Tag Archives: New World wines

Marlborough Pinot Noir

There were six New Zealand producers represented at last month’s Decanter New World Fine Wine Encounter: Nautilus, Dog Point, Brancott Estate, Saint Clair, Mud House, and Mt Beautiful. The first four of these producers are based in Marlborough, and Mud … Continue reading

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Decanter New World Fine Wine Encounter

I recently attended the Decanter New World Fine Wine Encounter, held in the Landmark Hotel, London. It was my first ‘big’ wine tasting fair, so I thought I’d share a few reflections on the event and suggest an approach for … Continue reading

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Acidity, Alcohol & Sugar – the Wines

To illustrate the structural elements of acidity, alcohol and residual sugar in wine, we tasted eight different wines in four pairs. A  Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine is an archetypal bone dry, light-bodied French white. Made from the Melon de Bourgogne grape, this … Continue reading

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The kings of white wines

Riesling and Chardonnay are frequently credited as the ‘kings’ of white wine grapes. As well as  being capable of making superb wines, I imagine their status has much to do with the versatility of the grapes. Excellent wines are to … Continue reading

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There’s Kiwi Sav, and then there’s Kiwi Sav.

There’s New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, and then there’s New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc took the markets, and critics, by storm several decades ago now. It was to be the catalyst for huge growth in the burgeoning New … Continue reading

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The Approach: Red wine in the glass (Part I)

To follow up on my posts on the initial requirements for examining a wine blind, and the general appearance of white wine in the glass, this third ‘Approach’ post will deal with observing red wines in the glass and what … Continue reading

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Wine and Chocolate

I’m always suspicious of wines that claim to go with chocolate. Any wine that could possibly go with chocolate would need to be acidic enough to cut through the cloying chocolate coating over the palate, sweet enough to complement the … Continue reading

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