Tag Archives: summer wines

Wines of Alsace

In the 18 months or so that I have been blind tasting, I have occasionally seen a (generally more-experienced) taster stick their nose into a glass and exclaim, “Smells Alsatian“. They then have a taste, swirl the wine around their … Continue reading

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Essence of Condrieu

Viognier is a difficult grape varietal to deal with. When ripening, the grapes rapidly build up high sugar levels, often before the grapes reach phenolic, or ‘flavour’, ripeness. The challenge is to achieve this phenolic ripeness before the grapes develop … Continue reading

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A pair of pizza pairings

With the summer fading to an autumnal August, the barbecue has been (temporarily I hope) retired. It was thus instead homemade pizza night and I was searching for a Barbera – an easy-drinking, uncomplicated Italian red, perfect for pizzas. Having … Continue reading

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Deutz at Dinner

It’s a humid summer evening. You’re seated at a restaurant poring over the wine list, trying to find something that matches your mood, the food, and the weather. Something light for the humidity, chilled against the heat. There are, of … Continue reading

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Unknown Italians

A few months ago I came to love Italian wines. I can even narrow down the experiences that led to this epiphany. First was a tasting of, among other Italian wines, a 2000 Barolo from the Roagna Family Estate. The … Continue reading

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