Wine of the Week – Marlborough Magic

New Zealand has an unusual landscape, foreign enough to the observer to believe it is middle earth. Parts of it are fiord scared and look like parts of Scandinavia. Other areas are snow covered all year round. There are volcanic areas, large forests and great open plains. This diversity of the land brings the opportunity [...]

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Wine of the Week – The Rare Sauvignon Gris

I can hear you! “Sauvignon Gris you say”… “That can’t be right – it is Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Gris”… Well this grape does exist. Much the like the purple muscatel grape I wrote about a while back, the Sauvignon Gris is another rare grape that is on the brink of extinction because of its [...]

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Wine of the Week – Wine For Under Your Sombrero

A wine match for the tricky rich spicy Mexican dish you are planning.

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Wine of the Week – Chardonnay: Lovely Chablis

Well I can’t go through a summer without mentioning Chardonnay. This versatile and popular grape has gained a bit of a poor reputation recently. You often see the terraces and beer gardens populated with the “in crowd” guzzling rich and heavily oaked Chardonnay. For me, these wines get tired pretty quickly in such a setting. [...]

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Ratings For Wine – Are They Useful?

I was bumbling around with the idea of providing a rating for wines in my Wine of the Week blog. I did not want to compete with the professional wine rating gurus. Instead, I wanted to give an entertaining and rather simply option for rating the wines I take the time to write about. I [...]

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Wine of the Week – Are You Hot? Have A Wine To Cool Down

The teeth of summer have been out recently. You know the days; walking on the streets and stopping at stores which have the best air-conditioning rather than the quality of the produce inside, you stay outside for as long as possible before going attempting to sleep. For me, however the positives far outweigh the negatives. [...]

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Wine of the Week – Alsatian Grace

The Pinot Gris from Alsace is not for everyone, but try it with the local food and you will be hooked!

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Wine of the Week – Austrian Blondes

I visited the Taste of Amsterdam food and wine festival last night. As the name suggest there was a lot on offer from the best restaurants and chefs, wine importers, some wine producers in The Netherlands and from around Europe. A good mixture of Michelin stars and up and coming restaurants were offering their signature [...]

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