We’re living in a Golden Age of wine. Let’s raise a glass to the good stuff.
Remember when the phrase “English wine” was an oxymoron? English wines are winning awards and plaudits the world over, with home grown sparkling wine, in particular, competing with Champagne now thanks to the chalky, sheltered South Downs region being similarly suited to the grape varieties of that region. And, at the vanguard of the English […]
Ask any singer and they’ll tell you that duets can be a risky proposition. Take David Bowie, for instance. In 1982 he teamed with Queen front man Freddie Mercury on “Under Pressure” and created one of the most beloved songs of all time. But three years later, when he joined forces with another legend to […]
Of California’s many AVAs, Sonoma and Napa Valley have dominated the world stage. But over time, other regions – especially those along the state’s Central Coast, like Paso Robles – have developed their own distinct character and have gained recognition for some exquisite Rhône and Bordeaux styles. The newest Golden State AVA to receive accolades […]
The Tonella family can speak to “Rutherford dust,” that almost mythical expression of terroir ascribed to the central Napa Valley region. “After more than 100 years and four generations of growing,” says Steve Tonella, “I thought it was time to make the finished wine.” The four-generation pact with Rutherford fruit began with a serendipitous meeting […]
For the genuine wine connoisseur, putting your favourite Grand Cru or Chateau d’Yquem in the fridge is as woeful an act of philistinism as using the wrong-shaped glass (too cold for wine, too dry for the cork, in case you wondered). For the seriously hardcore wine connoisseur, meanwhile, using any old wine cooler is too […]