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  • Raise a glass with your left hand to toast mollydookers
    Aug 16, 2019 8:00 am

    Raise a glass with your left hand to toast mollydookers

    It was only when a communication from Australia came in that I realised that I would unfortunately miss a particularly important day to write about this month and to contemplate what our Queen, Prince Charles, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama and even...

  • Highly rated from the Rhône Valley
    Aug 9, 2019 8:00 am

    Highly rated from the Rhône Valley

    A few weeks ago, in an article about hail damage, I mentioned that we would shortly feature a few very fine Rhône wines in our stores and that were part of the package when we became involved with Discovery Wines.

    I will give you three...

  • Bottling a climate
    Jul 26, 2019 8:00 am

    Bottling a climate

    I should warn you, dear reader, that the article today will be more about a cause than details on the wines themselves.

    Wine is about 85 per cent water and we are told that our brain is composed of 73 per cent water; our lungs ring in at...

  • The modern answer to hail damage
    Jul 19, 2019 8:00 am

    The modern answer to hail damage

    I first saw anti-hail nets while visiting Mendoza, Argentina. They were on frames that ran along the vine rows and could swing open, rather like an Andean condor spreading its 5ft wings (10ft span).

    When not in use, they folded up...

  • Breaking through the glass ceiling in oenology
    Jul 12, 2019 8:00 am

    Breaking through the glass ceiling in oenology

    As I have spent much of the past couple of weeks watching the Fifa Women’s World Cup, my wife suggested that I write about wines made by females.

    Few women would argue with the statement that their sense of hearing is far more acute than...

  • Italian rebels: the Super Tuscans
    Jul 5, 2019 8:00 am

    Italian rebels: the Super Tuscans

    Wikipedia tells us that “an extraordinary number of wines claim to be the first Super Tuscan” and I tend to agree, based on the claims of a few folks that I know.

    Whoever it was, the fact is that back in the 1970s, wines started to emerge...

  • The underappreciated half bottle
    Jun 28, 2019 8:00 am

    The underappreciated half bottle

    This morning found me wandering around the office muttering to myself: “What am I going to write about this week?”

    The suggestion was offered that half bottles might be a good idea and, so, here we go.

    Magnums, bottles and...

  • Three St Emilion mavericks
    Jun 21, 2019 8:00 am

    Three St Emilion mavericks

    I call this a story about mavericks. I could have heeded my thesaurus and used nonconformists, eccentrics, individualists or even rebels, as I feel it fair to label the mentioned winemakers any of these. They are all forward-thinking, highly...

  • Wines to complement grill fare
    Jun 14, 2019 8:00 am

    Wines to complement grill fare

    With the long weekend ahead of us I would suspect that pleasant, crowd-pleasing wines with enough body and flavour to stand up to outdoor grilling would be what many are looking for.

    You may have heard of an innovative trend where certain...

  • Penfolds: a one in a million brand
    Jun 7, 2019 8:00 am

    Penfolds: a one in a million brand

    It is estimated that there are about one million wine producers and, for 2019, Penfolds has been awarded the most admired wine brand by Drinks International.

    This is no fly-by-night decision as the publication and their...

  • You say garnacha, I say grenache
    May 31, 2019 8:00 am

    You say garnacha, I say grenache

    Heraclitus of Ephesus made an insightful observation 2,500 years ago when he said: “Change is constant.”

    At the time, wine grapes had been harvested in his country for 4,000 years.

    Fast forward to the year of my birth and our species...

  • And the winner from New Zealand is ...
    May 17, 2019 8:00 am

    And the winner from New Zealand is ...

    Last week, I championed chardonnay, but freely admitted that sauvignon blanc is the top drop here. Most hail from New Zealand and even though this country only accounts for about 1 per cent of the world’s total wine production, I estimate that...

  • Environmentally friendly new arrivals for spring
    Mar 29, 2019 8:00 am

    Environmentally friendly new arrivals for spring

    Tomorrow, more than 7,000 cities in at least 187 countries will turn off their lights for one hour.

    I understand that Greenrock in Bermuda is encouraging us to do the same between 8.30pm and 9.30pm, to make folks aware of this annual Earth...

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