To write well about wine, to engage with an audience and do that consistently over many years is no mean feat. These days, many aspire, but few are chosen. Hugh Johnson has been at it now for 55 years. His latest book, subtitled Good Bits from 55 years of Scribbling, does exactly what it says on the tin. Right from the start, he grasped that
Some facts about New Zealand Wine
The New Zealand Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc ocean
There is more to New Zealand wine than Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and yet Sauvignon Blanc still accounted for 72%* of New Zealand wine grapes harvested in 2016 ; most of those came from Marlborough. Amazing especially when you consider that the grape was only planted in Marlborough in the 1970s.
"Natural wine" is a term that has been bandied about over the last few years but it is open to very loose interpretation.
It is regularly used as a substitu te for "organic" and / or "biodynamic", two terms which themselves are also often confused . Several other words are also freely used to embrace the three concepts of natural, organic and bio-dynamic - raw,
After the popularity of my two wine blogs on sulphites in wine
and on wine provenance
, I've been asked to take a look at other wine label information. So in this blog I'll look at the "ABV" percentage - what is that all about?
What does ABV mean?
I'm sure you are aware that it relates to the alcoholic strength of the wine
In celebration of the return to our virtual shelves of the fabulous Wally White from The Islander Estate
on Kangaroo Island, off the coast of Australia, let's take a look at the Semillon or Sémillon grape and why it is, in my opinion, hugely under-rated
What's the big deal with Semillon? Admittedly it is not going to appeal to people who prefer their white
Being a supertaster - superpower or a curse?
It is estimated that approximately 25% of the population are 'supertasters' which may sound like they possess a special power that could be quite useful when it comes to appreciating wine. Is it of benefit and what makes us supertasters or not?
First, how to test whether you are a supertaster, taster or a non-taster