Tasting

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Step by Step how to Taste Bordeaux wine

How best to taste Bordeaux Red Wine Every wine has a story and it is our different senses that narrate this step by step, revealing clues as we taste. The Wine’s Appearance We look at the colour of a red wine and compare it to precious stones like ruby or garnet. Its colour can give … Continue reading

How to Match Food and Wine in Bordeaux – Vatel Hotel College

MATCHING FOOD & WINE Vatel #Vatel#Bordeaux 17 January 2017 Masters Students of Hotel Management, Bordeaux – We learnt about the lessons of food and wine matching and wanted to experiment ourselves with a range of foods with different characteristics (some not so easy) and a range of wines – 6 styles of white wines and 6 styles … Continue reading

Bordeaux Biodynamic properties and those going that way …

Pesticide residues in wines have been in the news this year in Bordeaux. Here is a list of those wines with zero levels being biodynamic (optimising natural defence) and organic (only natural products).  More and more properties in Bordeaux are moving across (even more experimenting on plots) despite the difficult climate (wet and warm)  biodynamic … Continue reading

Making sense in St Emilion at biodynamic Fonroque

It takes a person with vision and courage to decide to grow vines in the wet, warm climate of Bordeaux without using fungicide. Or perhaps even a little folly in the days when no-one had heard of biodynamics. Yet this is what Alain Moueix decided to do in 2002 after taking over the family vineyard. … Continue reading

Delivery Direct from the Vineyards of Bordeaux

SIP WINE CLUB Small Independent Producers Direct from them to you Here are four unknown wine discoveries that are totally SIP. Made uniquely by passionate producers from their own small independent family properties. Delivered direct to your doorstep cutting out any middle men. Authentic wines with their own particular story, the true wines of Bordeaux … Continue reading

Bordeaux’s Best Bar à Vin

Quite a new development the wine bars of Bordeaux are all the fashion now: Aperitif at the CIVB Maison du vin (opposite the tourist office), Bar à Vin open from 11 to 10pm (not Sundays or Bank Holidays) for a range of over 20 different appellations. Ask for a tasting sample rather than a glass … Continue reading

Top 5 Misleading Wine Myths

There are a number of beliefs in wine that are untrue and misleading. (Many of them seem to come from or be spread by so-called ‘wine experts’ themselves) Here are some of my favorites that have popped up over my 25 years ‘in wine’ (part one): “To correctly age wine you need to turn the … Continue reading

The Top of the Graves; Wine Trophy 2013

On Monday 14 October I was part of the 15 members of the jury which included Miss GlouGlou, the famous French wine blogger (and for Le Monde), Alexandre Pesle of the popular Camera Café plus oenologists, cavistes and winemakers. I have a soft sport for Graves since their cru classés were severed from them leaving … Continue reading

Bordeaux’s Key Grape Variety Aromas

RED GRAPE VARIETIES Cabernet Sauvignon Blackcurrant, blackberry, violets, spices, cedar, eucaplyptus, green pepper  –  unripeness (green pepper, IBMP), mint, chocolate With Age: Leather, nutty, toast, toffee Characteristics: high tannins due to thick skins, good ageing potential, ‘skeleton’   Cabernet Franc Raspberry, violets, pencil shavings, leafy, earthy, spicy, tobacco With age: musk, nutmeg, sandalwood, savoury Characteristics: … Continue reading

Lost in London – France’s Small Independent Wine Producers

The UK market is saturated with wine, surprising really with the second-highest duty in the EU (behind Ireland) at £1.90 per bottle (an increase of 46% in the last 4 years). Add VAT and it totals £2.40 per bottle. It is a very difficult market to enter, particularly if you are a small producer on your own. The smaller independent … Continue reading