Curious to know more about this fortified wine? Port has a long history in Europe. The Portuguese vineyards date back to antiquity but it was the arrival of trade links with the UK in the 12th century that were the main engine for the rise of Portugal's wine industry. What can I say, we Brits … Continue reading What Is Port Wine
I rarely write up the few Port wines that I try. Mainly because I find them too heavy to drink for long and, as they're often served at the end of a large meal, I'm often a bit tipsy and neither know nor care how they taste. Shame really as this fortified wine is deserving … Continue reading Grahams Late Bottled Vintage Port 2014
As always if I drink a wine from an area, then we have to look it up. Particularly if it is a wine I seriously enjoyed like the Barossa Ink 2015. So here is a link to the website of Barossa Valley Grape and Wine Association, and also our colleagues at winefolly.com's take on the … Continue reading The Barossa Valley
The final red wine from the Christmas Wine Tasting at the Lion and Lamb and surprisingly my favourite. Why a surprise? Because it's a Shiraz and I usually associate these with spicy peppery reds, with which I have love/hate relationship, there is no in between. But this particular Shiraz turned out to be the fruitiest … Continue reading Barossa Ink Shiraz 2015
The third red wine from the Christmas Wine Tasting at the Lion and Lamb and a Spanish classic: Rioja Gran Reserva. When I saw this on the tasting list I thought 'oh good I'll be able to take a break', because let's face it, I've drunk tonnes of Rioja in my time. I was more … Continue reading El Meson Rioja Gran Reserva 2012
For those of you wondering where Cahors is. Here's winefolly.com's map of the French wine regions.
Courtesy of winefolly.com Malbec (sometimes called Côt and Auxxerois) is from France, where it grows in the Sud-Ouest. The thick-skinned grape is a natural cross of two esoteric varieties that are from Montpellier (in Languedoc-Roussilon) and Gaillac in the Sud-Ouest. Today the majority of France’s Malbec is found in Cahors, a small town on a … Continue reading A Little Malbec History
The second red wine from the Christmas Wine Tasting at the Lion and Lamb and my seventh of the night (wine that is not glass, as I had two glasses of some). Needless to say the tasting notes are getting sparser, it was a miracle I was able to write at all. Please don't let … Continue reading Le Malbec du Clos Triguedina 2016
Your fun fact of the day courtesy of the Larousse Wine Guide. Seems Chile is one of the few areas not to suffer from the phylloxera bacteria.
Time to start learning my Chilean wine regions. I really enjoy wines from this country and have drunk a fair few in my day, so it's shocking that I cannot name any of their wine regions. It occurred to me when I was looking up information on my last wine tasting, Errazuriz Pinot Noir. Well … Continue reading Aconcagua Valley, Chile