Tis the Season to be Frothy

December 15, 2016 Darren Gall 0

  Effervescence or “bubbles” in wine has been around for a long time and recorded by the ancient Greeks and Romans. But the cause of the bubbles was unknown, attributed to phases of the moon […]

La Rioja

December 1, 2016 Darren Gall 0

The red wines of the Rioja region are perhaps the most famous Spanish wines throughout the world, medium to fuller bodied, fruit driven reds full of bucolic charm and bold expressions of flavour. The harvesting […]

Wine for the Thanks

November 22, 2016 Darren Gall 0

It’s November and that means Americans all over the world are getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving Day, which is always celebrated on the fourth Thursday of the eleventh month. In 1620, a small ship called […]

Marlborough Country

November 6, 2016 Darren Gall 0

Many wine critics, judges and connoisseurs believe that the Marlborough wine region in New Zealand has such a special affinity for the Sauvignon Blanc grape variety that it produces the very finest examples of the […]

Nectar of the Gods

October 27, 2016 Darren Gall 0

In the mythology of the ancient Hungarians, (the Magyars), the world is divided into three levels, the upper world, middle world and lower world. This is signified by the ‘Tree of Life’, whose canopy and […]

Chile Rising

October 20, 2016 Darren Gall 0

  Take one of Chile’s finest winemakers, a precocious young South African Chef and an imperial old Chinese House and something truly remarkable is bound to happen. Set on the ‘Pacific Ring of Fire’ and […]

Penh Noir

October 13, 2016 Darren Gall 0

  I do enjoy the organoleptic pleasure of a fine match between glass and dish and I am ever so prone to preferring certain wine styles in the dark, humid heat of the Cambodian night. […]

Red Gold

October 6, 2016 Darren Gall 0

Certain grape varieties or wines have what might be termed a beneficial symbiosis with a particular patch of ground, an area where the soil and climate conspire to assist it more than others. I well […]

The Iron Baron and the Blood of Jove

September 23, 2016 Darren Gall 0

  On September 24th, 1716 the Grand Duke Cosimo III de’ Medici, for the first time in history decided to demarcate those land parcels deemed especially ideal for the production of high quality wine. These […]

The No. 22

September 9, 2016 Darren Gall 0

  A somewhat innocuous looking number the number 22, ‘Two Little Ducks’ as it is known in bingo halls. The Number 22 London bus takes you from Putney Common to Piccadilly Circus and in Pokemon […]

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