Soils in Nashik are very suited for viticulture due to the red clay (murum) interspersed with sand which brings in a desirable level of porosity, making the soils free draining
The following wines that would go well with your cozy evening get togethers, holiday meals and upcoming festive menus.
An excellent example of an ageing Rioja matured for upto 3 years before release, the quality of fruit going into this Rioja has been sourced historically from some of the best vineyards across Rioja and the evolution of the wine shows immense grace and finish
If you are keen to gift some iconic wines to your favourite vino-sseurs, here are some fabulous "fizz deals" that are worth looking out for.
Sancerre reigns as the King of Loire Valley, covering approximately 3000ha on the left bank of River Loire, with Pouilly Fume spanning the right taking up another 1,400 hectares. Did you know that Quincy, is only 40 km west of Pouilly Fume but also has been historically producing white wines from Sauvignon Blanc since the twelfth century!
2015 definitely was an outstanding year for Cru Bourgeois and the resulting wines are rich and ripe with intense deep black berries and black cherry notes but also equally zingy and playful.
The right kind of music should pull out the best of our vino-senses. But are we able to segregate each and every component of sound and then re-create these interactions to inhibit or enhance our olfactory receptors? How does the auditory stimuli affect our perceptions of taste? To understand and explore the implications of acoustical environment on our olfactory palate, I joined in as part of a team of wine journalists participating in Jo’s PhD research.
"Wearing their distinguished crimson red robes, white pleated jabot and a red torque, the Jurade conducted a highly solemn and dignified ceremony which involved "intronisation" of the dignitaries, then made a procession around the village to spread the word. The sun was out and the soft cooling breeze coupled with the calm procession made it all the more memorable and beautiful! "
What is more exciting is that Booths' wines will be made available in London through Booths online, during the Christmas week so no need to fret if you fall outside their operational zone. They will come to you within your comfort zone this Christmas!
A quiet wine revolution has been taking place over the last few decades. With investors now moving further south as prices of Tuscany go through the roof, the combination of volcanic and clay soils of Lazio have found a new home for wine passionists. And to keep updated with the new generation of trendy wine consumers, international varieties are getting planted now. And so, modern styles of dry, fruity and lean wines are very much part of the modern Central Italy offering. Much more cost effective and increasingly as competitive in quality as the neighbouring wines of Tuscany.
Taketsuru 21years old is Nikka’s special and highly revered blended whisky from their two distilleries : Miyagiko and Yoichi.
It took a full decade for the estate to turn around with the new pedigree of Organic and Biodynamic certification which has since, not only proved useful for their sustenance but also helped in leading the way for other Chablis producers who see J M Brocard as inspirational brand that models itself on an organic and biodynamic lifestyle, a revolution that is now spreading across France and many parts of Europe
Co-op is not only positioning itself as a bargain provider of quality wines but also strongly supports Fairtrade wines and local ales and craft businesses, with the intention to giving back to the community, promoting local wine growers and distillers as well as working towards building global sustainability.
Exploring Chablis is interesting as it comes in varied styles. The appellation laws clearly designate and classify these styles on the basis of quality of soils, slope and aspect, forming a pyramid where the top level wines clearly denote the highest quality and thereby, the steepest prices
Neudorf Chardonnay is a wine that when tasting blindfold, will instantly whisk you away, believing you are in the Burgundy region and then fly you around the world, leaving you wondering which region it could potentially start from and where it could finish. But this wine does not come from Burgundy communes, neither is Neudorf part of an old municipality of Switzerland nor a traditional village in Germany.