The Wines of the Silver Screen -Wine’s Screen Love Affair

Renaissance Astronomer, Scientist and Poet, Galileo famously said that, ‘wine is sunlight held together by water’ and this strangely echoes the idea that film too is sunlight captured. So i suppose that it is not too strange that wine and film has had a fairly close and lengthy history together. This struck me recently when a wave of French wine contacts began emailing about the … Continue reading The Wines of the Silver Screen -Wine’s Screen Love Affair

The Land Of The Long White Cloud – Vineyards At The End Of The Earth /

The Great Leap From Sheep To Sauvignon The first Sauvignon Blanc vines planted in New Zealand’s Marlborough region were sown in 1973. The foresighted, or reckless people who did this were the owners of the then family run Montana Winery. By 1979 Montana had produced the first commercial Sauvignon Blanc and within a decade after that, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, from a standing start would … Continue reading The Land Of The Long White Cloud – Vineyards At The End Of The Earth /

The Splinter In Californian Wine Dreaming

“The American people are impatient, its an important part of what we are, so right now everyone in the US cannot wait for this downturn, this recession to be over. They want done with it. And things are beginning to move.” says Andrew Quady, owner and winemaker of one of the world’s most sought after sweet winemaking wineries, Quady Wineries, home of the iconic and … Continue reading The Splinter In Californian Wine Dreaming

Beyond Pink – Valentines Day Wines

Valentine’s Day is at last upon us, and after almost a month of having to hack your way through the layers of pink cards, pink bows, pink and satin boxes of chocolates and of course, the almost ocean-like walls of pink wines that miraculously appear for the 14th of February, no one who has ventured from their home can legitimately say they did not realise … Continue reading Beyond Pink – Valentines Day Wines

The Re-Birth Of South African Wine – Again

The South African Goal / The Re-Birth Of South African Wine The South African wine industry has had perhaps the most varied history of all the world’s wine regions. South Africa’s wine industry was founded before many of the most famous and ancient Chateaux in the Old World were even built or their vineyards planted. Many of the world’s most famous classed growth Chateaux, located … Continue reading The Re-Birth Of South African Wine – Again

Penfolds, The New World’s Quality Colossus – The Southern Star

“The phrase the New World is definitely problematic” says Peter Gago, Chief Winemaker at Penfolds, arguably the most important winery in the New World and home to Australia’s most revered and expensive wine, the Shiraz superstar Penfolds Grange. “That word, New, is the problem. In wine it brings all sorts of baggage. It is often used negatively, suggesting that something has just been started up. … Continue reading Penfolds, The New World’s Quality Colossus – The Southern Star