Chablis

basic wine grapes

Basic wine grapes: Facts about six of the best

I WATCHED a lovely couple – well I’m sure they were lovely – looking totally bemused in a wine shop the other day. They were walking up and down the reds baffled, nay, befuddled, by the choices in front of them. So here’s some simple guidance on six basic wine grapes. You’ll see them all the time… but do you know if you’ll like …

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Women like blokes with wine knowledge but are they bluffing?

IF you’re lackadaisical about wine labels; if you rage about reds or whimper over whites; if you blush at a barolo or glaze over at a gerwurztraminer; if you pale at a pinot noir or think tempranillo is a percussion instrument;  fear not. Because you might not be the only one. As another Bank Holiday is …

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Monte Vallon Chardonnay IGP Pays d’Oc 2011

A celebration of the Chardonnay grape’s many personalities

Chardonnay. The most popular grape variety in the world. To borrow a theme from another beverage, if chardonnay made women, they would be as classy and steely-cool as Lauren Bacall; or as honeyed, rounded and voluptuously-complex as Marilyn Monroe; or maybe satin-lip frothy, but pin-bright and sparkling with a Grace Kelly-like elegance; or perhaps as …

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Chablis: The people behind the wine and the wine is their life

Chablis, a wine for pleasure; warm summer evenings; for dinner parties, comfortable nights-in. Special occasions. A name recognised on shelves as having a pedigree. When I visited Chablis for the Saint-Vincent Tournante du Chablisien Festival in February, I was lucky enough to meet some of the people behind the wine – the characters and the traditions …

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Chablis Vineyards

Pictures: A visit to the Chablis wine festival

Gallery: I visited Chablis in February 2011 and enjoyed the Saint-Vincent Tournante du Chablisien festival as well as visiting several wineries to enjoy Chablis wine. Read the stories from my Chablis visit. Here is a selection of pictures. [slickr-flickr tag=”chablis” descriptions=”on” type=”galleria” options=”autoplay:3000; imageCrop:true; carousel:false; transitionSpeed:1000; transition:pulse””]