Six styles of Bordeaux wine explained in simple steps

bordeaux wine styles explained

Bordeaux wine might be a bit daunting; ooooh all those different tastes, styles, let alone names we can’t pronounce properly.

I went along to a Bordeaux tasting run by Dan Harwood at Vinea, Liverpool, on behalf of the Bordeaux Wine Council. ( Dan has some wise words to share and some simple little word clouds too, which help take the mystique out of this region in the south west of France.

Bordeaux’s latitude is north, but the Gulf Stream warms the region and creates a mild climate; and together with being near to the sea, the region enjoys mild winters and mild summers which means a longer growing season. So grape varieties that wouldn’t normally ripen at that latitude can do, particularly cabernet sauvignon. Continue reading

Secret Sydney: Jane Clare is Down Under and up on high in Australia

Secret Sydney Travel Review: Jane Clare

YOU can take the Northern Girl (that’s me) out of the northern hemisphere and plonk her firmly and squarely in the middle of Sydney, upside down and thousands of miles from home, and she’ll still yearn for pie, peas and gravy.

And that’s exactly what I got. My first meal in this welcoming, blue sky, crisp, clean, friendly city was eagerly grabbed from Harry’s Café de Wheels; a stop-by-and-be-tempted kiosk which has been frequented by the great and the good.

I know this, because their pictures were on the walls.

I was as giddy as a kipper. Not just about the pie for lunch (it was scrummy) but because I’d arrived in this city on the eastern coast of Australia just a couple of hours earlier and was excited to discover its secrets.

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