Condrieu – Exploring Treasures of the Northern Rhone

Maison Christophe Pichon Condrieu Northern Rhone Valley wine

There’s nothing quite like Condrieu. I remember my first sip of Viognier. It smelled of peach and oak, was thick and heavy on my palate, a wine I was not eager to run out for again. It was not flawed, but a very ripe style. It caused me to avoid the grape for years. Then I tasted a Condrieu. Just… Read more »

Brachetto d’Acqui Sparkling Wine To Brighten Up Lockdown

La Gironda Brachetto d'Acqui frizzante piemonte

Brachetto d’Acqui sparkling frizzante wine- bright, foamy and fizzy, perfect for aperitivo or a lazy afternoon, I’d invite it to my couch for a movie and dessert too.

Biodynamic Crémant in Bordeaux #Winophiles

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Chateau de Piote Crémant de Bordeaux AOP Blanc

Aubrion is not your ordinary woman. Deciding to change her life is how she, her husband and kids landed in Bordeaux making organic wines including Crémant at Château de Piote.

Crémant de Bordeaux, Sparkling Wine From the Land of Big Reds

A budget friendly sparkling wine from the land of big reds, a little known yet high quality alternative to Champagne. Why don’t more people know about Crémant de Bordeaux?!?

Women in Italian Wine: Meet Mateja Gravner #ItalianFWT

1999 Gravner Ribolla Gialla wine Fruili Venezia Giulia

A year ago March, Mark and I dropped in on Raw Wine London. When I told him about attending a session on Gravner wines he happily joined me. This is where we briefly met Mateja Gravner and tasted wines that marked our memory. The entire movement, raw and natural wines, is rather obscure and includes orange wine, an extended skin… Read more »

Alpine Wine Cooperative – How Things Roll In Alto Adige #ItalianFWT

Colterenzio vineyard Alto Adige Wine Region

Wine cooperatives play a key role in many regions around the world. Quality levels are all over the board but not in Alto Adige where they are the exception.