Three of a Kind

Three gorgeous grappas

Grappa is a word that spikes fear into the hearts of many drinkers. Why does grappa have such a bad reputation? At its best, it is one of the world’s great spirits.

Three closure tales

I had a chance to compare the effectiveness of three different wine closures after a container of German riesling was affected by heat in transit to New Zealand.

Three sous-voile wines

“Sous voile” means “under a veil”, in this case, the veil is the flor yeast that forms a film over the surface of the wine in the barrel.

Three oak alternatives

Oak barrel benefits may be successfully mimicked with the use of oak chips, barrel inserts or inner staves together with micro-oxygenation.