Three chardonnay makers

Chatting to a couple of chardonnay makers recently, I discovered that one likes sulphides in his wine and the other hates sulphides.

Three Champagne keepers

Why would you want to keep an opened bottle of Champagne or sparkling wine? As ridiculous as it may sound, a lot of people do.

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.