“What’ll it be boys, burgundy or claret?”, asked the gravely-voiced owner of Bordeaux Wines on Lincoln Road. It was 1975. As a recent convert to wine I’d decided to visit every winery in Western Auckland with a wine-wise friend. We’d started our tour by calling on the curiously named winery simply because we’d never tasted its wines.
Can a screwcap wine be corked?
Yes, in theory at least, but it’s about as likely as finding a Kakapo in Queen Street. Cork taint is caused by a mould that grows in the bark of the cork oak. A by-product of the mould forms the chemical 246 trichloranisole (tca) – the source of 90% of cork taint according to the Australian Wine Research Centre.
Australian, American and Asian airlines are the worst. European airlines are pretty good. Air New Zealand is a shining example of an airline that uses politically perfect prose.
It’s easy to learn about wine. You simply drink more of it. Before I get a stern letter from the Alcoholic Liquor Advisory Board I should explain that by “more of it” I mean a wider range of wines rather than an increased volume of your favourite drop. The same rule applies to food. You won’t learn much about Indian cuisine by tucking into a Vindaloo every Friday night.
There are two sorts of wine drinkers; those who drink Sauvignon Blanc regularly and those who drink it occasionally. It seems to me that the whole world is in love with Sauvignon Blanc.
I count myself as an expert on matching wine with this dish as it is one of my favourites. The classic match with lamb is Cabernet Sauvignon, or perhaps a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with other grape varieties such as Merlot or Malbec. Why? Lamb
I bought a bottle of Montana Pinot Gris recently and was surprised to read “The wine was clarified the traditional way using dairy and fish products. Traces may remain.” Since when have dairy and fish products been used to make wine? – J Simmons, Tauranga
Riesling is the oyster of the wine world. You either love it or hate it – there’s no middle ground. I love it. I have trouble understanding why everyone doesn’t share my passion. Riesling is, in my view, the world’s greatest white grape variety.
Merlot is a thinking man’s Cabernet Sauvignon. Merlot is for people who like Mozart, cryptic crosswords, artichokes and Kim Hill. In fact the thought of sharing a bottle of Merlot with Kim Hill while listening to Mozart, eating artichokes and doing a cryptic crossword gets me quite excited. Merlot is not easy to understand but when you do figure it out you’ll never drink Cabernet again.
Stop 100 people in the street and ask them to name their favourite white grape variety. About five will name Riesling. Even the variable and mostly lack-lustre Pinot Gris is more popular than Riesling. But then Eminem is dramatically more popular than Mozart. I take the extreme view that Eminem is not fit to clean Mozart’s boots. I feel the same about Pinot Gris and Riesling.