Cork is a good friend but a very bad – and unpredictable – enemy. You never know if it’s going to kiss you or punch you on the nose.
Counoise is a variety found in the Southern Rhône that beginning to rear its head in Australia.
Natural wine is “on trend” right now, but is it simply wine made without additives or are some additives permitted?
Swirling: is it just pretentiousness, or is it backed up by physics?
Judging 150-180 wines a day for several days in a row is hard work. It’s also a great learning experience and chance to rub shoulders with other judges who feel as passionate about wine as you do.
Bronze medal wines can sometimes be overlooked, but there is top value to be found in this category.
Establishing the true age is a key question in frauds involving very old wines.
Hydrogen sulphide (H2S) commonly occurs in wine and volcanic activity, as I was reminded on a visit to the active volcano on the Greek island, Nysyros.
Élevage is a French word that describes the important process between fermentation and bottling.
We should decant our chardonnays as often as we decant our reds.