Wine Insights

Amphorae explained

An amphora is a pottery vessel used to transport liquids including wine. They were widely used in the Mediterranean thousands of years ago.

Start your own wine club

Bob Campbell MW encourages students at his Wine Certificate Courses to start their own wine club. They can make it as serious or as social as they like.

Head for the hills

An increasing number of New Zealand vineyards are being planted on hillsides despite the extra cost of tending and harvesting hillside vines.

Should wine be decanted?

The late Professor Émile Peynaud was not a fan of aerating wine by decanting it, claiming that the action of oxygen dissolved in a sound wine when ready to serve is usually detrimental.

How frost decimates vineyards

Frost has been much in the news lately, as early spring frosts have decimated vineyards throughout Europe, especially France and the northern half of Italy.

Back to the future

An increasing number of winemakers are employing ancient winemaking techniques to produce wines with gustatory as well as historic merit.

Buying a wine cellar

Andrew had been storing his cache of wines under the stairs in the basement of his house. He noticed that some of his treasured bottles were not ageing as well as they should. It was time to spend a bit of money on wine storage.