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  • Buy wine


       Buy wine can be quite a challenge, as there is often an immense range to choose from. Sometimes a little planning will be in your favour. Just knowing the type or style of a wine you want will make your buying decision that much easier.

     Building up some knowledge of the various wine merchants, in your area and on the internet, can be very advantageous. Each mechant tends to have a particular strong point. One may be extremly good on Bordeaux for example, or specialise in Italian wines, and they will be happy to pass on their experience to you – the customer.

    Remember too, that some knowledge of which producers are making particularly good wine, or which regions offer good value, puts you in a much more secure position.



    There was a time when you could almost tell at an instant where a wine came from, just by looking at the shape of the bottle. This still holds true for some of the more traditional regions, such as Alsace or Bordeaux, but a glance or two around the shekves of your local supplier will aslso reveal rha influence of design teams keen to catch the eye with bottle shapes that stand out from the crowd.


    The label

    A wine label provides an excellent opportunity to send a message and pass on information to a potential customer.

    In Europe, a place name may suffice. Chablis, Sancerre and Chateauneuf-du-Pape are all examples of French wines that the name is recongnised. In the ‘New World’ however, varietal labelling is the norm, as an increasing amount of wine is sold on the back of the name of the grape variety. The world’s most popular grape, Chardonnay, could be perceived as s wine style, such is the influence carried by its name alone. The fact that most white Burgundy is made from Chardonnay is left for those of us who care to find out.

    Find more about wine label here.

     Depending on the wine, and in some cases the region, the name of the producer can be extremly important. You may wish to take note of the vintage. This is particularly important where grapes are grown in marginal climates. Each label will also indicate the percentage of alcohol by volume, which can range from 7 – 15 per cent.

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  • Chambolle-Musigny Wine - French Wine


    Chambolle Musigny les CharmesThis is a feminine, almost gentle French wine of a pure ruby red with a nose filled with fruit (raspberry and cherry) when young, tending towards toadstools, humus, or game undertones when more mature. It is a elegant and refined French wine.   The better wines originate from the Premier Cru climats, especially that of Les Amoureuses, a name and a wine to fall in love with. The colour tends towards cherry red and the nose varies from raspberry to cherry brandy with hints of truffle, toadstool, or other fungus.

  • Pairing food with wine

    Pairing wine with good does not have to be a science although it can be confusing, particularly today when there is such choice in the food and wine available.

    Concentrating on the basic characteristics of various wines and the flavours of different foods is the key to finding compability. For a dinner party, it’s well worth taking the trouble to select a wine which will show off your food to good effect.

    When slelcting a wine to accompany food, consider the main ingradient and more importantly, the strongest flavour in the dish. It’s easy to match chichen when it;s plainly cooked, but in most cases a sauce or marinade provides the predominant flavour. A Thai green chicken curry presents a bit more of a challenge, but can be matched with a fruiy Sémillon or Sauvignon Blanc. Sharply flavoured chutneys and spicy salsas can affect the taste of a wine, and if a dish is cooked in beer, or generally makes sense to drink o similar beverage with it.


  • Tannin wine, tasting, terroir, tourism in Bordeaux

    Tannin wine

    Tasting wine This is a group of organic sub-stances found in the seeds, skin, and stems of grapes. It contributes to the aging potential of red wines, which have more tannin than white wines.


    Tasting wine

    Tasting is an art, a science, and a pleasure. It is also an inexhaustible subject of conversation, even disagreement. Whole books have been devoted to it, both theoretical and technical, but also peppered with amusing anecdotes.