Jun 10, 2013
Charles Back’s South African winery Fairview has recently released the first bottling of a new Méthode Cap Classique sparkling wine. It was made by winemaker Stephanie Betts and was inspired by a 6 week internship at Nyetimber in the English winelands in 2010. Unusually for a South African bubbly, the wine is a blend of Viognier (36%), Grenache Noir (34%) and Grenache Blanc (30%). Charles Back has...
May 31, 2013
Two years ago I got in touch with Sainsburys and Tesco regarding their policies on returning corked wine. You can read their responses here. I did the same with Waitrose this week and this was their response. Thank you for your email. When ordering wine with us online through Waitrose Direct, we offer a 28 day return policy on corked or damaged wines. We arrange for the wine to be collected, and the order...
May 23, 2013
With Tim Atkin’s Cape Classification causing some healthy and lively debate on social networks I thought it would be interesting to compare his list to the membership card of the Premium Independent Wineries of South Africa (PIWOSA).
May 21, 2013
I don’t know if this is her own phrase or not, but Helen McGinn of the Knackered Mothers’ Wine Club said something so simple and so true during her chat this morning at the London Wine Fair…
May 19, 2013
I am not sure how long these have been on the shelf, but I was interested to see these two bottles in my local M&S yesterday. Labelled as Sauvignon Blanc with Apples and Tempranillo Rose with Strawberries they are in the wine section but don’t use the word wine anywhere on the packaging. Fruit wines are nothing new but the way that these products are positioned is interesting. They are marketed...