Category Archives: Wine Regions

Beyond the Bubbles: the Esssence of Champagne

The essence of champagne for me is its strong sense of unity that bridges across the regions diversity. It starts at appellation level; Champagne is the only AOC for the sparkling wine of the region. Unlike other French appellations, there … Continue reading

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On the wine road – part 2: in search of “iconic” Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

On this very grey autumn day, the blue skies and warm days of the Napa Valley last August seem very far away and I feel a little guilty that it has taken me this long to write the sequel to … Continue reading

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Wine Bloggers Conference Portland 2012 & Pre-trip to Eugene,,,,,,,,, Continue reading

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Being a blogger, press trips and different ways to visit and learn…

I have been thinking a lot lately about blogger’s trips and other freebie’s and what they mean to me or what I expect to take away from them. I think all of this has been brought on by the discussion … Continue reading

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Champagne vine rumours, bubbly tastings and rock and roll

This post is a little out of the ordinary as it is probably the most personal message I have ever written to be published in public. Then again sometimes honesty is the only way to make yourself heard… Last week … Continue reading

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A quick review of Prowein 2012

Last weekend I attended Prowein in Dusseldorf. Over the past decade Prowein has developed itself into THE wine fair to attend in Europe. It attracts visitors and exhibitors from all over the world and with a lot of determination and … Continue reading

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Champagne Tarlant – the one Champagne I really cannot get enough of :-)

Champagne Tarlant, is a small independent champagne grower in Oeuilly, in the Vallée de la Marne. The Tarlants started growing grapes and making still wine in the 17th century and almost as soon as the technology allowed it Louis Tarlant, … Continue reading

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A little Port history at the Graham’s & Sandeman’s lodge in Villa Nova de Gaia

In the run up to this Fridays’s first International #PortDay organised by the Centre for Wine Origins I would like to share the beautiful experience fellow #winelover Onneca Guelbenzu and I had visiting a few Port Lodges at the end … Continue reading

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Lessons learned at the Adegga Wine Market 2011 (#AWM2011)

On the first of December I attended the Adegga Wine Market (#AWM2011 on twitter) in Lisbon. The Wine Market is a project of Adegga, Portugal’s largest wine review site. It started out rather small 3 years ago when the Adegga … Continue reading

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My private Piper Heidsieck tasting became a life changing experience in Champagne

As some of you may know I have been travelling for most of the summer looking for the next place to settle and find my place in the (wine) world. Since I passed the certified sommelier exam in February this … Continue reading

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