Wine

Corks Vs. Screwcaps

Friday, January 20, 2017
By Peter Eacersall
Corks  Vs. Screwcaps

If you go into a supermarket in the UK, the majority of wine bottles will be sealed with screwcaps. In a supermarket in Spain or France there are very few. Why is this? »

New Wines

Friday, December 2, 2016
By Peter Eacersall
New Wines

We should be extremely grateful to Viognier for coming along when it did. We, white wine drinkers, were looking for something new that wasn’t oaked Chardonnay or zesty Sauvignon blanc. »

Wines: Reds, king & Quiz

Sunday, October 30, 2016
By Peter Eacersall
Wines: Reds, king & Quiz

A very diverse offering, with wines ranging from light, fresh, whites to Spain’s biggest, burliest dry reds. The most famous, and most expensive is Ribera Del Duero, but there are a lot of more affordable wines to try. »

Pairing Cheese and Wine

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
By Peter Eacersall
Pairing Cheese and Wine

General de Gaulle, the former president of France once said that it was impossible to govern a country that produced 250 different cheeses! Today it's more like 350. »

Fortified Wines

Tuesday, August 30, 2016
By Peter Eacersall
Fortified Wines

Before modern techniques were available most wines were fortified. This involves adding strong alcoholic spirit to stop the wine going off and to give the wine muscle to travel. »

Spanish Wine Regions

Sunday, October 4, 2015
By Peter Eacersall

A detailed explanation about the different wine regions of Spain. »

Corked Wine & Chilled Reds

Saturday, August 29, 2015
By Peter Eacersall
Corked Wine & Chilled Reds

“Waiter, take this wine back, it’s corked!” So what has actually happened? This is a bad cork, one that has been attacked by a cork weavil (inside the cork)... »

Summer Drinking

Saturday, August 15, 2015
By Peter Eacersall
Summer Drinking

Rueda is good news and it is now in all the bars in Spain. It comes from near the town of Valladolid and is dry but very fruity and very much better than the white wines of Rioja, which have no real flavours due to the Viura grape. »