Amicone Veneto Rosso 2013, Italy

It’s from the Veneto and it’s made from dried grapes – the same varieties used for Valpolicella. However, for reasons of geography (I think), it can’t be labelled Amarone… Amicone Veneto Rosso 2013, Italy (£9.99 Amazon) Full, hearty wine with an almondy perfume alongside the soft, warm cherry and kirsch notes, and vanilla-rich oak notes. […]

Champagne V. Testulat a Fifth Generation Champagne Estate

The Champagne Testulat estate dates back to 1862. Today the fifth generation of the family tends the 20 hectares (almost 50 acres) of vines and crafts the champagnes. The vineyards are located around the town of Epernay. We had an opportunity to taste four of Champagne Testulat champagnes in a tasting in Washington DC organized by the APVSA (the Association for the Promotion of Wine and Spirits in America). The first champagne tasted by this producer was the Blanc de Blancs Brut made with 100% Chardonnay. The dosage was 6g/l. The champagne spent three years aging prior to disgorgement. This yellow colored wine had multiple columns of tiny bubbles. Apples were noticed on the aroma and taste. The mouthfeel was soft. The champagne is perfect to use an an aperitif or paired with shellfish. The Carte d’or Blanc de Noirs Brut was an equal blend of Pinot Noir and Pinot ...

Traverse City Wine & Cider Festival Next Saturday

45 North Vineyard & Winery to attend Traverse City Festival

Saturday, June 24 is the date for the Traverse City Wine & Cider Festival. Wine enthusiasts and cider lovers will have access to wines and ciders from 20 wineries and cideries located in Northern Michigan. The Traverse City Wine & Cider Festival takes place at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons from 3 to 9pm on June 24. Attendees will have a variety of wine and cider samples to choose between. Wines available will include red and white still wines and late harvest. L. Mawby will be providing sparkling wine for the first few hours of the festival, so you may want to get there early! Wineries and cideries attending the festival include: 45 North Vineyard & Winery
Bel Lago Vineyards & Winery
Black Star Farms
Bluestone Vineyards
Boathouse Vineyards
Bowers Harbor Vineyards
Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery
Chateau Chantal

Château de Haute Serre Grand Vin Seigneur Cahors 2012, South West France

Have been a bit tardy reviewing this, some Oddbins stores may already be on 2014… Château de Haute Serre Grand Vin Seigneur Cahors 2012, South West France (£20 Oddbins) Gushes with dark berry and plum fruit, with aromatic notes of violets, wild herbs and spices, and with a backbone of tannins that make their presence […]

Historic Vineyards of Mâcon

Burgundy, known as Bourgogne in France, is one of the world’s most incredible wine regions. Due to an intense history dedicated to winemaking, there are stories to be told, lifetimes to preserve. Let this video, from Bourgogne Wines provide an introduction:


Vineyards in Burgundy have been cultivated for over 2,000 years, first by the Romans and eventually established by the church as nobility and monks and dukes not only cultivated vines and crafted wine, but spread the word about what was being done in their region. It was here that the barrel became more popular than the amphora for wine transportation and terroir became a notable practice for finding the perfect place to grow grapes. When the French Appellation d’Origine Protégée (then Controlée) system was established in 1936, Burgundy vineyards were among the first to adopt the system.
The Abbey of Cluny
In the village of Cluny in ...
Travel in Burgundy, Macon, Abbey of Cluny
Burgundy, Bourgogne, Mâcon
Map of Vineyards in Mâcon Burgundy

Feudo di Santa Tresa Rina Ianca Grillo/Viognier 2016, Sicily, Italy

Feudo di Santa Tresa Rina Ianca Grillo/Viognier 2016, Sicily, Italy (£8.99-£9.99 Adnams, Vintage Roots, Ocado, Stainton Wines, Budgens) Very attractive wine with the nutty, heady floral peaches and cream of Viognier balanced by the perkier textured wet walnut of Grillo, quite rich, even naughty and voluptuous, but then has a crisp and lively finish. Lobster […]