Category: Food and wine

  • Organic winemaking

    What is organic wine?

    To begin, we need to go back to 1981 when the term “organic farming” was first introduced to the world. The legal definition of organic farming says it is “farming which uses no synthetic chemical products”. This means the farmers can’t use many types of fungicides, fertilizers, and pesticides that can have a negative influence on the environment.

    But in winemaking, that's only half the story as organic winemaking is a process that takes place in both the vineyard and the winery... Continue reading

  • What is fortified wine?

    What is Fortified Wine?

    Fortified wine is developed by adding a distilled spirit. In most cases, it’s brandy. Why distilled spirits are added to the wine, what are its main features, what are the main types of fortified wines, are some of the most common questions about fortified wines. Here we will elaborate on all those answers and will try to reveal the true essence of the fortified wine. Continue reading

  • Aging wine and flavor

    What Happens To Wine As It Ages?

    Time changes everything, including wines. Over time, wine can change its aroma, color, and flavor. Whether the changes will be good for the wine or not is another matter. Here’s an overview of what happens to wine as it ages.

    When wine is young, it has all of its basic flavors, like apricot in Viognier, plum in Merlot, or grassiness in Sauvignon Blanc. Furthermore, it is possible to find secondary notes related to the winemaking process, such as the vanilla flavor of oak. Continue reading

  • Charles de Courance Brut Rose Thumbnail

    Chateau Champagnes – Charles de Courance Brut Rosé

    Next up in our Chateau Champagnes review series, we're going to be tasting the Rosé version of the Charles de Courance Brut Champagne we've previously tried. Like the standard Brut, at under €20, it's also on the cheaper side, but since we're trying these in France we'll allow a healthy discount on international prices... Continue reading

  • Orange Wine

    An Introduction to Orange Wines

    For a long time, people thought that wine only comes in three basic colors: rosé, white, and red. Well, not quite! There is one more color, orange.

    But wait, that’s not a wine made from oranges, nor a mimosa cocktail. It is a real wine made from white grapes that has a unique and distinctive taste. Continue reading

  • Wine and sushi pairing

    Wine and Sushi Pairing according To Asia’s Best Sommelier

    The first thing that comes to mind when thinking of sushi is sake. This Japanese drink is also known as rice wine, even though it’s more of a beer than wine. But, that’s a completely different subject, for another blog post!

    According to Hiroshi Ishida, one of the most renowned sommeliers in Asia, ‘Sushi is designed to be enjoyed in one bite’. He believes that there is no point in ordering a different glass for every sushi flavor. He said that every wine should be paired with a minimum of two or three sushi dishes... Continue reading

  • Coq au vin

    Six Rules For Cooking With Wine

    Cooking with wine has been around for quite a while. With many households trying to discover new taste in their homes, using wine in cooking can help add variety to the flavor of food. When putting together a particular dish or recipe, it is essential to note that not just any kind of wine will do. A wrong combination of wine with a simple dish can eventually make the food unappealing to taste.

    However, a nice blend of wine with a simple recipe can make quite an elegant meal. We look at some simple rules for using wine when cooking. Continue reading

  • Ice wine

    A Guide to Dessert Wines

    Dessert wine has been in great demand for quite a while now, and its characteristic sweetness makes it mysteriously charming. How best to take dessert wines remains a bit of a puzzle considering its high alcoholic content as well as sweetness, but one thing that has never been in doubt is its richness in taste.

    While a lot of people like to refer all wines that generally accompany desserts as a dessert wine, others are of the school of thought that dessert wines can be taken alone or even with other sumptuous food. However, the United States wine industry defines the dessert wine as any wine that has alcoholic content measuring over 14% by content. This definition can be concluded to be the most definitive, and it’s safe to say fortified wines and unfortified wines fall within this class. Continue reading

  • Red wine tasting

    An idiots guide to hosting a wine tasting – Part 2

    A continuation of our "An idiots guide to hosting a wine tasting"

    An often overlooked aspect of any wine tasting is setting the scene for the event. It can be a very easy mistake to make to assume that once you’ve chosen and obtained the wine that the hard work is done - in reality, this is far from true... Continue reading

  • Wine tasting wine buy

    An idiots guide to hosting a wine tasting – Part 1

    Hosting a wine tasting is a brilliant occasion, which gives you and your guests an opportunity to explore a new world of wine together, While going wine tasting yourself can be a real treat, hosting an event is something else entirely - and something we’d really recommend to any lover of wine. Not only do wine tasting events give you a great opportunity to explore and try new wines, but also to do so not only from the comfort of your own home (or venue) but also alongside the company of friends who enjoy exploring the world of wine as much as you do. Continue reading