Burgundy’s grapes: Pinot Noir

“For me, there’s no better red wine on the planet than Pinot Noir. And there’s no better place for Pinot Noir than Burgundy.” – Dominique Lafon  The differences between Burgundy’s two grape varieties go beyond mere physiology. It’s a question of personality, really. Chardonnay is easy-going and adaptable, happy to make its home where it lays its […]

Burgundy’s grapes: Chardonnay

Across the world, Chardonnay may be considered a divisive “Marmite” grape, but in Burgundy, it reigns supreme. For anyone starting their Burgundy adventure, the region’s sheer complexity can be daunting. Thankfully, there’s at least one aspect which is really quite simple: the grape varieties. All the great wines of Burgundy are produced from either Chardonnay or Pinot […]

A moment with Constantia Glen’s Alexander Waibel

Fine wine specialist Adam Holden catches up with Constantia Glen’s Alexander Waibel to get a taste for their wines, and their winemaking philosophy.  It’s nine years since I made my first visit to Constantia Glen in South Africa’s Western Cape. They were quite new at the time. They made their first white in 2005, with […]

Ridge: the power of Zin

Ridge Vineyards might have made its name with Monte Bello, a Cabernet blend – but many wine lovers know it best for its expressions of California’s flagship grape, Zinfandel. A far cry from the blush bottles and sweet jammy styles that Zin might conjure, Adam Holden explains why these iconic wines are worth seeking out […]