Category: New World

Grape or place on the label?

Why does a typical French wine label not name the grape variety, like wines from Australia, the USA or Chile? Here – in an extract from our introductory book Exploring & Tasting Wine – we explain a little about French wine law The red wines from Chinon and Bourgueil are made from Cabernet Franc but […]

How California got cool

There’s something going on out west: California is leaving behind its super-charged turbo-strength reputation, with a new generation striving for poise in their wines. Here, Sophie Thorpe traces the state’s exciting evolution California is unbelievably hip right now. As long as it’s the right California – the New California. In circles of natural-wine nuts, off-beat […]

Malbec: from lame duck to Latin lothario

Ahead of Malbec World Day on 17th April, Amanda Barnes explores the grape’s past, present and future Although best known as Malbec, this grape variety has over a thousand synonyms, according to French ampelographer Pierre Galet. Côt, Auxerrois, Doux Noir and Pressac are just a few. Its multiple monikers are an ode to the variety’s […]

Eat, drink and sleep: Barossa

As England faces a cold snap, Olivia Bodle provides welcome escape, dreaming of warmer climes with her guide to Australia’s Barossa Valley The hour’s drive north east of Adelaide to Barossa is almost eerily quiet and calm, the empty roads head straight through the parched landscape; arid squares turning suddenly into vineyards just before you […]