Tag: Exploring & Tasting Wine

Bordeaux: the Left Bank explained

In an extract from our Wine School’s introductory book, Exploring & Tasting Wine, we explain why Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes on Bordeaux’s Left Bank, producing some of the world’s finest and most long-lived wines. Cabernet Sauvignon rose to international wine stardom thanks to an almost perfect CV. Its referees include the Bordeaux châteaux everyone on the […]

‘German? It must be sweet – I won’t like it…’

Many wine-drinkers make this leap – and miss some stunning wines. Modern German wines range from dry and appetising to gloriously sweet… but which is which? In an extract from our new book, Exploring & Tasting Wine: A wine course with digressions, Catriona Felstead MW reveals all. Knowing what’s in a tall, elegant Alsace or […]

The best bottle-filled books

Our Chairman Simon Berry has compiled a short list of those literary works that he deems ‘essential’ for every young wine-lover; here he introduces, and justifies, those titles that made the cut. When I got my first proper job in the wine trade, in November 1976, my father gave me a copy of Hugh Johnson’s […]

The rise of the Super Tuscans – and the response

In the second extract from our new book, Exploring & Tasting Wine, Chris Pollington – Italy Specialist – describes how the arrival of French grapes in Tuscany produced a clutch of new wines – and helped to spark a revival of the region’s indigenous varieties. Sangiovese, the great indigenous grape of Tuscany, is heralded today […]