Tag: Winemaking

How to make wine: sparkling

In the final part of our series exploring how wine is made, Barbara Drew explains the different methods that produce sparkling wine, including Prosecco, Cava or Champagne What makes a wine go fizz, or a cork go pop? Tiny bubbles of carbon dioxide dissolved in the liquid. The question of how the carbon dioxide gets […]

(Don’t) blame it on the weatherman

Wine in all its guises is much more than what happens in the cellar. As Bordeaux Petits Châteaux Buyer Oli Barton discusses here, the weather can have substantial impact on a year’s work for the whole region On my recent trip to Bordeaux I uncovered how much the region’s prosperity hangs on the elements and how […]

How to make wine: red

Continuing our series looking at exactly how wine is made, Wine and Spirits Education Specialist Barbara Drew explains the process for red wine – with the added complexities of tannin and colour When was the last time you ate a red grape? Next time you do, bite into one, give it a squeeze and you’ll […]

Notes from the vineyard: fermentation

With harvest done and dusted, and the juice safely in tank, Nyetimber’s winemaker Brad Greatrix details what happens next for the 2017 grapes, as the first fermentation gets underway It’s now been three weeks since the last of our grapes were harvested. It’s always a relieving and happy moment when all the fruit is inside […]