Tag: Winemaking

Sulphur: the enemy of terroir? Nay

With the trend for natural wine continuing, this month’s debate focuses on one of the geekier elements at play – sulphur dioxide. Today Adam Holden claims that SO2 is essential to quality winemaking and not nearly as ruinous as its reputation. The term ‘Contains Sulphites’ became a regular fixture on wines from 2002 (Council regulation […]

Alcohol: on the ascent?

In response to queries regarding the rising alcohol levels in wine, Martin Hudson – Master of Wine and Wine Education Specialist – examines why ABVs (alcohol by volume) might be on the rise, and whether or not they actually are. Wine is more alcoholic than it used to be: probably true, but why? There are […]

An audience with Álvaro Palacios – part two

In this second – and final – part of our audience with Álvaro Palacios, the 2015 Decanter Man of the Year lays bare his passion for bullfighting and describes what to expect from his latest vinous endeavour. We need a pyramid of quality in Spain. If not, we will never be respected by the high-end […]

An audience with Álvaro Palacios – part one

‘Focus’ and ‘perfection’ are two words commonly attributed to Álvaro Palacios, the man credited with reinstating Spain to the realm of fine wine. We sat down with the newly-crowned Decanter Man of the Year 2015 to talk vines, villages and “the whim of nature”. Being made Decanter Man of the Year was a real surprise. […]