Tag: Winemaking

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. […]

Étienne de Montille on the philosophy of winemaking

With Burgundy on our mind – and palate – in the midst of Burgundy 2013: En Primeur, we caught up with Étienne de Montille, who has taken Château de Puligny-Montrachet from strength to strength since taking over in 2001. Here he shares his impassioned blueprint for making great Burgundy. I try to make the wine that […]