Wine

Macabeo

Brought long ago from the Middle East, Macabeo has become well established in Spain and the vast French vineyard of Languedoc-Roussillon. The Spanish also refer to this grape as Viura, undoubtedly the workhorse of their white wines produced in the north of the country. Catalonia proudly has its own language, flag and capital city, Barcelona …

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Pinotage

With weather like we have all been experiencing, South Africa would be a good place to be. Even if you are not quite able to fit in a visit to those sunny climes you could enjoy that warmth from a bottle of red Pinotage wine. This is definitely the signature grape of South Africa, and …

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Pinot Blanc

A little known member of a notable family of grapes is white Pinot Blanc, a natural mutation of the more famous, black Pinot Noir. In both leaf structure and fruit clusters, Pinot Blanc closely resembles Chardonnay, causing a degree of confusion. It is, however, quite a separate species. Although originally found in Burgundy, Pinot Blanc …

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Prosecco

Prosecco is fast replacing champagne as the bubbly of choice. Perhaps it has been something to do with the economic situation of the last couple of years, but once people encounter this Italian beauty they seem happy enough to stick with it. Protected by European regulations, Prosecco may only be produced in the Conegliano and …

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Winter Reds

There’s nothing better than curling up with a nice warm glass of red wine during the winter season. Reds make the best companion to meats, which we tend to eat a lot of during the cold months. They’re also mainly served at lukewarm temperatures, unlike whites and blushes that are refrigerated. From Beaujolais Nouveau to …

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Pinot Grigio

Pinot Grigio may not be a legend, but this dry white wine has recently developed a certain cachet. Tripping neatly off the tongue, the Italian Pinot Grigio sounds more attractive than the French translation, Pinot Gris. Either way, it means a grey Pinot grape, a natural mutation of the black Pinot Noir. Never a particularly …

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Dolcetto

Dolcetto (Dol-chetto) is a lovely red wine to have at hand, in case of an Indian Summer. The name loosely translates as little sweet one, referring to the grape and not to the wine. Dolcetto harks back to the days before wine makers began to beef-up their product and push up the alcohol levels. This …

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