Semillon: Tennis player of wine grapes.

Oh, the British players at Wimbledon: Silent and neutral in their tennis whites, angular with youth and muscle, hair waxed neatly into place, soberly sipping the famous lime juice cordial on the sidelines. It’s all rather, well, clean, really! The tennis is the...

Chablis – The Supermarket Tasting Tour

Jimmy Choos and Premier Crus Chablis is just Chablis, isn’t it? So why are some £6 and others, £60? There may be only one place in the world that makes wine like the French village of Chablis, but there are many different qualities to chose from. Before we crack...

Riesling – The Supermarket Tasting Tour

A German supermodel in lime green rubber wellies? What a picture! This kooky vision of loveliness sums up what Riesling is all about: with long, lean limbs and golden curls like spun sugar, this fresh-faced beauty can take tonnes of sugar without ever becoming flabby....

Chenin Blanc – The Supermarket Tasting Tour

In the dewy sunshine of his private orchard, our Beekeeper tends to the little honeybees in his lanolin suit. We’re never quite sure who’s underneath that veil: is he skinny and non-descript, or could he be softer and fuller-figured? It is even the same person every...

Chardonnay – The Supermarket Tasting Tour

CHARDONNAY VINALOGY: The ‘Kate’ of the wine world Think back to your school days. Weren’t there always at least five people in your class with the same first name? In my year, it was Kate: fat ones; skinny ones; drippy ones; foreign ones; you name it! Variations on a...