What to look for when tasting wine

Let’s face it, when we’re starting out, wine looks and smells like… well… wine.  It’s pretty difficult to form any clear notes on it. My advice is to start off by comparing two or three wines at once, because it’s the differences between them all that will actually...

Riesling: Claudia Schiffer of wine

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4F1K551nfEA] Think Claudia Schiffer in a tight, lime dress and rubber wellies. What a picture! With her long, lean limbs and golden curls like spun sugar, this fresh-faced lovely can take on tonnes of sugar without ever becoming...

Start speaking wine language

“It’s thin, smells of dead leaves and tastes of cow poo.In a good way.” These were the only words I could find to describe a stunning, bottle-aged Pinot Noir the first time I tried one. It was also the exact moment I realised that wine is a language that needs to be...