You might think some things never change. But here wine expert Stephen Barrett takes an in-depth look and the Sauvignon Blanc grape, and has some new and exciting revelations.
On a previous visit to a launch at Furleigh Vineyard, we met the Sunday Telegraph’s award-winning wine writer Susy Atkins.
Foodie alert! For no particular reason, a few images from a Summer Market in Southern France. Actually, not just foodies – also lovers of handbags, shoes and plants. Enjoy.
Ladies and Gentlemen, fasten your seatbelts. We are about to embark on the more dangerous aspects of linguistic feats : the joke - in a foreign language.
Photo Credit - Living Tours
Our delightfully "self-styled" expert Iain Smith of Exeter moves on from that "swirly thing" to "that slurpy thing" as he continues his look at exactly HOW to taste wine.
Fancy a glimpse at another world? Here are some sights and thoughts from the great Médoc wine region, to the west of Bordeaux, France.
We know holiday snaps can be the most boring things, but a recent trip to this town near Bordeaux in SW France left (some of) us unable to resist ! Have a look at some of the sights.
A warm Vinelives welcome to Londoner Louise Dunne – a keen blogger. She offered to write something for us so naturally we said yes.
A few weeks back we featured a wine tasting event at Furleigh Estate in Dorset. The background story to the vineyard itself is fascinating. Have a look……..
Some of the more unusually created dishes with full on notes of (say) chocolate, game birds, globe artichokes avocado pear, carob and maybe even brassica often inadvertently might become the enemy of wine !
So, here it is. The crucial month for wine making. I have been lucky enough to witness a vintage. This was in Beaujolais.
The whole idea of learning to taste – taste not drink – is something that needs a really detailed approach.
I like supermarkets. Strange you might think, but true. I mean casual, browsing, supermarket shopping.
You may recall we spoke to Sommelier Richard Coulson of the Hotel du Vin in Exeter recently, about why we shouldn’t be scared of such a role.
As keener readers will know, well done, I spent some time at the London Wine Fair recently.
Here’s a further little bon mot from the London Wine Fair of May. I was approached by somebody who said “Oh you must see Edgar!” He’s an artist in wine. So I did.
Another day another wine district, but this time a relatively unknown one nestling at the base of the Apennine mountain range in Campania in Southern Italy.
Look away all vegetarians and vegans. Here’s a word or two about the French saucisson. Other meat products are available.
Wine expert Stephen Barrett recently had the opportunity to taste some illustrious wines from two lesser knows regions in Piedmont, against the great Chianti’s. Here’s his account and some tasting notes too!
As you might have read earlier on VineLives, Furleigh Estate in Dorset had an evening of tasting for a launch of their new sparkler.
With this brilliant weather beating down on us in June and July it occurred to me that the red wine drinkers amongst you might be a tad fatigued with the traditional manner of drinking it?
Welcome to the world of bread - French bread anyway - and certainly not our bread. I'm talking about that extraordinary way of the French to use 249 words where we would make do with…
Ever thought about combining coffee and wine? Well, at Just Be they’ve taken this idea a step further and in 2015, owners Peter and Tina opened a coffee wine lounge located in Saltash
If you have ever eaten in a posh restaurant and felt scared of the Sommelier - the wine waiter - then watch this interview with the Sommelier from the Hotel du Vin in Exeter. He is the opposite of scary and has some excellent advice.
Congratulations to Jo and Matt for the launch of The Round House; their new, unique venue encapsulating 18th century architecture and the charm of the Devon countryside.
As I followed my nose (wine joke there), some classy lighting and a large six foot high portrait loomed. Written above the array of bottles and a tall glamorous woman, also in red (I suspect the same curtaining material in dress form), was the word “Dracula”.
Well, we were at the recent London Wine Fair 2018 - how could we not be. Here's a few pics - more stories to come soon.