As we saw in our last column, three main factors influence the style and quality of wine: grape variety, human contributions and the overall growing conditions, including heat, sunlight, water, and nutrients. This column attempts to describe how soil impacts these conditions and why it is often considered the most important element of “terroir.”Read More
Fascinating tasting of eclectic & unusual wines from small, dynamic, & promising small producers this morning @ #mwsymposium2014 - among my favourites: Arianna Occhipinti Il Frapato '12 (Sicily), I Vigneri di Salvo Foti Vigna Di Milo Etna Bianco Superiore '12 (Sicily), Poderi Morini Savignone '12 (Emilia-Romagna), Gianfranco Fino Jo '12 (Puglia)Read More
An invaluable tasting assistant...you can download the latest PDF here from my dropbox folder.
At the BBR Portfolio tasting earlier this week, I felt very happy when Vincent, a student of WSET L4 I had not previously met, approached me to say that this table helped him tremendously with his unit 3 exam - aka "the big one"...
In his honor, I release here the latest version. It is a unique table of its kind and now its 4th edition.Read More