Posts in the Category: Articles

The Fuzzy World of Palate Fatigue

Last time you were tasting wine, did your mouth feel like it just did nine rounds in the ring?

That’ll be palate fatigue – a much-discussed topic that everyone has an opinion on, and which appears to be wholly subjective. Sounds a lot like wine.

So, how many wines can you taste in a day? Eighteen might …

Posted in - Articles & Wine-Searcher on December 6th 2013 0 Comments

Science Serves Up a Sulfur Substitute

It can treat lead poisoning, clean grimy hair and help with acne; now, the process of chelation could provide a possible replacement for sulfur dioxide.

Researchers at Penn State University believe they’ve found an additive, known as a chelator, that can help to prevent oxidation in wine – the chemical reaction that can lead to wines …

Posted in - Articles & Wine-Searcher on November 23rd 2013 0 Comments

Water: The Solution to Wine Fraud?

How do you know if a wine is the real thing? It’s an issue that has cost some fine-wine collectors millions of dollars and seen the counterfeiters jailed.

While experts try to sort the genuine from the fakes using their eyes, nose and mouth, there may be an alternative solution. A machine that can analyze the …

Posted in - Articles & Wine-Searcher on October 5th 2013 0 Comments

The Many Faces of Littorai

Ted Lemon’s is the pensive face on the cover of Jon Bonné’s soon-to-be published book “The New California Wine.” The man behind Sonoma Coast winery Littorai has never been a poster boy before, and would rather be elbow-deep in compost than posing for a photographer.

Indeed, the New York native has never coveted the limelight, preferring to be on …

Posted in - Articles & Wine-Searcher on October 2nd 2013 0 Comments

Life After Screaming Eagle

Château Latour’s director told Charles Banks he’d be better off planting asparagus than vines on the spot he’d picked out for his first vineyard venture. But Banks knew that turning a vegetable patch into a vineyard had worked for Henri Jayer: Cros Parantoux, once planted with artichokes, now produces one of the world’s most sought-after …

Posted in - Articles & Wine-Searcher on September 30th 2013 0 Comments

10 Things Every Wine Lover Should Know About… Ridge

Rebecca Gibb discovers Monte Bello is the Ridge of contented sighs.

No. 1. Always on a high:

The heart of Ridge Vineyards beats just 15 miles from the Pacific Ocean, in the inhospitable Santa Cruz Mountains. The AVA is said to be the coldest cabernet-sauvignon-producing area in California, thanks to cool maritime winds and vineyards at altitude. …

Posted in - Articles & Wine-Searcher on August 8th 2013 0 Comments

Napa's Cathy Corison: Self-Confessed Cabernet "Chauvinist"

If you want glitz and glam in the Napa Valley, you are spoiled for choice: manicured lawns, limousine parking spaces and fancy tasting rooms are standard fare in the region dubbed the Disneyland of wine by jealous rivals. But Cathy Corison’s no bells or whistles approach to life – and winemaking – provides a blast …

Posted in - Articles & Wine-Searcher on July 18th 2013 0 Comments

Terroir Al Limit: An Unlikely Blend

Imagine you’re the son of a Bavarian butcher. You study marketing and economics at university, don’t have any winemaking qualifications and can’t speak Spanish. Why on earth would you think it was a good idea to start a winery in a remote village in Catalonia’s Priorat?

Some would call it brave, others would call …

Posted in - Articles & Wine-Searcher on July 16th 2013 0 Comments

Minerality: Fact or Fiction?

Is minerality a figment of wine-tasters’ imaginations? The M-word is much used by wine critics but is little understood. Ask three wine writers what they mean by minerality and you’ll get three different answers – or they’ll say that it is something they can’t put into words!

But despite this lack of consensus about the term …

Posted in - Articles & Wine-Searcher on May 3rd 2013 0 Comments

Solving the Minty Mystery in Australia

A distinctive eucalypt smell makes Australian reds easy to spot in a blind tasting. But how does it get into the wines?

Would you like some mint in your cabernet? Or perhaps a dash of eucalypt in your shiraz? If so, you’ll need a vineyard near eucalyptus trees and Australia has plenty of those on offer, …

Posted in - Articles & Wine-Searcher on November 19th 2012 0 Comments