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CHIANTI CLASSICO - SANGIOVESE AND SHENANIGANS

Chianti Classico is one of the oldest traditional wine-producing regions in Italy, located in the heart of Tuscany, between the cities of Florence and Siena. The Classico region is a sub-region of the broader Chianti region.

PADDY'S BACKYARD - PRUNING IN ST EMILION

An update from Paddy O Flynn The Wine Buff man in Bordeaux with news of what is happening in the vineyards around his house and the shop in St Emilion. Pruning has begun in earnest after a much needed cold spell and the vineyards are being prepared for the 2024 vintage.

WINE CRADLED BY THE SUN

A wine from Rioja rocked by the sun. The team at Queirón keep pushing the boundaries, and a new style has evolved from the old traditions of this special region, with this high altitude Tempranillo grape, from their La Pasada vineyard. It's a new style of elaboration in Rioja that springs from the inspiration in the queleña tradition of raisining its Claudian plums that bask on hurdles in the sun.

IS MY WINE VEGAN FRIENDLY?

You might assume that all wines are vegan friendly, isn’t wine just made from fermented grape juice? you might ask, so where does the animal become involved in the wine making process? The reason that all wines are not vegan or vegetarian-friendly is due a process called ‘fining’.

BORDEAUX THE PERFECT 15

The 2015 vintage from Bordeaux is being hailed as close to its best, not on par with the exceptional 2010 but not far behind, in fact Bordeaux seems to be throwing up some interesting patterns for good vintages 2000, 2005, 2010, 2015 will 2020 follow the trend?

WINE GROWING PRACTICES

Let’s firstly step back in time to an age when grape growing and wine making was a slow one, influenced by the seasons, a culture of patience. No unnatural fertilisers, no pesticides, with a hands on approach to managing the vines and making the wine. The wine was matured using natural yeasts and the bacteria present on the grape skins to perform fermentation, allowing longer maturation rather than rushing it along with additives, colouring, acid or stablishing agents.

CLEAR AS CLARIET

You may have encountered the term Claret and wondered what it is? After all, there is no grape variety called claret. The term can be traced back to medieval times and has evolved in its meaning through the centuries. However one thing is certain, it’s deeply rooted in Bordeaux.