Entries by realwines

Swiss wines on a new level

I love to travel and discover exciting new wines from all over the world. Yet sometimes there are wonderful surprises to be found right under one’s very nose, without having to roam too far; this was my conclusion after attending the “Swiss Wine Tasting” in Zürich last week, where over 130 of Switzerland’s best producers […]

How to become a “master” taster

The challenge of becoming a “Master” taster This year’s Master of Wine exams have just taken place as usual in the first week of June, a time of year which for me brings back stressful memories! In 3 days of tasting exams, prospective new Masters of Wine need to prove that they are highly accomplished […]

Great rivers and their great wines

Have you ever wondered why so many of Europe’s best known wine regions are situated next to major rivers? The great chateaux of the Médoc along the River Gironde in Bordeaux; the famous hills of Hermitage and Cote Rotie on the Rhone south of Lyon; Sancerre, Vouvray, Muscadet et al along the Loire; the best […]

Grenache – the under-appreciated over-achiever

Ask most red wine drinkers for their favourite red wine grape variety and they are likely to mention Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir or Syrah. Very few would think of Grenache, but this grape, aka Garnacha in Spain and Cannonau in Sardinia, produces some of the most outstanding red wines in the world. The reason it […]