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A Guide to the 2019 Wine Harvest in Burgundy

A Guide to the 2019 Wine Harvest in Burgundy

A data review studying harvest and climate information all the way back to the year 1354 has concluded that summers in Burgundy are drier and hotter more often than they used to be. For winemakers, this means Burgundy grape harvest dates are getting earlier. This...
Hosting a Sensory Wine Tasting Experience

Hosting a Sensory Wine Tasting Experience

A wine tasting will always be a sensory experience for the participants, no matter how experienced or knowledgeable they happen to be. By its very nature, a wine tasting involves utilising almost all the senses to arrive at an opinion, regardless of whether that...
An Introduction to Winemaking: Vinifying and Maturing

An Introduction to Winemaking: Vinifying and Maturing

Vinification is the process of converting fruit juices, in particular those from grapes, into wine through fermentation. It can also be simply referred to as winemaking. The science of vinification is known as oenology and dates back many thousands of years. The...
Blind Wine Tasting

Blind Wine Tasting

Not quite as literal as blindfolding the taster, blind wine tasting is simply when the taster is denied access to certain facts about the sample. These include colour or sight of the bottle and label. The purpose of this removal of key elements is to minimise inherent...
Wine Tasting: Is Blind Better?

Wine Tasting: Is Blind Better?

Blind wine tasting may sound like the taster must be wearing a blindfold, but in reality blind wine tasting is simply where the tasters are unaware of certain aesthetic aspects of the wine. These can include the colour of the wine itself – tasters may be asked to...