On the Grapevine

Italians in Chile

Friday, 26 September 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 39 By Colin Kaye
When the Spanish conquistadors and missionaries showed up in Chile during the middle of the sixteenth century, they brought with them a grape variety unflatteringly known as “the common black…

Palatial Wines

Friday, 19 September 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 38 By Colin Kaye
The very name Bardolino (bar-doh-LEE-noh) takes me back years. After a day’s work at the chalk face, several of us would pile into the car and head off to our…

In the Lap of the Gods

Friday, 12 September 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 37 By Colin Kaye
You may have seen the L’Esprit de Bacchus brand before, because the company produces a wide range of table wines. The name Bacchus might bring to mind that well-known painting…

On The Rise

Friday, 05 September 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 36 By Colin Kaye
Alcohol content is one of the few things about wine that’s reasonably easy to understand. It’s also easy to find on a label, or should be. The amount of alcohol…

Over the Hill and Far Away

Friday, 29 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 35 By Colin Kaye
If like me and the dogs, you buy wine regularly, it’s possible that you have come across the occasional duff bottle. It shouldn’t happen often but when you open one…

Southern Magic

Friday, 22 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 34 By Colin Kaye
When I was living in England, I could occasionally afford to drive down to the South of France in my ageing Triumph 2000. In retrospect, it was foolhardy to say…

At the Water’s Edge

Friday, 15 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 33 By Colin Kaye
You don’t hear the word “claret” very often these days, except in the few traditional wine shops that still survive in Britain. It’s used to describe virtually any red wine…

Interesting Australians

Friday, 08 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 32 By Colin Kaye
Recently I went to a wine tasting at one of the local haunts and although there were some exceptional wines on offer, I couldn’t help being disappointed with the attitude…

Essentially Thai

Friday, 01 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 31 By Colin Kaye
The story is well-known, but in case you are new to these parts, I’ll tell it again. It won’t take long so sit up and listen, especially those people shuffling…

White Delights

Friday, 25 July 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 30 By Colin Kaye
The other day, someone looked at the selection of bottles on the kitchen wine rack and drily commented that “Mud House” is a peculiar name for a wine. Well, perhaps…

The Sound of Music

Friday, 18 July 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 29 By Colin Kaye
If you were to wander around the Yealands Estate vineyards in New Zealand, you might be surprised to hear the strains of classical music coming from loudspeakers. The music is…

Ten Green Bottles

Friday, 11 July 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 28 By Colin Kaye
The origins of Ten Green Bottles like so many other folksongs have faded into history. It was always thought to be an English song and possibly from Yorkshire, although one…

Simple Pleasures

Friday, 04 July 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 27 By Colin Kaye
It’s that time of year when most Americans celebrate the 1776 Declaration of Independence which announced, among other things, that the thirteen American states could manage quite well on their…

Size Matters

Friday, 27 June 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 26 By Colin Kaye
Here’s today’s Quiz Question, so sit up straight and try to look as though you’re interested. Now then, what’s the capacity of a standard bottle of wine? And stop messing…

Fallen Arches

Friday, 20 June 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 25 By Colin Kaye
You probably remember that old song called Sur le Pont d’Avignon (“On the Bridge of Avignon”) upon which, so the song tells us, everyone danced. The Bridge of Avignon (more…
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