On the Grapevine

Ladies’ Wine?

Friday, 19 December 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 51 By Colin Kaye
As chance would have it, a couple of weeks ago I found myself at a local wine-tasting, though with the flashing lights, the deafening music and the general hub-hub it…

Contrasting Whites

Friday, 12 December 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 50 By Colin Kaye
The other day a friend told me that I don’t write enough about Australian wines, despite the fact that I wrote about them only some weeks ago. Honestly, some people…

A Matter of Taste

Friday, 05 December 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 49 By Colin Kaye
Down at the village tavern a few nights ago, the conversation - as it so often does - turned to wine. Someone remarked that the enjoyment of wine is a…

And Another Thing…

Friday, 28 November 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 48 By Colin Kaye
Yesterday I read in one of Britain’s wine trade magazines that most people are not interested in being educated about wine, but instead prefer little nuggets of information, or “dinner…

Mission in Chile

Friday, 21 November 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 47 By Colin Kaye
They were making wine - of a sort - in South America a good many years before Shakespeare was born. In the early 1500s, Spanish Franciscan missionaries planted grapes in…

The Spice of Life

Friday, 14 November 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 46 By Colin Kaye
We have to thank the eighteenth century English poet and hymn-writer William Cowper for this phrase, although its origins could well be earlier. The expression you hear today is not…

Fearsome Creatures

Friday, 07 November 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 45 By Colin Kaye
Now then, here’s this week’s question. What’s an alicanto? If your answer is that an alicanto is a male inhabitant of Alicante, that sprawling city on the Costa Blanca, it…

Changing Tastes

Friday, 31 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 44 By Colin Kaye
The other night, I was reminded again of the importance of decent wine glasses. The wine was ordinary and one I knew well, but the large glass made all the…

Snakes Alive!

Friday, 24 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 43 By Colin Kaye
Now I don’t know about you, but I am not terribly keen on snakes. We found one sleeping in the bathroom the other day with a large bulge in its…

Wine with the Veggies

Friday, 17 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 42 By Colin Kaye
If you happen to be vegetarian, wine could present a problem. Most people don’t realise that wines are usually made using animal-derived products. To clean the newly-made wine and remove…

The Drink of Matadors

Friday, 10 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 41 By Colin Kaye
It always strikes me as regretful that one of the world’s finest white wines, with a history of many hundreds of years, has become so hopelessly out-of-fashion apart from in…

Vella in the Cellar

Friday, 03 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 40 By Colin Kaye
Browsing through the Newspaper You Can Trust the other day, I discovered that those little paper stickers you find on the tops of wine bottles are more significant than I…

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…
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