On the Grapevine

French Connections

Friday, 27 March 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 13 By Colin Kaye
In recent weeks, I’ve been trying quite a few South American reds and nearly always been impressed by their high quality. Chile of course has been making excellent wines for…

Big Wines with a Light Touch

Friday, 20 March 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 12 By Colin Kaye
If your taste in wine runs to full and fruity reds then perhaps you should look out for Shiraz. The dark red grapes that make Shiraz (SHEE-raz) originally became famous…

Fizzy Logic

Friday, 13 March 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 11 By Colin Kaye
In Thailand you can’t get a decent bottle of champagne for less than around Bt. 3,000. If you want something with a bit of class like a Pol Roger or…

The Song of the Earth

Friday, 06 March 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 10 By Colin Kaye
If the title seems familiar, it’s probably because the Austrian composer Gustav Mahler used it for his 1909 work Das Lied von der Erde. The previous year saw the publication…

The Green Grape of Veltlin

Friday, 27 February 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 9 By Colin Kaye
Yes, I know it sounds like the title of a rustic Slovak folk song, but it’s actually the English translation of Grüner Veltliner, the most widely-planted white wine grape in…

Iberian Delights

Friday, 20 February 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 8 By Colin Kaye
A good many years ago, while wandering aimlessly in the streets of South London, I found myself in a small and dimly-lit wine-shop which could have come out of a…

The Island of California

Friday, 13 February 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 7 By Colin Kaye
When Hernán Cortés and his group of weary seafarers made landfall on 3rd May 1535 on what is now known as Baja California, he was pretty sure that they were…

A Case of Negotiation

Friday, 06 February 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 6 By Colin Kaye
You might be interested to know that most of the everyday wines of France come to you through the hands of either a cooperative or a négociant. Of course, you…

Categorically Speaking

Friday, 30 January 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 5 By Colin Kaye
The other night we were talking about wine yet again, and someone brought up the subject of French VDQS wines. The category was created in 1949 and must have seemed…

The Singing Life

Friday, 23 January 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 4 By Colin Kaye
For twenty-four hours every day, music is played to the vines at the De Morgenzon farm in Stellenbosch. But not any old music, you understand. According to owner Hylton Appelbaum,…

Mistaken Identity

Friday, 16 January 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 3 By Colin Kaye
When these two wines were delivered, it just happened that I wasn’t wearing my glasses. I also wasn’t wearing them when I once affectionately greeted someone I thought was a…

Mozart’s Wine

Friday, 09 January 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 2 By Colin Kaye
Mozart came from the charming city of Salzburg, known today for its music festival, baroque architecture and Mozart souvenirs. The climate of the region was never conducive to growing vines…

Sensing the Sensi

Friday, 02 January 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 1 By Colin Kaye
Walter Hagen, the first superstar of American golf evidently said, “You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the…

Bargains from Down Under

Friday, 26 December 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 52 By Colin Kaye
Well then, here’s something interesting. I’m sure you’ve noticed the increasing number of fruit wines appearing in the supermarkets during recent months. What you may not have realised is that…

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…
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