On the Grapevine

Friday April 10 - April 16, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 15)

From Sea to Shining Sea

Friday, 10 April 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 15 By Colin Kaye
And so to Spain. It’s the most widely planted wine-producing nation in the world and in sheer quantity of wine produced it’s up there in the top three. I’m sure…
Friday April 3 - April 9, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 14)

Falling Stars

Friday, 03 April 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 14 By Colin Kaye
A few days ago I was surprised to discover that the constellation known as the Southern Cross was visible to the Ancient Greeks. In the fourth millennium BC it could…
Friday March 27 - April 2, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 13)

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…
Friday March 20 - March 26, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 12)

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…
Friday March 13 - March 19, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 11)

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…
Friday March 6 - March 12, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 10)

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…
Friday February 27 - March 5, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 9)

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…
Friday February 20 - February 26, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 8)

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…
Friday February 13 - February 19, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 7)

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…
Friday February 6 - February 12, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 6)

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…
Friday January 30 - February 5, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 5)

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…
Friday January 23 - January 29, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 4)

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,…
Friday January 16 - January 22, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 3)

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…
Friday January 9 - January 15, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 2)

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…
Friday January 2 - January 8, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 1)

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…
Friday December 26 - January 1, 2015 (Vol. XXII No. 52)

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…
Friday December 19 - December 25, 2014 (Vol. XXII No. 51)

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…
Friday December 12 - December 18, 2014 (Vol. XXII No. 50)

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…
Friday December 5 - December 11, 2014 (Vol. XXII No. 49)

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…
Friday November 28 - December 4, 2014 (Vol. XXII No. 48)

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…
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