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Sur lie explained: What are wine lees?

Stirring the lees.

You might have seen the words “sur lie” on a bottle of Loire white wine. Sur lie translates to “on the lees,” but what exactly are wine lees and what do they do?

Wine Descriptions and What They Really Mean

Wine is subjective, personal, and every nose and palate differ.

Why are there wine descriptions? Well, how do you buy wine when you don’t know what it tastes like? A lot of folks rely on reading wine descriptions to get an idea of what a wine will taste like.

The story behind those plummy aromas in your wine

Identifying different flavours in wine is part of the journey of discovery.

Have you noticed that wine writers describe wine aromas as smelling like just about anything other than grapes? asks Nancy Hawks Miller. It’s a funny thing. Why the heck should the wine smell like plums when it’s made of grapes?

A guide to Rhône blends

More than the sum total of its components.

With all the Rhône blends flying around, I thought this would be a good time to take a quick look at what each of the major varieties might bring to these blends, writes Gregory Dal Piaz.  A fair question might be: Why are these wines blended? The easy answer is that the resultant wines are more complex than any component is on its own, and history probably plays at least as big a role.

What's the difference between Champagne, Prosecco, Cava and Cap Classique?

Get with the programme, there's ALWAYS a reason to have bubbly!

Sparkling wine is by no means a single thing. It’s an umbrella category, and though we often speak of different types of sparkling wine in the same breath, there are differences in how they are produced, the grapes they use, and how they taste.

The amazing white wines of Portugal

Portugal's wine regions.

OK, bear with me for a second. These wines may not be amazing in your “This got 90 points and is only $8!” kind of way, but they are great value and a wonderful opportunity to add some amazement into your life. And they’re not in “This is a great sauvignon blanc!” kind of way either, but rather in a “WOW! What is this?” kind of way, writes Gregory Dal Piaz.

Jong wynmakers die dryfveer op Boschendal

Boschendal se jong wynmakers is die dryfveer agter sy wyne.

Met dié dat mense regoor die wêreld ’n al groter voorliefde vir wyn ontwikkel, spits Boschendal se bedrewe rooi- en witwynmakers hulle daarop toe om wynliefhebbers met vindingrykheid, oorspronklikheid, kwaliteit en etiese wynboupraktyke te bekoor.

Pinot Blanc: the lost sibling of the Pinot family

It's as scarce as ... well. hen's teeth, but do try it, you won't be sorry.

We’re all familiar with pinot noir and pinot gris, two varieties of wine that get more than their fair share of attention, but what about pinot blanc? 

Arneis: the summer white in Piemonte

Arneis, the next leg of my journey into wine!

We all know that Piemonte is known for its red wines, but who can drink those on these blistering hot days? I sure can't! writes Anna Savino.

The story of cinsau(l)t

Cinsau(l)t in the vineyard.

Whether you call this variety cinsault or by any of its many synonyms (cinsaut, bourdalase, navarro, hermitage, picardan noir, ottavienello or black malvoisie), it has a history that dates back centuries.

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