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Women in Wine: Rhône Valley Ladies Unite

Women and wine, an exceptional combination.

How many female winemakers and vineyard owners do you know? asks Louise Hurren. A few months ago, Christy Canterbury introduced some ladies of the Langhe. Female winemakers in Piedmont have changed the conservative winemaking landscape to one that is inclusive of women.

’n Dag van ‘la dolce vita’ op Lanzerac!

Die ikoniese Lanzerac-wynlandgoed buite Stellenbosch.

Die Italianers noem dit la dolce vita, oftewel die lekker of goeie lewe. Maar waaruit bestaan la dolce vita nou eintlik? In een woord, bederf! En lekker bederf kom in verskillende vorms en is verskillende goed vir verskillende mense.

As lekker kos en lekker wyn, weelderige verblyf en ’n goeie dosis bederf vir jou la dolce vita verteenwoordig, is Lanzerac net die plek vir jou.

Catch the Corsican rosé wave

Food and rosé wine, Corsican style!

Corsica may fall under French jurisdiction, but its spirit is clearly distinct from that on “the continent”, as they say. Read the street signs in French or in Corsican; if you know some Italian, you’ll grasp the latter easily. After all, Corsica was Italian for a solid seven hundred years before the island raised the French tricolore flag in 1769, writes Christy Canterbury MW.

Go new oak or go home: The life cycle of an oak barrel

Wine maturing in oak barrels.

Few things better represent the art of winemaking more than the image of oak wine barrel racks inside a picturesque château, as they lovingly age the sweet juices that will one day be poured into our glasses, writes Kevin Chandler. It’s an Old World image that reminds us to respect the timeless task of winemaking. While there are many types of wood barrels in which wine is aged, this piece will focus on oak -- from American to Slavonian and everywhere in between. Here, I will explore the life cycle of an oak barrel from its cool forest origins, to its glory days as a vessel for aging wine, to its retirement.

Werkwinkel van Zonnebloem Lauréat bied puik insig in die kuns van versnyding

Die werkswinkel!

Enigeen wat meen die versnyding van wyn is kinderspeletjies, dink weer! Dit is genotvol, maar terselfdertyd ook harde werk.

North Carolina, USA: An underrated wine region

North Carolina, USA.

Let’s take a trip back in time, suggests Kevin Chandler. Close your eyes and imagine yourself an English explorer, a shipmate of Sir Walter Raleigh’s. You've just braved the Atlantic crossing and are rowing to shore towards a strange island on a forbidding coast. Yet, immediately on landing, you see a very familiar site: grapes. Lots of them.

Considering the wines of Serbia

Tasting Serbian wine!

I first encountered Serbian wines two years ago at the Balkans International Wine Competition, writes Christy Canterbury MW. My discovery was about more than some new, exciting wines; it was also about a renaissance of vineyards, varieties and heritage. Over the last fifteen years, as Serbia began gathering its wits after Yugoslavia’s crack-up, winemakers have been ratcheting up wine quality. They have invested in their vineyards and their wineries. It’s enough activity for the wine world to start paying attention.

A reverence for Georgian wines

Qvevri used for Georgia's most precious wines.

Wine geeks are sometimes told to lighten-up, writes Christy Canterbury MW. Wine isn’t “just a drink”, “just a grocery”.

When it comes to serving whites at 42° F versus 47° F, matching wines to specific glasses and pairing Assyrtiko rather than Sauvignon Blanc with crudo, I agree. However, I suggest you don’t tell a Georgian to chill about wine. In this dramatically rugged Caucasus Mountains country, wine is holy. And not just the communion wine.

The magic of Mount Etna in Sicily

Mount Etna with vineyards in the foreground.

Mount Etna is located in northeastern Sicily in the province of Catania. Viticulture on the lower slopes of Mt. Etna dates back millennia. We live, however, in an age where we want to know what you have done for me lately. That’s good news for Etna’s DOC wines. Winemaking on Europe’s most active volcano is hot, both literally and figuratively.

The true genesis of Super Tuscan wine: What happens when the French and Italians come together in a single bottle?

When the Italians and the French meet in a bottle!

The term Super Tuscan was born a controversy some 40 years ago. The controversy is ongoing, writes Julien Miquel.

At this point, trying to define Super Tuscans is a waste of time. There have been arguments for decades over questions such as: What defines Super Tuscans in terms of taste? What makes a wine qualify for the Super Tuscan title? Exactly what composes a Super Tuscan? There are no strict answers to these questions. We’re talking about Italy here, the champion of small producers and diversity. Tuscany embodies that diversity, and Super Tuscan wines are as diverse as Tuscany itself.

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