Europe’s 2012 Vintage is in full swing

The 2012 Vintage is well under way in Europe and by all accounts despite a pretty damp and wet winter we are going to see some stunning examples of great European wines being made. I just received a number of great pictures of the harvest in full swing at one of our favourite wine makers and partners Weingut Ziereisen, where Hanspeter and his wife Edel (pictured below) have been in full swing with preparing their fruit from the harvest. What I love about Hanspeter and indeed many of our wine making partners is that the bulk if not all of their fruit is hand picked, which allows the wine maker to be ultra selective in the fruit that he finally crushes and converts into his wines. this attention to detail and care really does come through when you get to taste the...

Switzerland the Land of Vines & Wines

  Switzerland is usually associated with banks, watches, great skiing, resorts, cheeses, alpine walks, cows & chocolate. But for hundred of years local wine makers & farmers have been keeping their wines secret, often only sold locally within the village or occasionally making their way across the Italian, French and German borders …but not   that often I Iove the look I get when I  mention to people here in Australia that we import Swiss wines….” do the Swiss actually makes wines” they say, well yes they do & normally my stock standard answer is that there 4 good reasons why- they are called Italy, Germany, Austria & France, so why should the Swiss miss out becuase they are surrounded by these great wine growing...

The benefits of Red Wine- always knew that they existed

The benefits of Red Wine- always knew that they existed

If you have been following the many and numerous debates concerning the consumption of alcohol and especially wine there take heart those wonderful scientists have found that it is OK for us to drink… especially red wine well still in moderation A recent study in the US has shown that  a chemical found in red wine prevents some of the fatty food we eat from being converted in fatty tissue. The well respected Journal of Biological Chemistry found that the piceatannol which is found is grape skins and red wine , effectively acts as a blocking agent for the formation of fat cells- this has to be great news for all of us red wine drinkers. As humans when we consume food it either converted into energy or fat , so it is a pretty simple equation that most of us...

A Rose by any other name-English Sparkling wines or is it all just Fizz?

A Rose by any other name-English Sparkling wines or is it all just Fizz?

I remember it was about 4 years ago a great English mate of ours Mark Bostock and his lovely wife Helen first introduced us to the concept & delights of fine sparkling wines from the UK. (sorry we cannot call them Champagne) We were living in Switzerland at the time and I thought how could these wines ever compare to the fine French champagnes we had tried so many times before? Well much to our surprise they were great and showed great style and finesse- mind you I love being proven wrong about things especially when it comes to wine. The British wine industry and especially those makers of sparkling wines continue to grow and develop, exceed the critics assessment & determinations and continue to deliver quality which is as good as many  ” big...