Malbec: from lame duck to Latin lothario

Ahead of Malbec World Day on 17th April, Amanda Barnes explores the grape’s past, present and future Although best known as Malbec, this grape variety has over a thousand synonyms, according to French ampelographer Pierre Galet. Côt, Auxerrois, Doux Noir and Pressac are just a few. Its multiple monikers are an ode to the variety’s […]

Notes from the vineyard: budburst

Over the coming year we’ll be following life at Nyetimber, one of England’s leading sparkling wine producers, detailing the monthly goings-on amongst the vines and inside the winery. In his first post, winemaker Brad Greatrix describes the first stirring of the vines On the viticultural calendar, April is an exciting month in England because it […]

Eat, drink and sleep: Mendoza

Continuing our series of mini vinous travel guides, itinerant drinks writer Amanda Barnes takes you through the perfect trip to Mendoza, Argentina – with tips on where to stay, what to eat and which wineries to visit “Mendoza: the land of sun and wine” reads the welcome sign in the airport. And the catchphrase isn’t […]

The fuddled identity of Carménère

As we approach World Carménère Day, wine writer Amanda Barnes regales the grape’s remarkable history, detailing its path from near extinction to rapidly becoming Chile’s signature grape There’s more than one grape variety that has played hide and seek under the folds of time, but perhaps none has done it quite as spectacularly as Carménère. Although […]