Tag: wine school

How to choose wine for your cellar

While our team is always ready to advise on building a wine cellar, this extract from our Wine School’s introductory book – Exploring & Tasting Wine – explains which wines are worth laying down, and why. WHICH WINES ARE SUITABLE FOR CELLARING? The majority of wines produced today are made to be drunk immediately and […]

Terroir and technique

Is wine made by Nature or by Man? Is terroir – the vineyard environment – the prime influence? Or is it technique, in vineyard and cellar? In an extract from our Wine School’s introductory book Exploring & Tasting Wine, Rebecca Lamont explores. Why are vineyards where they are? Are they the best spots – or […]

Bordeaux: classifications and rankings

What is a Cru Classé – a Classed Growth? Why do parts of Bordeaux have a rigid pecking-order, and others not? In an extract from our Wine School’s introductory book Exploring & Tasting Wine, Martin Hudson MW explains. In 1855 the Bordeaux Chamber of Commerce drew up a new classification of the red wines of […]

Bordeaux: the Right Bank explained

Following on from last month’s piece explaining the Left Bank, here we publish an excerpt from Exploring & Tasting Wine which introduces the Right Bank. The wine-lands on the Right Bank of the broad Gironde estuary look to Libourne rather than Bordeaux as their capital, and have Merlot rather than Cabernet Sauvignon as their chief […]