History’s Cutting; Wine’s Genesis. Part I

  The root of the Vine ; The Cultural Origins For the true origins of wine we can think in two different ways. Hence my decision to split this article into two distinct… Continue reading

No Place Like Rome ; The Evolution of Italian Wine

Recently I’ve been writing about, and drinking an awful lot of, Italian wine. Like many people my diet is dominated by pizzas and pastas and whether white or red; there always seems to… Continue reading

The Englishman’s Drunk; Port in Excess

How can you measure greatness? Surely it’s by the standards of the age. And so it was in the early nineteenth century that to be thought of a man to be reckoned, you… Continue reading

Romano-British Wine; An unexplored heritage?

An Ancient Legacy; British wine under Rome Around two thousand years ago, the Roman Tacticus described Britain as ‘hostile and unsuitable for the growing of grapes or olives’. Despite indications that our climate was… Continue reading

Insects on Trial; The Law of Vines

This is the story of how a group of vintners took on some unwanted pests in a court of law, and lost. It may seem ridiculous, perhaps even shocking or disrespectful to the… Continue reading

Celebrated or Excommunicated? The Medieval Battle of Wine

Every so often you come across a little titbit in some otherwise incredibly dry prose and you just have to stop what you were doing, put down the book, get online and find… Continue reading

Harmony & Balance – Today’s Germany

German wine is a truly difficult subject to approach. At it’s best it can be wonderful; complex flavours, bone dry, crisp acidity and indulgently sweet. At it’s worst, however… German wine can be… Continue reading

Horse Play

One For the Nay Sayers When the ‘horse-meat’ scandal was hitting every news headline. I thought there could be a more interesting spin on things… The vexing question of whether or not we… Continue reading

Wine & Archaeology – An obvious love affair?

  Does wines history effect our enjoyment today? Wine and heritage are inseparable. When we enjoy an older vintage we are essentially drinking a relic of the past. The fact that different eras… Continue reading