Archive of ‘Wine’ category

- 15 Jun 2017

Tasting the Stars

On the day Dom Perignon shouted to his fellow Benedictine monks in the Abbey of Hautvillers “Come quick brothers, I am tasting the stars!” little did he know that he had just changed the wine world forever. Dom Perignon was the legendary monk in the Champagne region who first experimented with blending different grape varieties in the 17th century to obtain a rounder, more complex and interesting wine by drawing from the best characteristics of each varietal. Because of the colder winters in Champagne, wine had to be bottled before it had reached peak fermentation which would be re-awakened upon the arrival of spring, due to the residual yeasts within the bottles, as temperatures rose. The result – bubbles! And lots of them…

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- 05 Jun 2017

Those lazy, crazy days of Summer

Where is this year disappearing to?  The warm weather has only just bothered to turn up and the feeling of arriving and leaving work in daylight is still a pleasant surprise but in truth the year is flashing by. Give it a couple of weeks and we’ll be closer to next Christmas than last and the nights will start drawing in. No, please, don’t thank me for that encouraging thought!

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- 12 Apr 2017

The Joy of Rosé

Rosé wine is either loved or hated…..Mateus anyone?! Its emergence, in recent years, finally into the wine drinkers’ conscience of a wine that can be taken seriously, has made me hop with joy. Gone are the days of sickly sweet White Zinfandels in chain bars drunk only by teenage girls, as we welcome wines from across the globe and of all colours and tastes.

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- 07 Feb 2017

OGGS Wine Expert Goes Down-Under

Christmas Day 2016. I flew to Australia for the first time. My friend and I were hiring a camper-van and driving from Brisbane-Adelaide-Melbourne along the coast. The purpose of the trip…why not? We did have a few criteria for our trip; stop off in Byron Bay, New Year’s Eve in Sydney, ending each day with a beer on a beach, and of course wine tasting!

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