Friday, 24 August 2012

Champagne vs the world


Here's an article I wrote recently looking into the dominance of Champagne in the sparkling wine industry:

Champagne has long been positioned as the drink of celebration, and 2012 has given us many excuses to celebrate, but there are an enormous number of other sparkling wines available to us here in the U.K. What is it that makes Champagne so different, and can its position at the top ever really be challenged?
In order to understand the dominance of Champagne, we need to understand the processes involved in its production and how it differs from other sparkling wines such as Prosecco, Cava, and English Sparkling Wine.

Champagne: like Russian dolls, but French. And alcoholic.

Thursday, 2 August 2012

New Zealand Wine Tour - Huia


Back in November I had the pleasure of visiting an old colleague of mine, James MacKenzie, who has made his new home in Marlborough, New Zealand. Nestled in the small town of Blenhiem, the area is awash with vineyards which have become household names back home.

Marlborough vineyards from the sky

For me, the experience was somewhat like wondering up and down Hollywood Boulevard looking at the stars on the pavement (with the obvious difference that I actually recognised the names).