What’s on your bottle of wine?

How do you know what’s inside your bottle of wine? The Ancient Egyptians inscribed a description on their amphora, and two hundred years ago glass bottles had the information written with a white paint. Today we have a label to give us some information. But that’s not...

Food pairing

As I write, I have beside me a snappily titled brochure “Snapsguide för Lyckade Smakkombinationer” (a guide to combining food and Swedish schnapps). For generations, rules have been developed on what drink goes best with what food. And pairing wine and food has been...

Bigger bubbles make better sparkling wine

The most expensive champagnes should be the best – though marketing expertise may distort that relationship. And the assumed truth is that these best wine have the smallest bubbles (called mousse). Now Professor Gérard Liger-Belair, a respected physics researcher at...

A V A (updated)

This blog is really not about the glamorous multi-married film star Ava Gardner (maybe I am showing my age that I even remember her). Wine enthusiasts will know of the Appellation d’origine contrôlée (AC) designation which guarantee the origin (and occasionally...