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...

Archaeology and Old Wine

Without wishing to blow my own trumpet, can I take this opportunity to publicize a small event that I am presenting in November. Since prehistoric times, wine has been an important agricultural product. The history of wine, revealed by archaeology, gives a fascinating...

Smoke and Wine

Maybe the first thought you had on reading this post was Hank Williams and “little bit of smoke an’ a whole lotta wine”. But no, this is more serious. Fruit can be affected by smoke. A few years ago, I attended a course at Smokey Jo’s on how and what to smoke....

Doctor Norton, I presume

Norton is one of the grape varieties grown at Cavender Creek. Whilst this grape is grown widely in North America (in the Mid-West and East of USA), it is almost unknown elsewhere.  In the opinion of European wine regulators, Norton is not a “real” wine grape, which...