A wine drought?

The “definitive” source of information on wine production and consumption is the International Organization of Vine and Wine (OVI). Their latest report, on the 2017 vintage, makes concerning reading. Obviously, the figures are provisional, but their...

Yeast Matters

Fermentation matters. Without fermentation, there would be no bread, no yoghurt, no kimchi, no beer, not even any wine. And it is yeast which makes the fermentation process happen. This microscopic single-celled fungi turns carbohydrates into alcohol and carbon...
The latest about the Dahlonega Plateau AVA

The latest about the Dahlonega Plateau AVA

The news is that there is no news.  No progress at all on the establishment of the Dahlonega Plateau AVA.  Expected announcements in June never happened, and subsequent hopes for a September declaration also seem doomed. The rumors I have heard are that the US...

An introduction to wine

Have you ever wondered about those gods of the wine world who can identify a wine in a blind tasting – even to the vintage year? How do they do it – and could you do so also? What about those wines getting 90 or more points in magazine reviews – why does nobody ever...