Doug Paul of Three Sisters Vineyard

I was extremely saddened to hear of the untimely death of Doug Paul, the co-owner of Three Sisters Vineyard, on March 7th. Doug was a real wine pioneer. After a career in TV and radio, he and his wife Sharon established the first local vineyard and winery in Lumpkin...

How much would you pay for your bottle of wine?

A recently released study of the ten most expensive wines in the world (they are all French) has some startling numbers. Top of the list comes Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2005 at a staggering $28 thousand per bottle. A further seven of the list of ten also come from...

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...