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...

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....