But it just smells of wine!

But it just smells of wine!

In another post, we talked about Jilly Goolden and the seemingly impossible task of emulating the experts’ litany of descriptive words, when all we can smell is in fact ‘wine’. We also looked at why, when wine is simply made from grapes, it smells of...
Show me some skin

Show me some skin

Today we’re talking about skin. Grape skin, to be precise. And more specifically, something IN the grape skin – tannin. It’s another one of those wine terms you hear bandied around all the time. ‘Oh, this Cabernet is so tannic’, or...
A fine balance

A fine balance

Wine writers use the word ‘balance’ a lot. ‘A beautifully balanced example of a Pinot Noir, with silky tannins and a fragrant finish’…or ‘this Chardonnay, wearing its oak lightly, has the most exquisite balance’. The...
What does ‘corked’ really mean?

What does ‘corked’ really mean?

Hope you’ve enjoyed some good bottles recently. Last time, I explored that strange ritual in restaurants where you, the guest, are asked to taste the wine – NOT to see if you like it, but so that you can check whether or not it’s faulty. I promised I’d talk more...
My Favourite Wine Person

My Favourite Wine Person

Friday 22nd December 2023 Inspired by Jancis Robinson MW’s 2023 wine writing competition, Anne has written her own version (several months too late for entering the competition!). Hope you enjoy her story. I was aware of my parents’ love of wine from my...