Wine tasting

Carnivals, clothes and Cornish wine tasting, what's not to love?
Image Credit: Rosemary George MW We then travelled on to Schmid Wetli AG, Berneck www.schmidwetli.ch a family owned winery
If you're anything like me, certain things (well, quite a lot of things, actually) get left to the last minute as far as Christmas is concerned. This year in my house, it's wine! Luckily, I've tasted far and wide this year so the choices were easy. Here are my last minute picks for festive and fabulous wines that everyone will love.
A cool glass of rosé may not be the first thing that comes to mind when planning your meal for Christmas day, but there's actually something rather wonderful about drinking pink at this time of year. There are many styles to go for, but my heart's in Provence...
Maybe it's because it is just so damn easy to drink white wine like water but it does tend to get you in a bit of a pickle. The likely reason for white wine behaviour is the sheer volume drunk although there are higher levels of sulphites (a wine preservative) in white wines than red.
These premium quality wines perfectly balance sumptuous sweetness with refreshing acidity and intensely delicious flavours. Some of my favourites are made by taking advantage of a rare natural occurrence - one which sounds a little bit grim at first...
To fake being a wine expert is going to take more than knowing about years, growing conditions and varietals - you need to know what they taste like. Since flavour will depend on year, it will change.
Piedmont is one of the most famous wine regions in Italy. It has gained this reputation because it is the birthplace of Barolo, (by far the most aristocratic wine of Italy) and Barbaresco, often referred to as Barolo's younger brother.
With the 2014 grape harvest season behind us, we look at how to collect wine, and share a few tips for wine amateurs.
At the Abbey's height they managed 300 hectares of vineyards, the largest in medieval Europe, and even today at 200 hectares theirs is the largest single wine-producing area in Germany. They produce 2.5 million bottles of wine a year, and 75% of it is Riesling.