Fortified Wines

The 5-minute guide to understanding Port: Grape varieties

Port wine is arguably the world’s favourite fortified wine. Despite its popularity, Port remains something of a mystery to many wine lovers. There are a lot of variables in Port production that make it such a unique drink, and one important aspect of that is the grape varieties used. This quick guide will get you up to speed on the different grapes that make Port so special. (more…)

By INVINIC, ago
Sparkling Wines

Making Champagne (and why you should leave it to the experts!)

Have you ever thought about making wine at home? It’s not exactly mainstream, but there is a small minority of wine lovers that have made it a hobby of theirs. Buying wine kits online is probably the most popular way to go about it, but some go so far as to grow (or buy) their own grapes and do everything themselves, from fermentation to ageing. Winemaking is not easy, but it’s possible. (more…)

By INVINIC, ago
Did you know

Wine kits: Could they save you money?

We’ve spoken about wine kits before, and let’s just say that we have mixed feelings. For us, wine kits remove quite a lot of the romance inherent in a good bottle of wine: The best wines display a real sense of place, what the French call “terroir”. Wine kits do not offer anything of the sort. For us, wines made from kits will never live up to the real thing in terms of quality and authenticity, not to mention convenience (wine kits can be notoriously messy to operate). (more…)

By INVINIC, ago
White Wines

Is white Port wine?

White Port is something of a rare beast: Not everyone has seen it, and fewer still really understand what it is. Port, the fortified wine from Portugal’s Duoro Valley, is best known as a sweet, highly alcoholic red wine. Where does white Port fit into the equation, and is white Port wine or is it something else entirely - a liqueur or cocktail, perhaps? (more…)

By INVINIC, ago
White Wines

What exactly is white Merlot?

Merlot is one of the world’s best known red wine grapes. Alongside Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot is a key component in the Bordeaux blend, particularly in regions like Saint Emilion and Pomerol where it is the dominant grape in some of the world’s finest wines. Red Merlot wines are also very popular throughout the world in Spain, the USA, New Zealand and Australia. (more…)

By INVINIC, ago
Did you know

Three good reasons to drink non alcoholic wine – honestly!

As a wine lover, it can be difficult to understand why anybody doesn’t drink wine. We’ve all got a friend or family member (or often more than one) that regularly trashes the very idea of wine: “It all tastes the same!”, “It’s too expensive!” or “It’s too pretentious!” are some of the cries that you can hear surprisingly often. Some say that wine gives them headaches or very bad hangovers, and as such they only drink a certain spirit or beer. (more…)

By INVINIC, ago
How to

Why buy a wine making starter kit?

Making wine for a living is a noble pursuit, and there are numerous ways to get into it. Old World countries of Spain, France and Italy have centuries-old traditions of winemaking handed down through generations. New World countries may not have the history, though it is certainly common for wisdom and skills to be exchanged between peers. (more…)

By INVINIC, ago
Sparkling Wines

Champagne yeast flavours: Where do they come from?

Champagne is the finest sparkling wine in the world, and truly fine Champagne is some of the finest wine in the world, period. Where do Champagne yeast flavours come from? Champagne is made in different styles by different kinds of producers, and so the resulting bubbly liquid can vary widely in terms of its flavour profile. Each Champagne house will have its own house style, from Pol Roger Champagne to Taittinger Champagne. There is one tasting note that is common to most of the best Champagne: You may think of it as resembling bread, toast or yeast. All correctly describe the flavour, and it’s a matter of personal taste whether you identify it more as bread, or toasted bread, or brioche, or straight-up baker’s yeast. In any event, it’s an aroma or flavour that you would expect to encounter in a bakery. (more…)

By INVINIC, ago
Did you know

Oak barrel ageing in wine: What you need to know

If you were to imagine what a wine cellar looks like, what picture comes into your mind? Dusty old bottles? Sure. Big tanks, maybe of concrete or steel? Of course. One image that everybody has, and very few really understand, is that of the oak barrel. What is the oak barrel for, where does it come from? Let’s break it down a little to understand the situation better. (more…)

By INVINIC, ago

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