Wine: PHYLLOXERA VASTATRIX sounds as
though she might have been a female equivalent of Attila the Hun.
In her own way, however, she devastated a much larger slice of the
world, across six continents. It is a small aphid, native to the
east coast of the United States, which lives by eating
Wine: OVER the past few years, the middle
ground seems to have disappeared in the wine trade. At the one end,
the power of the supermarkets has been consolidated; at the other,
a number of fine independent wine stores have sprung up. Threshers,
Unwins, and Augustus Barnett have all bitten the dust.
Wine: The message that is coming back is that
one should not invest too much money in 2013 vintage claret: the
quality overall is varied, and on the whole the wines are
Wine: IN A number of ways, we have never
had it so good as far as drinking wine is concerned. In the UK, the
range of wines available is phenomenal.
Wine: GIVEN the recent reports that
suggested that wine had played too important a part in the social
life of a certain Merseyside parish, I have a certain hesitancy in
writing about which wines to choose for church functions.
Wine: ONE of the last bottles of wine that
I opened in 2013 was a Spanish white wine from a region that I have
never visited. It came from the Ribeiro district in north-west
Spain, and was, for me, one of the outstanding wines of the
Wine: It makes a great headline for a New Year
column: "The world is about to run out of wine." It has a certain
milleniarist ring to it.
Wine: THE carol invites us to deck the hall
with boughs of holly - but there are other things we can do with
it. In the Vosges Mountains, in Alsace, for example, they have a
tradition of distilling holly berries
Wine: THE French have a wonderful
expression, attrape-nigaud - literally,
"twit-trap", and, as I have pointed out in the past, this is what
most supermarket BOGOF wine-offers are. Oz Clarke, on the TV
programme Watchdog, pointed out the the cheapest
wines do not represent a real bargain.
Christopher Fielden finds that there are
are now 47 wineries in the three countries accredited for Fairtrade
Wine: YEARS ago, my doctor sentenced me to
a life-term without drink - a decision that was rescinded after a
retrial 12 months later. One result of this sentence was that, for
the first time, I tried some "de-alcoholised" wine. In no way was
it a satisfactory replacement for the real thing, as far as I was