I WAS fortunate recently to spend a week in Porto and the Douro Valley. For British drinkers, it is sometimes difficult to appreciate that, in port-wine production, there are almost parallel styles of wine made: those produced by the traditional British-owned companies, and those by their Portug...
Christopher Fielden on reliance on the moon
IN THEIR book Wine Grapes (Allen Lane, 2012), Jancis Robinson and her co-authors have identified 1368 different grape varieties used around the world for producing wine — and yet how many of these do we drink regularly?
"More than 90 per cent of wines that we see are ready for immediate drinking"
WHAT is the French wine that appears most often on restaurant wine-lists? I admit to not knowing the answer, but I would put my money on Chablis
THE question that I am asked more frequently than any other is: “How can I learn more about wine?” The simple, flip answer is: “By drinking more of it.” One good way of doing this is by getting together regularly with a group of friends, each bringing a different bottle
Christopher Fielden tips Prosecco, Malbec, and Viognier as his three grapes for 2016
I SUGGESTED in my last column that there was much to be said in favour of waiting until nearer Christmas before making your wine purchases, particularly with regard to Champagne, and I am pleased to say that this has proved to be true
IT LOOKS as though buying wine for Christmas could have a different flavour this year, because, in the same week, Majestic announced that it would no longer have a six-bottle purchase rule, and Tesco has abandoned its 50-per-cent-off offers for lower overall pricing on its wines
POPE JOHN XXII was the second of the popes to be established in exile in Avignon, at the start of the 14th century, and it was his conflict with the Franciscans which led to the election of an antipope in Rome.
He is probably better remembered today, however, as the Pape in Châteauneuf...
Christopher Fielden spent an hour or two looking into the background of the Rioja wine region