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Trebbiano: The most important grape you’ve never heard of

Do you know the Trebbiano wine grape? Perhaps you know it as Ugni Blanc. Perhaps you don’t. That’s OK. Trebbiano is a high-yielding white wine grape from the Mediterranean, with its most significant plantings in Italy and parts of France. So what? Italian Trebbiano is produced in lots of different areas and at lots of […]

3 surprising facts about Chenin Blanc

Chenin Blanc has a low profile as far as wine grapes go. When compared with Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay, poor Chenin is so often forgotten about. It may not be flashy, but any serious wine lover would surely appreciate what Chenin can offer when given half the chance! The Chenin Blanc grape is incredibly versatile, […]

Everything you should know about Godello

The world of wine is inherently quite romantic, dare we say even sexy. Yes, it’s an agricultural product made from grapes, but that doesn’t detract from the glamour and sensuousness of it all. When it comes to grapes and sex appeal, though, there’s a bit of an imbalance – some grapes are certainly sexier than […]

Semillon from around the world

Semillon, or Sémillon to give the French spelling, is a white wine grape found in many regions throughout the world, though most popular in France and Australia. Its berries can be spotted by their thin, golden skin and can produce both dry and sweet wines. Dry white wine produced from Semillon is usually quite rich […]

Understanding Viura: What you need to know

Viura is a very popular Spanish wine grape, though it is often quite misunderstood and arguably not fully appreciated. It has a number of different names, depending on where in the world it’s grown. It is mostly commonly used in white Rioja and Cava, and in these instances the name “Viura” is unlikely to appear […]

Chardonnay is a lot more versatile than you think!

Chardonnay has a bad reputation among a lot of wine lovers, and we think this is a terrible shame. True, there is some bad Chardonnay out there, but that is true of all wines. As far as we’re concerned, Chardonnay is just misunderstood, and we’ll try to address that here.

Sauvignon Blanc: Is it always dry?

Sauvignon Blanc is one of our favourite dry white wines. This popular grape variety originally comes from France, though is planted widely throughout the world. Most wine-producing countries make Sauvignon Blanc wines to at least some extent, with some of the best examples coming from the Loire Valley in France and Marlborough in New Zealand, […]