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Millesima Tips #11: How to Taste a Wine

A bottle of wine is like a message whispered by the winemaker into the ears of the taster about the varietal and the terroir of its origin. In Millesima Tips #1 (Vine Cycle) and #2 (Varietals), we discussed the basis of that message and, in the two articles that followed, how the winemaker conveys it in the creation of a wine. In the ... Read More »

Millesima Tips #10: The Right Glass for Each Style

As discussed in the previous episode of our Millesima Tips series, serving temperature is important to allow a wine to fully express itself. Similarly, the vessel from which it is sipped also holds great significance for the tasting experience. While some glasses may over-accentuate the bitterness or acidity of a wine, which mask the fruity and fresh qualities, others may bring the ... Read More »

Mois Krug 2017 | A Legendary Champagne and the Mysterious Mushroom

During the annual celebration of “Mois Krug” (“Krug Month”), the prestigious Champagne House invites Krug enthusiasts around the world to discover their newest featured pairing: the Krug Grande Cuvee and the mushroom.  The Legacy of Joseph Krug The elaboration of each bottle of Krug Grande Cuvee involves a careful selection of the perfect blend, one which often comprises over 120 ... Read More »

Millesima Tips #9: Serving Wine at the Right Temperature

In Millesima Tips #6 on possible ways to store bottles of wine, we mentioned Wine Serving Cabinets, which bring bottles of wine to the correct serving temperature before they are opened and tasted. In addition to a careful opening of the bottle, proper wine service also includes making sure that the wine is tasted at the correct temperature. This is ... Read More »

Millesima Tips #8: Serving an Old Bottle

As previously discussed in Millesima Tips #5 on the subject of ageing, certain wines have the tendency to improve tremendously over time. Harsh tannins soften, acidity evens out and fresh, tart fruit flavours give way to dried, stewed and jammy fruits on the palate. An old wine also carries with it a certain mystique and charm, as it embodies the conditions of a ... Read More »

Millesima Tips #7: The Decanter, the Carafe and the Bottle

If we imagine ageing in bottle as the wine’s final repose, a deep sleep in a cool, dark place where it can dream about its elaboration while snoring through its cork, then the moment of serving is the wake-up call. While some wines are ready to go, right out of the bottle, others need some time to stretch their limbs ... Read More »

The Early Harvests of Vintage 2017

So far, the 2017 growing season in wine regions across Europe has definitely come with some ups and downs. Late April saw a bitter frost in many of the continent’s most celebrated appellations, followed by severe hailstorms, which badly damaged fragile shoots and buds. And now, following an extremely hot and dry summer, the harvest season is already upon us… 2 weeks ... Read More »