Tag Archives: Syrah

• Just In Case You Thought Your Wine Was Vegan

Just In Case You Thought Your Wine Was Vegan

Is your wine vegan? It seems like an odd question: wine is made of grapes, grapes fall solidly under the “not an animal product” label, therefore it would seem that wine is a vegan-friendly beverage. However, many people who adhere to a vegan diet refrain from consuming any food or drink that is processed using […]

• Celeb Booze Watch: Ridley Scott To Launch Wine Label In UK

Celeb Booze Watch: Ridley Scott To Launch Wine Label In UK

Skinny Champagne founder Amanda Thomson is to launch a wine from film director Ridley Scott in the UK through Gerard Basset’s Hotel TerraVina. The wine comes from a domaine called Mas des Infermières within the Oppède commune in the Luberon AOP, which itself is situated in the Provence region of southeast France. Made from Grenache […]

• Cabernet Sauvignon Now World’s Most Planted Grape

Cabernet Sauvignon Now World’s Most Planted Grape

Cabernet Sauvignon is the world’s most widely planted grape variety, a recent study from the University of Adelaide has found. Since 1990 Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot have more than doubled their share of hectares under vine, making them the top two cultivated varieties in the world. In the same period, Tempranillo and Chardonnay have more […]

• Drown in the Rhône

Drown in the Rhône

monsieur marcel was the place for Jean-Luc Colombo’s Master class in wines of the Southern Rhône.  With an absurdly overt French name as monsieur marcel, it felt like the kind of swank establishment Betty and Megan Draper would frequent for their night out in the city.  Later, Megan would entertain Don and pals with a […]

• Celeb Watch! Blues Legend B.B. King Launches Wine

Celeb Watch! Blues Legend B.B. King Launches Wine

Legendary blues artist B.B. King has followed in the footsteps of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie by launching his own line of wines. 87-year-old musician has collaborated with Bodega Santa Cruz in Almansa in southeastern Spain to release a pair of wines in the US market. B.B. King Signature Collection Red 2010 is a Crianza […]

• How to Really Buy Wine. Go To Extremes.

How to Really Buy Wine. Go To Extremes.

For all the blather applied to wine (and I write this as a professional blatherer), the question everybody has about wine is this: How do I buy the stuff? Of course, we’re not thinking mechanically. We all know how to trot down to the liquor store or supermarket to pick up whatever is on offer. […]

• Raising the bar for Sonoma Syrah

Raising the bar for Sonoma Syrah

A former business partner of Kermit Lynch and ex-husband of chef Alice Waters has set his sights on realising Sonoma’s potential for top quality Syrah. Having produced the first harvest from his Sebastopol-based Baker Lane Vineyards back in 2004, winemaker and owner Stephen Singer now makes just 2,000 cases a year, split evenly between Syrah […]

• Italian winemakers consider new varieties

Italian winemakers consider new varieties

Italian winemakers will vote next week over whether to introduce new grape varieties to their region. Producers in Rosso di Montalcino will gather on Wednesday 7 September to vote on whether or not allow the introduction of varieties such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah to the traditionally Sangiovese-based wine. Rosso di Montalcino is supposed […]

• Consumers Select the Best Spirits at the 2011 SIP Awards

Consumers Select the Best Spirits at the 2011 SIP Awards

The Spirits International Prestige (SIP) Awards hosted its 2011 international spirits competition at the Vin de Syrah spirit & wine parlor in downtown San Diego, CA on June 28, 2011. Distillers rallied their highest quality spirits to compete for the coveted status as a consumer favorite.  The competition, which enlists consumers to form its judging […]

• Former Lafite winemaker turns to Bourboulenc. What’s that?!

Former Lafite winemaker turns to Bourboulenc. What’s that?!

Eric Fabre, ex-technical director at Château Lafite, was initially drawn to the Languedoc to grow his great love Mourvèdre but quickly discovered that the area in which he bought his new estate, Château d’Anglès, was ideal for Bourboulenc as well. Fabre bought his new property in the sub-region of La Clape in 2002. Subsequently, it […]

• Bigger wines require bigger glasses. Do you really need more glasses?

Bigger wines require bigger glasses. Do you really need more glasses?

The greater levels of concentration in modern wines meant that Riedel’s range of Vinum glassware needed to be updated to suit new styles of both red and white wine, according to Maximilian Riedel. Speaking at a lunch held in the Harrods tasting room, Riedel presented the newest addition to the Vinum XL range, the Syrah […]

• Congrats! 2nd year for award-winning wine in Qantas 1st class

Congrats! 2nd year for award-winning wine in Qantas 1st class

Qantas first class passengers have been enjoying the world’s best airline red wine thanks to a small but prestigious local winery. For the second year in a row the judges of the Cellar in the Sky Awards have decided that of all the great red wines served in first class on the world’s airlines, Murrumbateman’s […]

• Silverlake Wine’s Randy Clement Illuminates Syrah

Silverlake Wine’s Randy Clement Illuminates Syrah

If you haven’t listened to one of Randy’s illuminating talks about, well anything, listen to him talk about Syrah. Only here will you hear the cool stories behind the wine and winemakers. This Sunday, January 30, at Silverlake Wine, we tasted four Syrahs from four different regions: France, Chile, Washington State and California. Herewith the […]

• Preposterous. Sommeliers, Stewards Say Syrah Slow to Sell

It seems preposterous that Syrah gets such a beating when wine industry professionals try to explain away why this particular varietal is slow to sell.  Critics and reviewers alike have recently been assigning high scores to wines made from Syrah and the quality of American Syrah has risen massively in the past decade.  Not to […]

• Australia gets first Thai wines

Australia gets first Thai wines

Thai food is one of Australia’s most popular cuisines, and now, for the first time foodies can pair their favourite stir-fries or curries with Thai wine, after its recent release at Sailors Thai restaurant in Sydney. Thailand winery, GranMonte, has released seven international award winning wines into the Australian market, including a 2010 Sakuna Rose […]