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What’s happening in the vineyard? The harvest season has started last August in the Northern Hemisphere, but the best is yet to come! October is the last month of this year’s peak harvest time, and it is indisputably the most beautiful period of the year. This season makes its mark on the wine-growing landscape. Vineyards look radiant as they shed the greens of warmer months for colourful yellows, red and burnt oranges of autumn.   How... read more

Consumers' love for wine has not deteriorated even after so many years. Despite the fact that recent wine consumption figures have not picked up considerably, it certainly provides enough encouragement for wine entities to stay in the business. In 2012 wine consumption was 244 million hectoliters collectively, and the figures have remained nearly steady all these years. Apparently, quite a few European nations known as major wine producers have cut down on the harvest lately to be in sync with wine demand. ... read more

May is the perfect time for a vineyard visit, whether you are in the Northern or Southern Hemisphere! South of the equator, in Australia, South Africa and Argentina, harvest time is over and the fermentation process is just beginning with this year’s grapes. You might be lucky enough to sample some wine straight from the barrel! In the Northern hemisphere, in France, USA and Italy, as temperatures rise to between 1... read more

Photo credit: Serge Esteve -   A Sommelier is an expert trained in how to taste and pair wine to perfection. Sommelier’s are wine experts that simply get paid to taste wine. But a wine expert does more than that. Wine takes time to age. Experts know the best of wine in each and every season.  Every vineyard has a season to harvest the grapes for wine, but the grape clusters bud in the... read more

The quirky Lady Gaga is a famous American singer and songwriter. Her career started in the early part of the century extending to worldwide recognition. She has been named several times in the Forbes and Time lists respectively as one of “the world’s 100 most powerful women” and “most influential people in the world”. Rumours about her investing in the wine business in Sonoma County have been swirling for the past few years. With no... read more

February brings with it many great, global food and wine events and festivals. From the winter warmth of the Southern Hemisphere to the winter wonderlands of the Northern Hemisphere, our monthly guide has enough to keep you entertained.  What’s happening in the vineyard? While in the Southern Hemisphere, at the end of this month harvesting takes place, in the Northern Hemisphere weeping begins. When it starts to warm up, the vine wakes up and... read more

It’s almost that time of the year for family, turkey, football, and of course, gearing up for Black Friday. Thanksgiving can be quite stressful from booking trips to juggling family. With so much on your plate, you shouldn’t have to worry about picking the right wines to complete the perfect Turkey Day feast. It’s difficult to find THE perfect wine to serve with the meal since Thanksgiving is a cornucopia of flavours. However, there... read more

THANKSGIVING HISTORY Thanksgiving is a traditional American holiday which is celebrated every year on the 4th Thursday of November. Nowadays, the word evokes image of football, family reunions, roasted turkey and pumpkin pies. We take a look at the holiday and its history to give you a bit of background on the food and wine which makes Thanksgiving that extra bit special! Wampanoag, the native American tribe, dedicated part of their daily life giving thanks for the Creator’s... read more

With the annual festive craze coming to an end, relatives going home and friends coming back from Christmas and New Year trips, January finally comes to order. There is time to search and plan new exciting holidays and days out. Good news for wine lovers is that while Europe’s wine theme is in a state of a winter nap, the Southern Hemisphere is in full bloom, with harvest and wine events and festivals taking place all round in... read more

What’s happening in the vineyard? Despite what one might think, there is still a lot of work to be done in the vineyard in at this time of the year. During December, wine producers start to cut away a considerable part of the canes which have grown in the past year, in order to increase the number of shoots (a process called pruning). This process has the purpose of allowing the vine to concentrate on ripening the... read more