[Andrew Jefford] A few weeks ago, a friend from Hong Kong sent me the two ‘mind maps’ for grape varieties.
[Andrew Jefford] Is there a palpable difference between Vermentino and Pigato? Yes, but it may well be the filter of intent.
[Andrew Jefford] How fit is your palate? And how do you maintain and train it?
[Andrew Jefford] Something is changing. The evidence is probably lying quietly in cellars around the world. Here, though, is a little homage to Catalonia, since that was where I recently saw it at first hand for myself.
[Andrew Jefford] Rossese in Liguria’s mountain valleys is one of the red wines which work in their own climate zones in the same kind of way as Pinot does in Burgundy.
[Andrew Jefford] Is there a conflict between brand and terroir? Can you express terroir in a brand without using appellation as a primary focus? Here’s a story.
[Andrew Jefford] It didn’t seem to attract much notice at the time, but the Casa do Douro was finally declared bankrupt and wound up at the end of 2014, with debts of €160 million.
[Andrew Jefford] Wow: how the Gigondas has advanced in the last decade, and what a special place it seems to be!
[Andrew Jefford] I have the significant lemon in front of me. What, though, should I do with it? I’m not sure. Here’s its story.
[Andrew Jefford] There is no more fretful decision in a winemaker’s year that choosing exactly when to send in the picking troops.