Varietal Decoded – Barbera!
Barbera, pronounced bar-BER-uh, was one of the great wine travesties of our time.
The increasing popularity and price of Nebbiolo wines, particularly Barolo and Barbaresco, saw old plantings of Barbera in the great sites ripped out and replanted to Nebbiolo.
Varietal Decoded – Nebbiolo!
Nebbiolo, pronounced NEH-bee-oh-low, is such a unique variety.
Good Nebbiolo has a core of fruit running the length of your tongue, along with layers of those same secondary characters.
Nebbiolo’s grape tannins give it a distinct texture. Look for the quality and depth of tannin.
Q&A with Paul:”What are Pressings in Red Wine?”
A complete answer needs a book. We’ll cut that back to 5 minutes! In this case we’re talking about red wines. White wines are another beast altogether!
The question arose after AP Birks Wendouree released a Pressings Wine for the 2017 vintage. They only release it about once a decade.
An Afternoon Exploring 2015 & 2013 Barolo with Giovanni Agneli of Massolino
I had the fortune to spend an afternoon with Giovanni Angeli when he shared his insights into the 2013 and 2015 vintages as I tasted through the range.
The 🎧 podcast is available below.
Getting Your Head Around Barolo “The 8 Cru’s of Giovanni Sordo”
Exploring 8 Cru’s from Across Barolo is a great way to get your head around the region. Add the input of Neb-Head, David Ridge & you’re in for some fun!
Watch 🎥for the full experience with flyover maps of the communes & more! Listen 🎧 if the NBN is annoying you!
What is Noble Rot? AKA Botrytis
Botrytis cinerea, also known as “noble rot” is a fungus that colonizes the grape and causes water to evaporate through the skin of the fruit.
Under the perfect conditions with the right amount of humidity and heat Botrytis will transform the grapes into “drops of gold”.
The Tough Years Are When Experience Really Counts – 2016 with Alex Moreau
One of the most honest reflections of a tough vintage that you will ever hear. Listen to this and you will understand the depth of deliberate, consequential thought that required for the world’s best vignerons always optimise.
Getting Your Head Around Burgundy Part 4 – The White(ish) Villages of Chassagne-Montrachet, Pugliny-Montrachet, Saint-Aubin
We explore the Geology, Geography and Wines of the Côte de Beaune Villages: Chassagne-Montrachet, Pugliny-Montrachet, Saint-Aubin
Wine Decoded Tasting Revolution: Bite 1 – Depth & Length
Today we’re looking at the value of tasting in Context & with Contrast & we’re covering the first two things to look at when you’re trying to work out whether a wine is any good.
Depth or Concentration and Length or Persistence.
Wine Decoded Tasting Revolution: Bite 3 – Freshness & Development
We’ve covered 2 pairs of elements so far: Concentration & Persistence; and Balance and Complexity. Remember you can always go back to the session and do it again to refresh your memory!
This session we’re covering the 3rd pair: Freshness & Development.
Just How Does Sulphur Affect Wine? + A Pro Tip for Buying Old Wine
Most of the articles you see about how wine develops in the bottle over time explore the standard evolution of a single wine.
Taking this one step further, I started an experiment 18 years ago. Today you get to see the results.