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Wines for casual drinking are a must. Wines we must have. Wines to live by. In metaphorical terms, the straight-trotting, post-work-horses we routinely dismount at the Relaxation Ranch without pondering too much over what's just galloped from palate to gullet. Wines to be had for fewer guineas. Wines we really do drink.
“This is one of the best days of my life”, proclaimed my nan last summer while we visited Château Canet’s property in the Minervois. And doubtless did sitting by the estate’s pool to take relief from the 38-degree heat, whilst enjoying their Domaine d’O chardonnay, do much to fuel her euphoria!
Split, Demi, Standard. Litre, Magnum, Double Magnum, Jeroboam. Methuselah, Salmanazar, Balthazar, Nebuchadnezzar. Melchior, Solomon, Sovereign, Goliath.
A Methuselah is a.k.a. an ‘Imperial.’ A Goliath a ‘Primat,’ and Melchizedek a ‘Midas’.
There you are. In so many names, all the vessels you need for consuming the world of wine.
Except now you're wondering what these terms mean by way of liquid volumes and how many servings they distribute upon pouring.
That a wine would be unsuitable for those on a vegetarian or vegan diet may seem baffling to new wine enthusiasts. There is, however, a lot more than just grapes involved in the art of winemaking.
Fining agents are often added following the initial fermentation to clear a wine from sediments and enhance its appearance. And with many commonly used clarifying agents deriving from animal products, this can render a wine non-vegetarian.
In this article we take a more in-depth look at the additives which make a wine non- vegetarian. At the end we will also give you our top choices of vegetarian-friendly wines.
How’s the red Bordeaux 2015 vintage looking, these eight years on? If you’re a claret drinker wondering whether to hold out on the 2015 vintage or hold out the corkscrew, here’s some advice by way of an offer we’d recently issued on six red Bordelaises cuvées of this same year. Learn here about how the 2015 growing season fared, what general characteristics this imbued (in its reds, more specifically), and why we felt the time was right to now make more noise about a year firmly inscribed in the good books of critics’ great vintages.
If wine is made just of grapes, then why is there the need for some wines to be labelled specifically as vegan? Well, the straightforward answer is because animal byproducts are commonly used during the winemaking process to produce wine that is clearer and brighter in colour.