German Rieslings: a light, dry delight

| May 14, 2010

German Rieslings: a light, dry delight

by Felicity Hughes

It’s a breathtaking sight: Between the rigid rows of bare vines, constellations of seeding dandelions glisten silver in the morning light. While the barely budding vines may seem dull in comparison, the golden Rieslings made from last year’s grape harvest are glittering with promise ...

Fine wines from a complex region

| Feb 12, 2010

Fine wines from a complex region

by Felicity Hughes

According to the philosopher Isaiah Berlin, great thinkers can be separated into two broad categories: hedgehogs and foxes. While hedgehogs view the world through one single defining idea, foxes embrace the multitude of contradictory experiences that life throws up. It’s no stretch to place ...

An early start for Japanese wines

| Nov 13, 2009

An early start for Japanese wines

by Felicity Hughes

“Please don’t drink too much,” screeches a man wielding a megaphone, but he’s a bit too late because half the genteel crowd are already totally hammered. It’s not surprising, really, seeing as there are around 70 wines to sample and there’s not a single ...

Introducing the Californian dream

| Oct 9, 2009

Introducing the Californian dream

by Felicity Hughes

Swilling an elegant Pinot around your glass, the landscape before you, verdant with vines, undulates in the soft evening light. The little wine you’ve imbibed sets your senses aglow as you contemplate the cinematic beauty of California’s wine country. With the release of the ...