“He who does not risk, does not drink champagne.“ Russian proverb “In victory, you deserve Champagne, in defeat, you need it.” Napoleon “I only drink Champagne on two occasions, when I am in love and when I am not” Coco Chanel What’s your favourite Champagne quote? Let me know in the comments below!
London was boiling last week. It was wonderfully hot (as it should be during the Summer months) but, in all honesty, it was a bit much! 30°C is not the average temperature around here, so we were caught a bit off-guard! However, I wouldn’t change a thing! I love London, and when it’s hot like … More Otto’s Athens Vermouth: The urban Mediterranean aperitif is back
This beautiful Manzanilla Pasada from Hidalgo La Gitana made from 100% Palomino grapes, grown in the singe vineyard of Pastrana in the Jerez Superior district is bursting with aromas and flavours of bruised apple, dough, yeast and this distinctive salty breeze, a sea iodine note. Its finish was such an uplifting and refreshing one with notes of dried chamomile (fun fact: Manzanilla in Spanish means literally “chamomile”) and grilled almonds followed by an elegant touch of salinity! … More The summer flirt for your taste buds: Manzanilla Pasada, Pastrana Single vineyard, Hidalgo La Gitana
The Decanter World Wine Awards 2017 were announced last week and I was thrilled to see so many Greek wines receiving the Decanter prestigious awards! It shows, once again, that Greek wine has made such a marvellous progress over the last 20 years and you are really missing out if you haven’t already tried some … More Greek successes at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2017 – The Platinums & the Golds
You don’t expect things like this to happen when you are a Chemistry student in your hometown. Travelling to other side of the world to join the harvest of one of your most favourite Estates just sound too good to be true! These were my thoughts again, back in 2013, when I met the Head … More Meerlust Harvest 2017: a South African adventure
I’ve always liked a good Vermouth. Either straight up or in a refreshing martini 🍸, a delicious Vermouth would always float my boat 🚣🏻 (I love this expression!). So when Mr. Pio, of Pio Cesare wines, announced that they are going to revive his great grandfather’s secret family recipe, I was stunned because I knew it … More Vermouth di Torino by Pio Cesare: a secret family recipe
Dreams need to be big. Otherwise, they’re just thoughts, aspirations or plans. When I first started studying wine, I thought that I would be making it, too, in the not too distant future. London’s plethora of fascinating wines and fast-paced lifestyle took over and my winemaking path is still under construction. Hence, I was so incredibly happy and … More Weingut Roterfaden, an exciting arrival from Germany!
Assyrtiko de Louros is made from more than 100-year old ungrafted, organically grown vines in the volcanic soils of Santorini. Haridimos Hatzidakis, a leading producer of the island, keeps pushing the Assyrtiko potential further and Louros is simply staggering. Deep gold in colour, with seductive oriental spices, dried apricot and peach notes and appetising flavours … More Assyrtiko de Louros 2012 – a unicorn wine from Santorini
Today, we are told, it’s Blue Monday. The saddest of all Mondays. As if the rest of the Mondays of the year, you only encounter jolly happy people in the tube, the office, the gym. If working in wine has taught me one thing this is to always be optimistic. You never know how exactly … More If wine has taught me anything, it is to be an optimist
Jason of Ktima Ligas identified the potential of this rather underestimated indigenous Greek variety, a grape mainly used for entry level quality Retsina and unlocked its stunning, herbal and spicy profile! Barrel fermented, an orange wine with fantastic freshness and attractive herbal character and with Mediterranean countryside dried herb notes. … More Melina, an orange Roditis from Ktima Ligas in Pella