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The battle of the best dry German Riesling

The battle of the best dry German Riesling

The snow had suddenly presented itself for the first time this morning, and it was cold and wet outside. People were wondering effortlessly around trying to fight of the blizzard and blistering cold with their umbrellas. Me however had been so fortunate as to get an invitation from Wines of Germany.

The Prosecco Wave

The Prosecco wave

The entry of Prosecco on to the market caused a lot of stir in the wine business when it first appeared. Many did not take it seriously at the time and brushed it away as a small trend, expecting it to dissipate as quickly as it arrived. Conesseurs and professionals a like felt that the market did n

Wine of the week: Where the big guns roar

Where the big guns roar

Wine of the week Kanonkop Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Located furthest north on the African continent lies the Stellenbosch area. This is at the very heart of the South African wine making region. Most of the African continent is to warm for the growth and production of suitable grapes for wine produc

Wine of the week: A classic that still packs a punch

A classic that still packs a punch

Wine of the week Faustino I Gran Reserva 2005 The Faustino Brand has been a household wine for many consumers for decades. In recent years however it has been met with fierce competition in an evolving and faster than ever moving market. Faustino still packs a punch and should not be brushed off a

Wine of the week: An iconic wine from Coonawarra

An iconic wine from Coonawarra

Wine of the week Wynns Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Grown on the famous Terra Rossa soil in Australia, Wynns Estate has established themselves on the market as an iconic label and producer of high quality wines. They have received several awards over the years, and the wines they produce age

Learn about Nebbiolo

Nebbiolo

Grape of the month Nebbiolo At the foot of the Alps in the most Northern reaches of Italy, where the morning fog covers the landscape like a soft carpet, grows a very special grape by the name of Nebbiolo. The name is said to have been inspired by the Italian name Nebbia, meaning fog. Sin

Wine of the week: Something very unique

Something very unique

Wine of the week Marques de Grinon Summa Varietalis 2010 After Carlos Falco had finished his education in agriculture he returned back home to manage his family estate focusing on growing tobacco, fruit trees and olive. But in the process of importing apples from France, he also smuggled in some v

Wine of the week: A Rebellious wine

A rebellious wine

Wine of the week Thunevin Bad Boy 2011 The "Garagiste" winery movement in Bordeaux started in the early 90`s. Literally meaning small batch production of wines made from people with high ambitions about creating very high quality wines, but with a very limited budget and little equipment

Exploring branding in the wine business

Exploring branding in the wine business

Exploring branding in the wine business The word branding comes from the old Norse word brandr, meaning "to burn". The practice was burning a name onto something to show the rightful ownership of that object. In the context of wine, branding has been in use for thousands of years. One of

Wine of the Week: In celebration of Autumn

In celebration of Autumn

Wine of the week Produttori del Barbaresco 2014 Now that a new season has slowly started to emerge, a new array of aromas is beginning to fill the air. Soon it will be dominated by earthy aromas of decaying leaves and moist soil. The autumn signals the end of summer, but it

Wine of the week: Bold and Complex

Bold and complex

Wine of the week Domaine Michel Briday Ruilly Premier Cru 2015 Gresigny Domaine Michel Briday was established in 1976 in Bourgogne by Michel and Lucette Briday. They now control 15 ha of vineyards in the appellations of Rully, Bouzeron and Mercurey. They also produce Bourgogne rose` and Cremant de

Learn about the Grenache Grape

Grenache

Grape of the month Grenache Grenache is one of the worlds most widely planted grapes, especially around the Mediterranean basin where it thrives due to the heat. It is a big part of the wine industry stretching from Spain, and upwards through South of France. It has had a bad reputation for severa

The reality of Minerality in Wine

The reality of minerality in wine

The reality of Minerality in wine The use of the word minerals and minerality in tasting notes has exploded the last 20 years. But what does it really mean? Is it used by everyone in the same way, to describe the same thing? The use of minerals in tasting notes started to appear in the

Wine of the week: Stella Bella Chardonnay

Stella Bella Chardonnay 2016

Wine of the Month Stella Bella Chardonnay 2016 The Stella Bella winery is located Southwest in the Western Australia Zone in an area called Margaret River. In recent years Margaret River has become world know for the production of ekspressive quality wines. Stella Bella was established in 1996 by

Wine of the week: Spanish Craftmanship

Spanish Craftmanship

Wine of the week Muga Reserva Bodegas Muga is located far North in Spain. Bodegas Muga was established in 1932 by Isac Muga Martinez, an is still a family owned business. After Isac Muga`s passing in 1969 his children Manuel, Isabel and Isac Muga took over the business. The family controls all asp

Learn about Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc

Grape of the month Sauvignon Blanc Sauvignon Blanc is known for it distinct aromas of black currant leafs, nettles and green herbs with amazingly fruit driven aromas and flavours. It should usually be enjoyed as fresh as possible. Sauvignon Blanc is now grown all over the world, but there are two

Learn about wine: The smell of wine

The smell of wine

Learn about wine The smell of wine Aromas in wine can stretch from from fresh and fruity styles like berries and citrus fruit to flowers and Vanilla. They can also appear as nutty aromas or like mushrooms and forest floor etc. It is possible to identify hundres of aromas in a wine and this can cre

Wine of the week: Great value Champagne

Launois Grand Cru 2010 Blanc de blancs

Wine of the Month Launois Grand Cru 2010 Blanc de blancs If one dares to navigate away from the familiar and known in the store shelves and dare to try something new, it is possible to get some great bargains. This is the case with Lanouis 2010 Grand Cru. Firstly the market price is on the same le

Grape of the month: Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon

Grape of the month Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the worlds most known grape names, and it is grown all across the world. It is one of the worlds most planted grapes. Cabernet Sauvignon can vary from the elegant and complex wines from Bordeaux in France, to the explosively fruity

Learn about wine: Pairing wine and seafood

Pairing wine and seafood

Learn about wine Pairing wine and seafood When pairing wine and seafood, the key is not only to consider what type of sea food but also the condiments. They can vary from the light and fresh vinaigrette to buttery and heavy sauces. There are some key elements that needs to be considered to succ

Wine of the week: California Chardonnay on a budget

California Chardonnay on a budget

Wine of the week Wente Morning Fog Chardonnay 2015 Wente Family vineyards have a history stretching back to the end of the 1800s. C.H Wente was an immigrant from Germany, who settled down in the USA in 1883 chasing a better life for himself. Ha started studying winemaking under Charles Krug in Nap

Tasting Report: Bubbles on a budget

Bubbles on a budget

Tasting report Bubbles on a budget There is something unique and special with bubbles on a hot summer day, or perhaps a well deserved celebration. The history of Champagne stretches all the way back to the 18th century. Intwined into celebrations and joy all across the world, and loved by some of

Wine of the week: A great value White Bordeaux wine

Great value White Bordeaux

Wine of the Month Grand Bateau Blanc 2015 Grand Bateau Blanc has received a lot of attention here in Norway this year since its release on the Norwegian Wine Monopoly. Praised for its quality and price in several newspapers.

Wine of the week: A legend from Libanon

A legend from Lebanon

Wine of the Month Chateau Musar 2009

Grape of the Month: Learn about Riesling

Riesling

Grape of the month Riesling The Riesling grape has its heritage in Germany and Alsace in France with historical roots that can be traced all the way back to the 14th Century. The wines from Alsace are traditionally drier then the German counterpart, but recent trends in the market has started to c

Wine of the Week: Argentinian Craftmanship

Argentinian Craftmanship

Wine of the week Tito Zuccardi 2013 The Zuccardi family has produced wine in Argentina since the 1960`s. It is a family run company with long traditions within wine production located in Mendoza. Alberto Zuccardi came here in the 50`s, he was then 30 years of age with no experience in the art of w

Learn about Chablis Wine

Get to know Chablis

Learn about wine Chablis Many are familiar with the name Chablis and they often know that it is a French white wine. But for most people it also stops there. The name Chablis has become such a huge brand by itself that many people are unaware of what lies behind the name. Lets start with the grap

Ever wondered what the appearance of wine can tell you?

Looking at wine

Learn about wine Looking at wine The appearance of a wine can actually tell a lot. The colour and depth of the wine hints at the grape variety, and also the age of the wine. Red wine and white wine actually develops a little differently in terms of colour. Red wine becomes brighter and with age op

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The battle of the best dry German Riesling

The battle of the best dry German Riesling

The snow had suddenly presented itself for the first time this morning, and it was cold and wet outside. People were wondering effortlessly around trying to fight of the blizzard and blistering cold with their umbrellas. Me however had been so fortunate as to get an invitation from Wines of Germany.

The Prosecco Wave

The Prosecco wave

The entry of Prosecco on to the market caused a lot of stir in the wine business when it first appeared. Many did not take it seriously at the time and brushed it away as a small trend, expecting it to dissipate as quickly as it arrived. Conesseurs and professionals a like felt that the market did n

Wine of the week: Where the big guns roar

Where the big guns roar

Wine of the week Kanonkop Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Located furthest north on the African continent lies the Stellenbosch area. This is at the very heart of the South African wine making region. Most of the African continent is to warm for the growth and production of suitable grapes for wine produc

Wine of the week: A classic that still packs a punch

A classic that still packs a punch

Wine of the week Faustino I Gran Reserva 2005 The Faustino Brand has been a household wine for many consumers for decades. In recent years however it has been met with fierce competition in an evolving and faster than ever moving market. Faustino still packs a punch and should not be brushed off a

Wine of the week: An iconic wine from Coonawarra

An iconic wine from Coonawarra

Wine of the week Wynns Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Grown on the famous Terra Rossa soil in Australia, Wynns Estate has established themselves on the market as an iconic label and producer of high quality wines. They have received several awards over the years, and the wines they produce age

Learn about Nebbiolo

Nebbiolo

Grape of the month Nebbiolo At the foot of the Alps in the most Northern reaches of Italy, where the morning fog covers the landscape like a soft carpet, grows a very special grape by the name of Nebbiolo. The name is said to have been inspired by the Italian name Nebbia, meaning fog. Sin

Wine of the week: Something very unique

Something very unique

Wine of the week Marques de Grinon Summa Varietalis 2010 After Carlos Falco had finished his education in agriculture he returned back home to manage his family estate focusing on growing tobacco, fruit trees and olive. But in the process of importing apples from France, he also smuggled in some v

Wine of the week: A Rebellious wine

A rebellious wine

Wine of the week Thunevin Bad Boy 2011 The "Garagiste" winery movement in Bordeaux started in the early 90`s. Literally meaning small batch production of wines made from people with high ambitions about creating very high quality wines, but with a very limited budget and little equipment

Exploring branding in the wine business

Exploring branding in the wine business

Exploring branding in the wine business The word branding comes from the old Norse word brandr, meaning "to burn". The practice was burning a name onto something to show the rightful ownership of that object. In the context of wine, branding has been in use for thousands of years. One of

Wine of the Week: In celebration of Autumn

In celebration of Autumn

Wine of the week Produttori del Barbaresco 2014 Now that a new season has slowly started to emerge, a new array of aromas is beginning to fill the air. Soon it will be dominated by earthy aromas of decaying leaves and moist soil. The autumn signals the end of summer, but it

Wine of the week: Bold and Complex

Bold and complex

Wine of the week Domaine Michel Briday Ruilly Premier Cru 2015 Gresigny Domaine Michel Briday was established in 1976 in Bourgogne by Michel and Lucette Briday. They now control 15 ha of vineyards in the appellations of Rully, Bouzeron and Mercurey. They also produce Bourgogne rose` and Cremant de

Learn about the Grenache Grape

Grenache

Grape of the month Grenache Grenache is one of the worlds most widely planted grapes, especially around the Mediterranean basin where it thrives due to the heat. It is a big part of the wine industry stretching from Spain, and upwards through South of France. It has had a bad reputation for severa

The reality of Minerality in Wine

The reality of minerality in wine

The reality of Minerality in wine The use of the word minerals and minerality in tasting notes has exploded the last 20 years. But what does it really mean? Is it used by everyone in the same way, to describe the same thing? The use of minerals in tasting notes started to appear in the

Wine of the week: Stella Bella Chardonnay

Stella Bella Chardonnay 2016

Wine of the Month Stella Bella Chardonnay 2016 The Stella Bella winery is located Southwest in the Western Australia Zone in an area called Margaret River. In recent years Margaret River has become world know for the production of ekspressive quality wines. Stella Bella was established in 1996 by

Wine of the week: A rich and complex Riesling from Pfalz

A rich and complex Riesling from Pfalz

Wine of the week Von Winning Grainhubel Riesling GG 2015 Weingut Von Winning is located in the Northern Pfalz region in Germany, right next to Rheinhessen in the East and the border of France in the West. Pfalz is Germanys second largest wine region. The region is submerged in historical and cultu

Wine of the week: Spanish Craftmanship

Spanish Craftmanship

Wine of the week Muga Reserva Bodegas Muga is located far North in Spain. Bodegas Muga was established in 1932 by Isac Muga Martinez, an is still a family owned business. After Isac Muga`s passing in 1969 his children Manuel, Isabel and Isac Muga took over the business. The family controls all asp