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Understanding an Italian wine label

Question from Amy: It’s so damn delicious but there are so many things that confuse me about Italian wine! My main beef is the name of the wine which is rarely the same as the grape variety! Why?!? When reading an Italian wine list 99.9% of the time it’s a lucky dip as to what grape variety you’re going to get. Could you run me through the common names and what grapes are used?

In a nut shell: As far as Italian wines go, every now and again the name of the wine is the same as the name of the grape. But more often than not the name of the wine has nothing to do with the grape. Yes, infuriating! I’ve put together a handy little table below that you can print off and stick on your fridge or in your wallet. It will help you next time you’re confronted by an Italian wine list. Read more

Spit or swallow… at a wine tasting

Question from Chris: I’ve been invited to a wine tasting on the weekend and I notice at these kinds of events people spit their wine. It seems crazy to me but is it uncouth to swallow? What is the wine etiquette here?

In a nut shell: Spitting at a wine tasting is common because the drunker you get the less you can taste which kind of defeats the purpose of going to a wine tasting in the first place. But there are definitely some instances where it would be rude not to swallow (or at least I think so anyway)… Read more

Vintage variation… a dirty word?

Question from Grace: Why does my favourite wine taste different all of a sudden? Like different bad, not different good! HELP!

In a nut shell: Noooooooooooooooooooooooo! The inevitable has happened and life as you know it will never be the same. The vintage (or year that the wine was produced) has changed and therefore it tastes a little different. Read more

Why is Rosé pink?

Question from Sandra: Why is Rosé wine pink?

In a nut shell: Rosé wine is pink because of the grape’s red skin and the skin’s contact with the grape juice during the wine making process. Read more

Pairing wine and chocolate

Question from Zoe: I love chocolate and I love wine but together I struggle to make them work. Can you suggest a delish chocolate and wine pairing for Easter?

In a nut shell: To be totally honest I’d avoid the two together. Chocolate and wine should never really be paired. They compete to impress the same taste buds and in doing so butt heads and fall over. The only time you can enhance the flavours of both is if you find a wine that’s sweeter than the chocolate you’re eating, which isn’t easy. Read more