Greywacke


Greywacke is variety of sandstone that makes up a large percentage of the basement rock of New Zealand. In 1993, Kevin Judd, then winemaker of Cloudy Bay in Marlborough, registered it as a brand name thinking that he might one day want to use it on a wine label of his own. The first vines in…

High Grade Greeks


Viticulture probably existed in Greece since the late neolithic period. In the ancient world, Greece was one of the leading producers of wine. Today, Greek wines are regaining their rightful place in the world of fine wine. I remember the days of Retsina. At trade tastings, I used to walk quickly past Greek stands. Then…

Torres Chile


  Miguel Torres was one of the first foreign investors to buy land in Chile, attracted by the special climatic conditions of this region.   In 1979 Torres purchased one hundred hectares of vineyard in Maquehua, San Francisco Norte and Cordillera and a winery located in the Curicó Valley.  With him, Miguel Torres brought his family’s…

Autumn Lunch – 2017


    Autumn was Pushkin’s favourite season. In my days in Russia, autumn was magical for me too. Spring was joyous with bud break after the long bleak winter, chirping birds, happy, smiling girls in colourful frocks free of the burden of winter furs, the comforting sound of gurgling brooks. But, autumns were special with…