Ataraxia Chardonnay 2009

Producer Ataraxia is the Greek word for tranquillity, and more specifically the type of tranquillity that is achieved by a complete freedom from worry or any other preoccupation. I think if you asked any winemaker “ataraxia” is not a state … Continue reading

Roxanich Antica Malvazija 2007

Producer The Balkans have a long history of making wine, as well as an extensive list of indigenous (often hard to pronounce) grape varieties. Walking around the Wines of Croatia tasting back in September, I was thrilled not only to … Continue reading

Birichino Malvasia Bianco 2009

Producer Birichino (Italian for impish or mischievous) specialises in making wines from the more unusual grape varieties planted in California. They currently make three wines: a straight Grenache, a Vin Gris (Provence style rosé) from Cinsault and Rolle, and one … Continue reading

Spinetta Moscato Biancospino 2010

Producer It was in 1977 that Giuseppe Rivetti started producing Moscato d’Asti in his winery at Castagnole Lanze. He named it La Spinetta “the top of the hill” and released two single-vineyard Moscatos the same year: Biancospino (hawthorn) and Bricco … Continue reading

Ermelinda Freitas Moscatel de Setubal NV

Producer Casa Ermelinda Freitas is a family-owned estate, passed down through the generations since 1920. It is now in the hands of Leonor Freitas, who is the fourth generation of the family’s wine producers. The winery is based in the … Continue reading

Josmeyer GC Brand Riesling 2009

Producer Alsace is at the forefront of the Biodynamic movement and it seemed that every producer we visited was either fully Biodynamic or heading towards conversion. Josmeyer is one of those that is fully Biodynamic. They are certified Organic by … Continue reading

AA Badenhorst Family Wines Wine NV

Producer AA Badenhorst Family Wines are made on the Kalmoesfontein farm in the Paardeberg area of the Swartland district. Kalmoesfontein is translated as Calamus Fountain. Calamus is a type of tall perennial wetland reed with scented leaves, common to the area. The farm was … Continue reading

Le G de Château Guiraud 2008

Producer This estate was originally named La Maison Noble du Bayle until 1766 when a Bordeaux merchant, Pierre Guirad, purchased it. Château Guiraud was classified in 1855 as a Premier Grand Cru de Sauternes. The Château is now owned by … Continue reading