Vineyards in USA Grow Marijuana

The Independent has reported that vineyards in America’s Washington state are being sold to grow Marijuana – a plant that could surpass grapes in value this year. For centuries farmers have replaced one crop with another as climate and its conditions have forced them to diversify. Last year I blogged about the American Mid West abandoning its grain crops … Read more

The Biggest Grapes in The World?

The Telegraph has reported on a newly developed grape variety which if it is not the biggest in the world – is definitely the most expensive. The tomato coloured Ruby Roman grapes took 14 years to develop in a state led project. A Japanese hotel manager paid £475 for the bunch of grapes at an auction in … Read more

Marks and Spencer Bring Lambrusco Back

For those of us old enough to remember it Lambrusco was the Lambrini of the 70s and early 80s – it was cheap, cheerful and quaffable. Lambrusco back then came in a sparkling, sweet red and white and to my mind was the fore runner of the alcopop – but that’s a matter of personal opinion … Read more

The Saint Emilion Row Over 2006 Classification

Many of you have probably read about the 2006 Classification which has been causing uproar in Saint Emilion. I haven’t covered it in the blogs as it is still ongoing. The French are a passionate people and the disagreement over those château which are going to be upgraded and those which are due for demotion has … Read more

Château Malescot St Exupéry and the Little Prince

You may be wondering why Château Malescot St. Exupéry sounds familiar – it was the wine that charmed a dangerous burglar (see Ladies With Bottle: Bordeaux Beats the Burglar) in Washington D.C. The robber held up a dinner party at a Capitol Hill, brandishing a gun and threatening to shoot. One party guest offered him a glass of the … Read more

Vinexpo In Hong Kong

Vinexpo Asia Pacific, the International Wine and Spirits Exhibition for the Asia Pacific region, will again be held in Hong Kong on 27, 28 and 29 May. The last Vinexpo in Hong Kong was held in 2006 and was hailed as a resounding success. More than 7,500 visitors are expected and by January the exhibition was … Read more

Château Troplong Mondot

Château Troplong Mondot Troplong Mondot is one of the biggest and most famous. The impressive château dates back to 1745 and was built by the Abbé de Séze and gained the name Troplong from Raymond Troplong, a previous owner, who was a former president of the French Senate. Trolling was a famous jurist and a lover of … Read more

Château Moulin Riche

Château Moulin Riche is the second wine of Château Léoville-Poyferré and was once a 19th century Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel estate in its own right. Second wines made by the great classed growths are well worth investigating as they are often made from the same grapes on the same terroir by the same production methods as the Grand Vin – … Read more