Written for Decanter The El Niño weather cycle saw Argentina report its worst pre-harvest grape losses since 1957, with production in 2016 expected to be 27% smaller than 2015 across the country and 39% down in Mendoza. A cool and wet spring set the harvest back by a month. April was a wash out with 400% more rainfall than usual over 15 days complicating harvest … Continue reading El Nino hampers Argentina’s 2016 harvests
Written for Decanter. Sleepless nights, thousands of pounds invested in rare bottles, and zero social life are common elements of preparation for the World’s Best Sommelier Competition. Japanese candidate Hiroshi Ishida spent last month living away from his wife and three children, for his final purgatory of preparation. This year’s competition saw a record 61 candidates enter, and it cost the Argentine Sommelier Association £0.5m … Continue reading And the winner is…
Written for Around the World in 80 Harvests The tiny South American country is synonymous with this plucky variety that was first brought to its shores by Basque settler Pascual Harriague in 1870. Since then it has dominated Uruguay’s wine scene, accounting for up to 50% of plantations at its peak. “Why Tannat?”, you might ask. Put simply, it is one of the most resistant varieties. … Continue reading Is Uruguayan Tannat old hat?
Written for Around the World in 80 Harvests. Brazil’s main wine region, Vale dos Vinhedos, may well be what you least expect from the country known for its tropical beaches, flamboyant carnival and vast Amazon jungle. The landscape of Serra Gaucha, one of the southernmost states in Brazil, consists of hillsides and forest. It is humid, like all of Brazil, but the cloudy and rainy days … Continue reading Guide to Vale dos Vinhedos: Brazil’s unexpected wine region
Written for Great Wine Capitals The best way to experience Mendoza is out in the vineyards overlooking the awesome Andes mountains, and the ultimate spot that combines the life of the vineyards with the remoteness and grandeur of the Andes is the Uco Valley. Since I moved to Mendoza in 2009, I’ve seen wineries and hotels laying roots closer and closer to the Andes each … Continue reading Turn left before the gauchos: Casa de Uco
‘Natural wine’ might be a relatively over-talked subject in the wine circles of London, Paris and New York, but in the distant stretches of Chile the discussion is only just starting – or arguably never stopped. The growing undercurrent of natural wine production is further proof that this skinny country is not just screw top plonk, it is diversified and thrilling. Published in The Drinks … Continue reading Chile’s new wave of natural wine
Twenty years ago, it was hard-won to find a female working in the wine industry in Argentina, let alone a female winemaker. But today women are taking their place in the sector and this year’s Argentina Wine Awards boasted an all-female tasting panel, bringing to light the role that many of the fairer sex now play in the industry. This feature for The Drinks Business … Continue reading Women in Wine: Argentina