In My Wine Rack

My wine rack. Note that it contains only wine, rather than random bottles of vinegar, olive oil, fizzy drink… I am quite proud of this.

While popping away the wine from my weekly shop recently I noticed that my very modest six-space wine rack was, for the very first time, completely full of bottles of wine. On closer examination I was rather pleased to realise that I had what I think passes as a well-balanced selection. Continue reading “In My Wine Rack”

Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC)

aoc-labelI haven’t said anything about wine in a while, so just in case you thought I was on the wagon (yeah, nah), here’s a post about why New Zealand champagne isn’t champagne.

It all comes back to the giant of global winemaking, France. In the early twentieth century the French government began laying the legislative groundwork for what would officially become, by the middle of the century, the Appellation d’origine contrôlée, the ‘Controlled Designation of Origin.’ Here in the New World we identify our wines by the grape varietal or varietals used to make it, which is why most of my wine-related posts concentrate on profiling the varietal wines most commonly found in New Zealand. Back in the Old World (i.e. Europe) wine is identified by its place of origin. Continue reading “Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC)”

A Special Drop: Moët & Chandon Imperial

Suffice it to say, I don’t exactly have a champagne budget, but this New Year’s Eve I decided to splash out and treat myself to my first taste of real champagne (my dad swears I have tasted champagne before as a child in England, but 1. I don’t remember it, and 2. he says I didn’t like it, probably because as a kid I had a very sweet tooth – for which I am still paying a steep dental price – and champagne is a dry wine).


I’m keeping the bottle. And the box.

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