Category Archives for Spirits

Winemaking: Maceration Carbonique

This term refers to a process that some winemakers disdain, saying that much wine made in the normal way is made using the process anyway (rather like certain chefs who say that they have always used Cuisine minceur or Nouvelle … Continue reading

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Chateau Latour

Chateau Latour, in the parish of Pauillac, in the Medoc in France, is one of the five 1 st growths and also one of the world’s greatest red wines. It has been famous for many centuries. In 1842 it became … Continue reading

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Hardy Wines

One of the important names in Australian wine history. Thomas Hardy, of Honiton in Devon, arrived in Australia in 1850, first working for John Reynell and then in various ventures. He married his cousin, Joanna Hardy, and bought a property … Continue reading

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Groot Constantia

Constantia is one of the defined wine regions of the Cape in South Africa, but Groot Constantia is the beautiful house dominating a particular wine estate above Cape Town. In 1679, Simon van der Stel, Commander of the Cape Colony, … Continue reading

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How Gin Gets its Name

A spirit that can be made in various ways, but the well-known London dry gin is produced by distilling a fairly pure grain or cane spirit (already distilled) together with certain flavourings, such as juniper, coriander, orris and so on. … Continue reading

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Fouloir egrappoir

The use of this French term seems inevitable, because, although the English translation might be rendered as ‘crusher de-stalker’, this is both clumsy and tends to complicate the understanding of the process. The most usual form of the fouloir egrappoir … Continue reading

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Removal of Wine Stains

Manuals of household practice have all sorts of suggestions for the removal of stains, but I do not think that I have ever noticed them suggest the most obvious way of ‘lifting’ the stain of red wine. It is simply … Continue reading

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Raymond Postgate (1896-1971)

One of the most important figures in mid-20th century wine writing. A classical scholar – his professor father made him speak Greek and Latin at meals and he always made his tasting notes in Greek – he was a man … Continue reading

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Pasteurisation of Wine

This process is named after Louis Pasteur (1822-95) whose work on yeasts in his native Jura established the existence of bacteria: it is a means of sterilising by heat which kills potentially or actually harmful bacteria. However, as with many … Continue reading

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Stoppers and Corks for Wine Bottles

A ‘stopper cork’ is one slightly trimmed or tapered so that it is easily inserted, which possesses a firm, usually plastic, top. Many fortified wines have this type of cork to facilitate service. A plainer type of stopper cork without … Continue reading

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