Wine News 24-31 March

Bordeaux en primeur, Easter, Passover . . . You may have a lot on your schedule, but don’t neglect the wine news!

A paper has just been published in the Journal of the American Society for Microbiology suggesting that soil-based bacteria rather than soil type may be responsible for wine styles. Read all about it in the paper itself, or, for a quick non-technical overview, try this article on the Drinks Business.

The backstage rider for Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond is as extravagant and boozy as you’d expect. Take a look at what they insisted on having backstage every time they made a Top Gear appearance.

We only just learned that people are marketing wooden bottles so consumers can increase the oak in wines and hard liquor. I’m not sure this is going on our wishlist, but it’s interesting.

Fiona Beckett gives you 15 great pairings for Easter on her website Matching Food and Wine, from lamb and gammon to hot cross buns and simnel cake.


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