It’s English Wine Week! We’re not sure how we’ll mark the occasion yet, but if you want to find out what’s going on in your area, the English Wine Producers website has all the details.
You could also catch up on Decanter‘s round-up of their latest English wine news and recommendations, or this article about how Britain shaped some of the world’s most famous wines.
In other news, the Champagne Council has launched a new free e-learning programme. We only had a quick look, but it looks as though you answer four questions to determine what level of programme suits you best, and then proceed. It seems to be intended for phones (unless you just like scrolling down and scrolling down on a computer through pages with GIANT fonts and very little on them … Janet does not.) Give it a try over at the Champagne Campus.
With the return of summer, it’s time to bring out the rosé. You might find these infographics on VinePair fun, from 10 Shades of Rosé to maps charting who in the world drinks the most rosé and how its popularity has grown in the United States.
This week’s wine news is a bit shorter than usual because we’ve been so busy writing our string of articles about wines and foods along the route of this year’s Tour de France, but that really wasn’t the only thing we discussed this week. These stories also stuck in our heads:
“Understanding the History of Wine Through Ancient Texts and Artifacts” on Grape Collective is an interview with Emily Kate (@HistoryofWine), whom you may have seen on YouTube in videos on the history of wine. It’s a great discussion about how a woman interested in the oldest traces of wine and viticulture chose the newest media to bring her discoveries to the public.
Chris Kissack, a.k.a. the Wine Doctor, has made this article on palo cortado free to read on his site. It’s a good discussion of what palo cortado is, how it’s made, and his tasting of a palo cortado sherry from Gonzalez Byass called Leonor.
Hail in French vineyards again, this time in the Minervois. What a dreadful summer it’s been for growers. Article in French.
Radioactive elements have been present in all wines since the first nuclear tests in 1945. Apparently this has potential as a means of identifying the geographical origin of a wine. Still, would you rather not know this? I think we would rather not know this.
This spine-tingling piece on the wines of Madiran by Matt Walls will make you curious, and his suggestions of where you can find good bottles in the U.K. also means you can satisfy that curiosity easily.