Wine Books Worth Reading

The rise of natural wines over the last five years has provoked one of the most contentious and useful debates in recent wine history. Though it is a fringe movement, with little organization or no goal other than producing and enjoying its own wines with as little winemaking intervention as […]

It’s nature vs nurture

Natural wine is one of the hottest trends in winegeekworld, and one of the most polarising. Natural wines are fermented with as little intervention as possible. Nothing added, nothing taken away. No packets of yeast, no enzymes, no filtration, ideally not even any sulphur. The Australian, 17 December 2011 read […]

Wine: how green is your glass?

Wine is defined as an alcoholic drink made from fermented grape juice. Today, in order to keep up with demand, synthetic chemicals such as pesticides and herbicides are added. These chemicals can leach into the soil, stripping it of life and nutrients. Excessive use often causes runoff and pollution and […]

Beware: laxative chemical to be used in winemaking!

So disappointing to read an article saying that “Winemakers will begin using a chemical additive that is also used in toothpaste and laxatives, after the Food Standards agency ruled it safe. The Australian reports that the Winemakers Federation of Australia has won approval to use sodium carboxymethyl cellulose — commonly […]