Category Archives: Grape&Grain

Winter warmers from Sud de France

Looking for a fireside glass this December? Peter Ranscombe explores wines filled with the warmth of the South of France. FEW wine-growing regions ooze sunshine like the South of France; every glass of red feels like it’s bursting with the sun’s warming rays, while each glass of white brings back memories of the lapping wavesContinue Reading

Release your inner wine geek

Examinations aren’t just for people working in the wine trade but can be of benefit to interested consumers too, writes Peter Ranscombe. LET me begin with a confession: I’m a wine geek. I swirl wine round the glass, I stick my nose in for a long sniff, I spend ages trying to decide if theContinue Reading

The Macallan toasts Kyloe’s new Scottish steaks

Edinburgh restaurant Kyloe has switched to stocking only Scottish steak and The Macallan whisky was on hand to toast the move, as Peter Ranscombe reports. NO OTHER drink screams “Scotland” like whisky – with its amber colour and rich flavours of fruit cake, honey, caramel and vanilla, our national drink is the perfect way toContinue Reading

Franciacorta: where passion blends with precision

Peter Ranscombe travels to Italy to learn why Franciacorta isn’t a Champagne copycat or a posh version of Prosecco.   WATCHING Alberto Volpini at work in the kitchen at the Mosnel winery in Northern Italy’s Franciacorta region, it’s clear that making pasta is all about precision. Mixing the right amount of each ingredient, passing theContinue Reading

Yealands defies expectations with New Zealand’s classic varieties

Peter Ranscombe explores the diversity of styles of sauvignon blanc and pinot noir from New Zealand with Yealands’ senior winemaker, Natalie Christensen. Everyone knows New Zealand sauvignon blanc, don’t they? It’s full of gooseberry flavours and paint-stripping acidity, right? If that’s the assumption then it’s time for a rethink. Although the classic Kiwi style certainlyContinue Reading