There has been a fundamental change in the market worldwide over the last ten years, with growing numbers of people beginning to take an interest in wine and continuing dynamic economies and new emerging markets in Brazil, Russia, India and China – the so-called BRIC nations.
On my first visit to the vineyards of Chile I was caught in an earthquake. The Spanish word for earthquake is terrramoto’ and this one was big. On the Richter scale, it measured 8 - one point greater than the recent earthquake in Haiti.
The modern history of Israeli wine can be broken down to three phases. The first was the arrival of Baron Edmond de Rothschild in 1882.
In 2000, Rob Jull of Vinifera, a Burgundy importer in Toronto, gave Tawse a bottle of the Temkin-Paskus 1997 Chardonnay. This iconic wine was produced in miniscule quantities by wine writer Steven Temkin and winemaker Deborah Paskus. The grapes were grown by Steve Kocsis at his Mountain Road Wine Company in Beamsville.
Beer and tequila have always been emblematic of Mexico. But Baja’s wine region is getting respect with high scores from the American wine press and a new breed of winemakers dedicated to premium wine production. Now, if it can just get the government off its back and find water.