Champagne is an effervescent pleasure, an invitation to celebrate. This sparkling wine enjoys an elevated status in the wine world every where it lands. We raise our glasses together with champagne toasts at weddings and other joyful events, creating connections between people, feelings of warmth and inclusion.
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.