Grape Nomad’s Top 10 Cellar Picks of 2017

It’s that time of the year again, time to recap my favourite wines of 2017, a year that had a huge personal impact on me. It flew by so quickly that I don’t even remember which events significantly influenced the world (except for Kim Jong-un’s missile craziness and Trump’s rants to that). What I do remember is that I tasted some D-O-P-E wines that would make it in the top 10 life-changing list easily. Unlike the 2016 cellar picks, this year was a lot more diverse and tightly knitted to exciting stuff that happened to me along the way. As a side-note, these are not bottles necessarily released during the year, nor are the scores something you have to blindly follow. I urge you to explore, be open and enjoy whatever gems you find from these top 10 picks. Continue reading “Grape Nomad’s Top 10 Cellar Picks of 2017”

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Top 10 Food & Wine Pairings of the Week

August is slowly creeping up with its reminder that summer is almost over and that it’s time to step up your BBQ game to impress your friends before it’s too late. These days, Instagram is on fire with everything grilled – meat, fruit, fish – complemented by fresh salads and delicious cheese combos. Here are the most interesting pairings of this week. Post a photo on Instagram with the #grapenomad hashtag and get published on our site! Continue reading “Top 10 Food & Wine Pairings of the Week”

Grape Nomad’s Top 10 Cellar Picks of 2016

When reviewing 2016, I can’t help but think only one thing – what a shitty year for the world. Alan Rickman, David Bowie and Leonard Cohen died, Donald Trump became president of the US, refugee crises overflowed the news, people still think that sweet wines are cheap rubbish that should solely be paired with poor life decisions. Oh well, at least true wine lovers have been drinking some nice stuff to drown their sorrows and enter 2017 in style, like Kanye West did at the MTV Awards a few years back. But before you go anywhere and start analyzing the trends of next year (which you probably won’t follow), allow me to introduce you to the first Grape Nomad annual recap! Here, you’ll read about MY highest rated wines of 2016, wines that have blown me away with their sexiness and helped me rethink the complexity of this business. Because I decided to discover Italy in detail this year, you’ll see that their wines are pretty dominant in the selection. As a side-note, these are not bottles necessarily released during the year, nor are the scores something you have to blindly follow. I urge you to explore, be open and enjoy whatever gems you find from these top 10 picks. Continue reading “Grape Nomad’s Top 10 Cellar Picks of 2016”

Wine Blown: Château de l’Auche Brut Cuvée du Chapitre NV

This is why I immensely adore Champagne, even though I don’t drink it on an everyday basis. Why? Well, first, I’m not Bill Gates’ long forgotten grandchild, and secondly, I love the surprise these wines give every time I taste them. While reading my impression of this bottle, you’ll come across two terms that are not so popular in the world of still wines – brut and NV. To make things simple, brut indicates the level of sweetness and literally means ‘dry’ (contains no more than 12 g/L of residual sugar). NV translates into ‘non-vintage’ which tells you that a Champagne, or any other sparkling wine, is a blend of different vintages (years). Winemakers do this in order to draw out the best quality of all the selected years and bring you a top-notch product. Continue reading “Wine Blown: Château de l’Auche Brut Cuvée du Chapitre NV”