House Pour: A Real Guide to Amber Wine

Amber, skin-contact, macerated, orange. Where does it all start and where the hell does it end? What kind of response do these wines get on the market today? Who are the legends of the now stand-alone style? All of this and more is answered below, together with 11 wines to back up the in-depth theory. Welcome to House Pour, a guide that breaks down (not so) famous grapes and gets to the bottom of things by drinking (fo’ real). Continue reading “House Pour: A Real Guide to Amber Wine”

House Pour: A Real Guide to Tasmania

The island state of Tasmania is a tiny bundle of fascination for wine lovers. It covers less than 1% of Australia’s vineyards and just 0.1% of this wine is exported. A couple of decades ago, Barossa and McLaren Vale were the main focus of attention, but as palates developed outside the box and people sought out cooler climates, Tazzy got its well-deserved spotlight. The team behind Grape Nomad tasted 10 beautiful samples and brought in an interesting verdict. Welcome to House Pour, a guide that breaks down (not so) famous grapes and gets to the bottom of things by drinking (fo’ real). Continue reading “House Pour: A Real Guide to Tasmania”

House Pour: A Real Guide to ZPC (Zinfandel/Primitivo/Crljenak Kaštelanski)

Primitivo is grown in Italy. Zinfandel is grown in California. Tribidrag is grown in Croatia. So why am I writing about three different grapes in this guide then? Well, here’s the catch – they’re actually all the same grape, with different names. Here’s another catch – nobody knew that until the 21st century. Ha! What a crazy world we’re living in. Welcome to House Pour, a guide that breaks down (not so) famous grapes and gets to the bottom of things by drinking (fo’ real). Continue reading “House Pour: A Real Guide to ZPC (Zinfandel/Primitivo/Crljenak Kaštelanski)”

House Pour: A Real Guide to Falanghina

If you’re not Italian, you’ve probably never tried Falanghina in your life. And I don’t blame you. Why the hell would ya? There’s an ocean of grapes out there and Falanghina isn’t really hitting any top lists. But I’m here to change that, ha! Welcome to House Pour, a guide that breaks down (not so) famous grapes and gets to the bottom of things by drinking (fo’ real). Continue reading “House Pour: A Real Guide to Falanghina”

House Pour: A Real Guide to Australian Shiraz

What a better way to start your grape education than with Australian Shiraz? Sure you can call a bunch of friends over and have them bring obscure bottles of Müller Thurgau or Agiorgitiko, but you’ll just end up confusing the shit out of them and scaring them away. It’s like bringing John Donne to your first poetry club session – yeah, you romanticized about him during your useless four-year English studies, but that doesn’t mean that Dave over there should be shunned for “resting his eyes a bit”. Start out slow and then jump into your occult fantasies a few months in or you’ll have people concluding that their 9-dollar bottle from 7Eleven is not that bad after all. Continue reading “House Pour: A Real Guide to Australian Shiraz”

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