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  • Advice: Keeping Open Bottles

    At Alpine Wines we regularly open more bottles than is reasonable, for example when playing with food pairings, and then we really want to keep the wine in peak condition to finish later. It'd be a shame to waste it. Sometimes we leave wines to sit around after opening to test...
  • MELT SOME CHEESE: RACLETTE AND FONDUE

    First, what are Raclette and Fondue? Cheese Fondue is melted cheese and wine in a pot. People eat straight from the pot, by dipping bread in it and stirring. Keep going until you can't anymore or the pot is empty. Raclette is scraped melted cheese. You put a block of cheese near...
  • Meet Mondeuse Noire

    One of these varieties everyone should have heard of, but so few have. Syrah's grandfather, or perhaps Syrah's half sister, and gloriously Alpine. It should be one of the next big things. You meet that intriguing dark stranger. They might have stepped out from a Brontë novel but one set in...
  • ALPINE WINES AUSTRIAN TOUR: THE MINION’S TALE - PART 1

    It is a far, far better thing to sleep until the sun has risen than to crawl from bed at 3.30am to enable you to catch a flight to Vienna. Sleep aside, however, the end definitely justified the means. Joelle, Robb and the wine-dog, Ziro, had gone on ahead a...
  • RECIPE: CHERVIL SOUP

    Light soups are perfect in Spring when it's nowhere near as warm as we wish it were, but when cooking hearty winter fare would feel too much like defeat. This one is perfect with a Furmint or Sauvignon blanc. You can do the same with any other herb of your choice...
  • We love Schnitzel

    If you follow us on social media, you might have gotten the impression that we have an immoderate love for Schnitzel - it appears a lot on our table. Allow me to correct this wrong impression: we're a lot crazier for Schnitzel than you think! And that's not counting Cordon Bleu, which...
  • I'm not old!

    I fell in love with mature white wines with "old" Rhône whites. "they" often tell you viognier can't age much, but I have had extraordinary wine moments with wines people would tell you don't make sense. So I don't give up on wines - I taste them and if they...
  • LIFE MUST GO ON

    Beautiful Blaufrankisch lives on forever! Birth, taxes and death are the three constants in all our lives and the same applies to wine. We only let the last bottle of a fantastic wine sit awaiting a buyer for so long. Eventually, we decide it's your loss, our gain, and we...
  • AUSTRIAN RED RESERVE TASTING 25 JANUARY 2017

    Now that the March edition of Decanter has been released, we can congratulate those of our winemakers who had wines in the top 40 list for Reserve reds from indigenous grapes. The list gives the scores and the order of the wines and we were intrigued by the wines that made...
  • Cinderella

    Friday January 6th, we're getting ready to send the newsletter out. As is our habit, Friday at the end of the day we open a bottle of a wine (or two) we've had a while, for our own Friday "wine o'clock" revisit. Check it out, update our tasting notes, finish...

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