Rowland's Wine Blog

How sweet is my Sparkling Wine?

When you pop the cork on a bottle of Champagne, Prosecco or Cava how sweet can you expect it to be? Learn how much residual sugar ends up in your bottle. Where does Champagen sweetness come from?The sweetness comes from a step in the Champagne making process called “liqueur d’expedition” where a small amount of… Read more »

Malbec and Food

Malbec is a medium to full bodied red wine, and so it needs to be paired with more full-flavoured foods.However, unlike Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec doesn’t have a super long finish or as aggressive tannins, which means it will pair extremely well with leaner red meats, and even lighter cuts like dark meat turkey or roasted… Read more »

Wine Temperature

Wine experts around the world will always advise that wine should be served at the correct temperature. Why does it matter? Serving wines at their correct temperature brings all the elements in the wine in balance. Red and white wines have different chemical compositions that influence their sensory perception and their sensory traits so they… Read more »


Many people enjoy a good wine from the Rioja region of Spain but how many really understand the differences between the various styles? Firstly the wines from the Rioja region are now labeled by its three official zones: Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa, and Rioja Oriental (aka Eastern Rioja – originally called Rioja Baja) In the… Read more »

Life of a Wine Grapevine

A grapevine is an example of a perennial plant.It grows or blooms over the spring and summer, dies back during the autumn and winter months, and then repeats the cycle from its rootstock the following spring. Without human intervention, grapevines will naturally grow into a bushy-tree-like mess of leaves and branches. Pruning and training help… Read more »

White Wine Ageing

Chart showing white wine aging

The white wine ageing chart shows which white grape varieties tend to age the best based on inherent traits. Of course there are always exceptions to the rule!Some white wines have been noted to age well for 30 years or more. However, you will find this chart to be a good starting point to help… Read more »

Red Wine Ageing

Chart showing red wine aging

Some red wines age better than others. There are many reasons for this, but one influencing factor is the grape variety. A wine’s natural traits of acidity and tannin create a sort of pathway that allows it to evolve (and even improve) over time. This is why some varietal wines taste better when they’re a… Read more »