Here is an easy way to choose a good French wine from the wine bottle label at PumpjackPiddlewick

When it comes to buying wine, being confronted with a sea of wine bottle labels in a shop can be daunting. If not incredibly confusing. Do you go for a classic looking label? (Implying it is a better wine?) Minimalist style or busy with information? There are far too manyContinue Reading

Want to be able to afford good wine - Start a Wine Cellar

How can one afford, let alone drink good wine year-round unless you are rich? That’s easy, start a wine cellar.  Anyone can do it, it’s easy. And it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. But what is a Wine Cellar? A wine cellar is, simplistically, a placeContinue Reading

More wine 101 - learning what a wine negociant is at PumpjackPiddlewick

I make no secret that Pumpjack is my very own, personal wine maker. Am I lucky, or what?  I’ve detailed our adventures in finding a vineyard after moving here to France in our Whatnots about Our Wine. I have also outlined (monthly) what’s involved in working a vineyard (read backContinue Reading

Do Wine Glass Shapes Matter_(Wine 103) with Pumpjack & Piddlewick

I am going to tell you a story about wine glass shapes. It’s a true story. In fact, it’s a personal experience story. The day, well, actually night, that I experienced an epiphany moment. Okay, maybe slight exaggeration, but my eyes were opened. Wine Tasting My better half (Pumpjack) wasContinue Reading

What does Terroir mean? Let's find out at PumpjackPiddlewick

We had a tasty Chablis last night with dinner. It got me to thinking how the wine is called ‘Chablis’ and not ‘Chardonnay’. You see, all the grapes growing around Chablis are Chardonnay. So go figure. In most countries we would say ‘Californian Chardonnay’ or ‘Australian Chardonnay’. Before I livedContinue Reading