Tina Gellie

Sherry wine and chocolate

Sherry wine and chocolate Chocolate and wine matching is rarely successful due to the (usually) high sugar content of the chocolate and the relative dryness of the wine – a…

Creation Chardonnay

Creation, Chardonnay, Walker Bay 2013 From a winery founded in 2002, with vines planted at 350m on the Hemel-en-Aarde ridge, this is an elegant, cool-climate Chardonnay. It was barrel fermented…

Rustenberg John X Merriman 2012

Rustenberg, John X Merriman, Stellenbosch 2012 Named for Rustenberg’s former owner, this Bordeaux blend (49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot plus Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec) is aged for 20…

Bordeaux dry whites

There were murmurs around the 2014 Bordeaux vintage that it was one of the best ever in recent times for dry whites. This is partly down to a healthy vintage,…

Sancerre is justifiably famous for its Sauvignon Blancs, but it’s high time to pay attention to the reds which, while still small in number, are fast gaining a reputation for…

Jefford, Madeira vineyard

Poor fortified wines. The sweet ones only get dusted off at Christmas and the dry ones even more rarely than that – unless it’s Sherry, in which case there’s been…

  And, ironically, the popularity of Amarone is to blame, he adds. Until the 1990s, Valpolicella was the perfect mid-week, easy-drinking, fresh dry red that was the ideal partner with…

There are not too many New World Chardonnay producers confident enough to submit their wines for a blind tasting against top white Burgundy. But Kumeu River, from Auckland in New…

marlborough

Despite talk about Riesling coming back and ‘trendy’ varieties like Picpoul de Pinet and Fiano taking over from Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay in high street wine bars, Sauvignon Blanc is…

Georgian Qvevri

As increasing numbers of wine producers are making wines in terracotta vessels, Decanter’s associate editor Tina Gellie attended the Feats of Clay tasting held by UK merchant Les Caves de…

As you sip away at your glass of Rioja, do you ever consider the steps that led to your enjoyment of it? Decanter's associate editor, Tina Gellie, recently turned winemaker…