Story of Wine
The history of wine is a long one, and it takes a writer of Hugh Johnson’s stature to bring it to life. The Story of Wine is now available in a re-issued an updated version, plus a view on the changes in the global wine world over the past 30 years.
A wine bar in Paris. Yes! But then different. “Le Bon JAJA” at Chai Parisien seduces friends and wine lovers alike. It is the Paris we love.
With its 1,000 year history, the Koshu grape is Japan’s oldest variety. Koshu wine matches perfectly with Japanese cuisine Koshu tends to heighten the its natural flavours.
There must be in everyone a love for Spanish Cava. Winejus tasted Huguet Gran Reserva Brut Nature 2009 starring the Parellada grape.
Starlicious Rond de Tafel or around the table is a new, temporary fine-dining concept at the Gashouder Amsterdam. From July 1 to August 31, 2020, five Michelin star chefs are preparing their signature dishes in the ‘Gashouder’.
The art of tasting
Tasting is an experience for all of the senses. Learning to appreciate wine opens your mind to a multidimensional world where colour, aroma and taste play with each other. Taste is always perceptible but never quite the same. It is this multifaceted expression that makes wine so irresistible.
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Before Bernard Magrez started to do offer luxury overnight stays and gourmet meals regurarly, we visited the legendary Château Pape Clément in Pessac, south of Bordeaux on a windy afternoon in July for a tasting visit and lunch. The first thing I realised was that Château Pape Clément is one of the oldest Grands Crus of Bordeaux. The first known harvest goes as far back as 1252. Some fifty years later the Archbishop of Bordeaux, Bertrand de Got became Pope in 1305 under the name of Clement V. Named ever since after its most famous owner, Château Pape Clément is surrounded by rows of vines, 1,000-year-old olive trees, and a greenhouse designed by Gustave Eiffel. Yet, in my eyes the wines take center stage.
Photos create visual journals of the wine world and its people. They are an abstraction from real life, yet the images look real. They recall and document foregone situations. That’s why they are a unique source of reflection & remembrance. View my growing collection of photographs from wine cellars to portraits to vinescapes.
Setting the bar for quality
The learning curve while tasting and traveling your way through the world of wine can be either steep or mellow. Yet, in our eye’s quality defines the art of drinking well. Similar to travel, good wines force us to listen to their story, and to the story of the people who made them. Besides, good wines facilitate the art of conviviality. They enable us to drink well but little with all-embracing pleasure.
The red, ochre and yellow ancestral terroirs of Sicily gave Cos winery something so special that they decided to handle the grapes naturally. Cos lets the grapes ferment spontaneously on the skins -using indigenous yeasts- in terracotta amphorae buried in the ground. The clay of the of 440 litres amphorae is porous like oak but the advantage with clay is that it gives no taste or flavour to the wine, while the wine still breathes.
Châteauneuf-du-Pape, awarded a "Remarkable Site for Taste" by the French government, is bordered by the Rhône River. Its famous vineyards with large and small pebbles are found in a landscape of slopes and plateaus.
An important part of the travel experience are travel stories. An beautiful image may work as a snapshot, but in the eyes of many not always convey a true impression of a travel experience. We hope our stories have a quiet power to evoke a place and time, are a reminder of the way travel can open the mind and the heart.
Some will tell us that we are mad travellers, we don’t care. We just hope you’ll gently absorb the essence of the Winejus experience, that our stories and insights create a resonance, give you ideas or something to long for.