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The grape variety of the day: Black Monukka

A very old variety of table grape. It is believed to be a cross between the khourmany kizil or ichkimar and the sultana. In reality, the name Monukka covers several varieties - not all of which are apyrenic - that are somewhat similar and can be found in Armenia, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Moldavia, Italy, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Iran, South Africa, the United States (California), etc. In France, the black Monukka is practically not cultivated and is mainly of interest to amateur gardeners. - Synonyms: monucca in South Africa and the United States ..., monukka i siah in Afghanistan, black kischmish, kichmiche, kishmish chernyi, russian seedless, sultanina nera in Italy. This is not true because black sultanina does exist but it is very rare (for all the synonyms of the grape varieties, click here!)

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The wine word of the day: Flint (smell of)

Mineral odour reminiscent of flint and flint heated during sharpening.

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Walls: Get to know the 20 lieux-dits of Hermitage

Not so long ago, most Hermitage was a blend of different vineyards from across the hill. However, since the 1990s we’ve seen an increasing range of single-vineyard wines being made. Getting a handle on the most important sites will help guide you to a style you enjoy, and even if you prefer blended wines, becoming familiar with the individual Hermitage lieux-dits will enrich your drinking experience. Scroll down to see Matt Walls’ tasting notes and scores for seven wines from Hermitage lie ...

Alsace’s Domaine Zind-Humbrecht: 2019 releases tasted

It is always reassuring to find flourishing examples of family continuity in French wine estates. At the famous Domaine Zind-Humbrecht in Alsace, Pierre-Emile Humbrecht is the latest to join the family business. In preparation, he studied at the Changins School of Viticulture and Enology in Switzerland and then completed internships at wine estates, beginning with Thérèse Chappaz in that same country for 18 months, followed by a six-month period at Domaine Tissot in the Jura and then nearly eigh ...

Vinexpo Paris to host wine and climate change talk

Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris, running from 14 to 16 February, will host a discussion on climate change as part of series of roundtable ‘wine talks’ at the show. Decanter contributor and international consultant Rupert Joy will moderate the discussion on ‘making wine in a changing climate’, to be held at 2:30pm on Tuesday 15 February, in Hall Six. Members of the panel include: Pau Roca Blaso – director general of the International Organisation of Vine & Wine Jeremy Cukierman MW – dire ...