Profile: Robin Goldsmith

From The Alcohol Professor

British freelance food and drink writer with a WSET Advanced Certificate in Wines & Spirits and is a member of CAMRA (The UK Campaign for Real Ale). Robin reviews food and drink products for companies and regularly writes reports on trade events, such as wine tastings or food and drink shows. Also, he has written detailed commercial reports for trade publications and his articles have been published on respected industry websites, such as the drinks business, Speciality Food Magazine and hostelbookers.

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Wine To Drink Now: New Zealand Whites!

If you're looking for delicious white wines for summer, check out these from way down in New Zealand!
All images provided by Hatch Mansfield.

Category: Wine

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Virginia: The Wine Region To Watch!

If you haven't heard much about wine from Virginia, prepare to be impressed. Virginia is the fifth largest grape producing state in the US, and is known for its production of high quality wines in relatively limited quantities.

Category: Wine

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Gin And Tonic, Or Tonic And Gin?

Inside City of London Distillery Gin, which happens to go quite well with Franklin & Sons craft mixers.

Category: Cocktails

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Who Leads Italy’s Craft Beer Movement?

Visiting a land steeped in vinous tradition, but now waving its flag in another direction.

Category: Craft Beer

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Bordeaux Blanc: More On The Retro Cool Wine

"...a more subtle, more food friendly source of Sauvignon Blanc.”
Earlier this year, I wrote an article here in this app about Bordeaux Blanc. As we move into the height of summer, it’s time to revisit this wine style and to chill out with a glass of retro cool!

Category: Wine

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Wine Amongst The Lemons

A visit to the picturesque Castello d’Albola winery in Tuscany.
What could be a more quintessential Mediterranean scene than two small lemon trees, planted in terracotta pots on a stone patio, overlooking vineyards kissed by the golden rays of welcoming sunshine? Add to that a melodic, tranquil chorus of birdsong and the sound of bees buzzing around the colourful flower baskets, encroaching on the peaceful aura of an otherwise noiseless late afternoon. This was the backdrop to my arrival on 5th May at Villa Marangole on the grounds of Casa Vinicola Zonin’s flagship wine estate of Castello d’Albola, located in Radda in Chianti, one of the coolest sub-regions of the Chianti Classico zone.

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Chile: Wine From A Land Of Change

Chile is a unique country, reflected by its distinctive shape and topography. Very long (almost 2,700 miles) and unusually narrow (only 112 miles wide on average), the country is bordered on the west by the Pacific Ocean and on the east by the Andes mountain range. At the southern end are the Patagonian glaciers, its northern border contains the world’s driest desert, the Atacama and in the centre lies a diverse landscape including lakes, rivers, forests and volcanoes. Together with the country’s Mediterranean-style climate, all of this creates a hugely varied terroir well-suited to viticulture.

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Chianti Classico & New Top Levels of Italian Wine

In 1716, Cosimo III, Grand Duke of Tuscany officially delimited the ‘Chianti’ production zone.
In 1924, winemakers of the original Chianti created a Consortium, symbolised by the military Black Rooster Trademark, to protect the style, quality and name/reputation of their wines. Eight years later, a decree was issued allowing the addition of the suffix ‘Classico’ to distinguish those wines made within the original production zone.

In 2013, a major development was undertaken, with a new top quality level agreed by the Consorzio Vino Chianti Classico. Here are the details on the Gran Selezione, Riserva and Annata classifications.

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Bordeaux Blanc: The Retro Cool Wine!

Every wine lover will be familiar with Bordeaux. This famous dark red wine from the South West of France, produced in an area centered around the Gironde Estuary and rivers Garonne and Dordogne, is at its best capable of highly complex and elegant aromas and flavours befitting the finest of wines.
The renowned sweet wines of Sauternes and Barsac also hail from this part of the country, but did you know that about 10% of Bordeaux wine is dry white, of which 50% is sold within France and the rest is exported overseas?

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Sharpham Vineyard: More Than Just Wine!

The beauty of wine is not just in the glass, but also in the land whence it comes. While the increasing reputation of English wine continues to generate interest, UK vineyard tourism, spurred on by this phenomenon, is also on the rise. There is growing demand for home-grown produce and, while the sun-kissed beaches and city highlights of Europe and beyond will always remain attractive holiday destinations, Britain’s ‘staycationers’ who are visiting English vineyards in increasing numbers, are doing their bit to boost the national economy, while enjoying the local food and drink options.

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Sweet is Cool... Even in England

It doesn’t seem so long ago that many people wouldn’t throw a second glance at a bottle of sweeter wine, associating it with poor quality efforts popular in the 1970s. Mais plus ça change! Sweet wines are making a comeback and it’s younger drinkers who are embracing these more and more. Sweeter Rieslings and low-alcohol fizzy Moscatos are pushing the trend button and dry or even bone dry are no longer ‘de rigueur’.
One style that is becoming much better known among discerning drinkers is ‘Eiswein’ or ‘ice wine’. North Star, produced at Eglantine Vineyard, Nottinghamshire has an illustrious record. Learn why here!

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English Wine: Force for the Future

The English wine industry is going from strength to strength. Regularly winning prestigious international awards, wines from a country previously regarded as unsuitable for grape-growing, are gaining a worldwide reputation for quality. Learn more about this under-discovered wine region!

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World Cup Sipping: The Wines of Brazil

Chances are that wherever you may be, you’ll be drinking your normal tipple, be it lager, real ale, craft beer, spirits, wine, water, Caipirinha, orange juice, or whatever. However, for those of us not living in South America, Brazilian wine may be a completely novel concept. How many people know that there is such a thing?

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A Syrah for Summer

The Languedoc-Roussillon, in the South of France, is the largest vineyard area in the world, comprising over 280,000 hectares. Within this land, Pays d’Oc IGP wines (IGP signifies Protected Geographical Indication), produced in four regions bordering the Mediterranean Sea, offer distinctive tastes of tradition, quality and “terroir” with a modern outlook. Join us for a taste of this fantastic region!

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Wines to Pair With Spicy Food

Room-temperature red wine with meat and chilled white wine with fish. That’s all there is to food and wine matching, n’est-ce pas? Well, errm, no actually – there’s a little bit more to it, which even includes some science! Learn more and look like a pro!

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French and Italian Wine Smackdown!

Tiramisu or tarte tatin, Sophia Loren or Gérard Depardieu, Michelangelo or Rodin, Gianni Rivera or Michel Platini, Armani or Dior…? France and Italy are responsible for some of the most iconic names in food, art, sport and fashion. But wait, there’s a clash ahead and the two rivals need a winner! It’s David vs Goliath. So hop on your Vespa, or sidle into your 2CV and join in the contest with no let-up, right up until the post-lunch cappuccino or café au lait!

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Australian Wine: History and Tasting

Australia has been a major game player within the wine industry for several years now and in 2013 was the fourth largest exporter of wine by volume in the world. Its biggest export markets remain the UK and the US, while interest from Asia is growing. Do the wines swirl counterclockwise? Find out here!

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Introduction to German Wine

Germany is one of the world’s most northerly wine-producing nations, with a continental climate of warm summers and cold winters. The main grape is Riesling, and Germany is respected for producing some of the finest white wine available anywhere. Moreover, in recent years, red wine production has increased and gained much attention from international buyers, especially wines made from Spätburgunder, aka Pinot Noir.

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Beer and Cider in the Isle of Man

While researching history on the Isle of Man, I took the opportunity to “research” some of the wonderful food and drink available. The Falcon’s Nest Hotel in Port Erin, a village in the south of the island, is a Victorian resort with a beautiful secluded bay and sandy beach offered the perfect backdrop to enjoy some national and local brews. Join me on this refreshing journey!

Category: Craft Beer

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Vinho Verde: Summer Joy!

The weather is getting warmer, t-shirts have been dug out from under the winter layers and the summer will soon be upon us. So it’s time to start thinking about some fresh, light and crisp wines to suit the sunshine mood and what better than Vinho Verde, the iconic wine of Northern Portugal? Now I fully understand that some wine drinkers might be choking on their glass of Château GreatExpectations 2013, while reading this introduction. But don’t turn away....!

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Classy Chardonnay from South of France

The vineyards of the Languedoc-Roussillon, in southern France, benefit from a range of climates and soil types, enjoying mountain, coast and river terrains beneath a mix of hot Mediterranean sunshine and violent winds, rain and thunder from the Cevenol storms. It is this harsh natural environment that shapes winemaking philosophy in the region and which can be exploited successfully by visionary winemakers, like Laurent Delaunay and Nerida Abbott.

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Shouting About English Champagne

I have often encountered people, desperate to hold on to beliefs which go against the grain of all evidence, as if their whole world would collapse around them, if they opened their eyes a little wider. One area which also fits neatly into this opinion-dividing and prejudiced mentality is English wine. However, negative attitudes are gradually being challenged with great success, as English wine continues to gain awards and recognition worldwide.
Give it a go!

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A Primer on Cognac

Cognac may be quintessentially French, but it is inexorably linked to UK, Irish and Dutch traders, particularly during the 18th century. Many of its famous names can trace their roots to the British Isles – Richard Hennessy from Ireland, Thomas Hine from Dorset, Jean Martell from Jersey, to name just three. Find out that Cognac label tells you, and also some of the changes in the Cognac industry in the last 30 years. Tasting and pairing recommendations included!

Category: Cocktails

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