Admire the “Pirraminna” from McLaren Vale with Eight Carat Sparkling Shiraz NV

pirramimma 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World by Wine PleasuresThe Pirramimma Winery was founded by Alexander Campbell Johnston in 1892 with the purchase of 97 hectares of farmland near the small Mediterranean-like village of McLaren Vale, nestled in the heart of the Adelaide hills in South Australia. The name Pirraminna which was chosen by the Johnston family to christen the newly purchased property over 100 years ago is an ancient Aborigine phrase which translates to ‘the moon and the stars’.

Since its establishment, Pirramimma Winery has been owned and operated by the Johnston family and is now in the capable hands of Geoff Johnston, grandson of the founder Alexander. Geoff now personally overseas all of the operations and winemaking, using his experience gained studying in both Australia and France. He is widely recognized for producing the first single varietal Petit Verdot in Australia. This began as a small trial area planted in 1983 and was researched for eleven years until 1994 when the first vintage was released. The Petit Verdot vineyard is now the largest in Australia with the well known and awarded variety covering over ten hectares of mature vines. 

pirramimma 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World by Wine PleasuresFor over 100 years the Johnston family has remained true to the Pirramimma philosophy; to produce wines from grapes grown on their own land to ensure the highest quality and standard are met and that the wines produced reflect the individual and unique regional characteristics of McLaren Vale. The production of premium red varieties account for over sixty percent of the vineyards, with Chardonnay being the primary single white grape planted.  However, an important aspect of the Pirramimma winery is that all processing and maturing of the grapes is completed on-site under the watchful eye of Geoff Johnston. This has been assisted in recent times by the recent construction of a 3100-square-metre naturally-cooled rammed earth facility for barrel storage. Here, Pirramimma’s wines may age under the best natural conditions, ensuring that the production of premium quality and affordable wines continues.

The Johnsons’ small family business has now bloomed into an internationally-recognised winery, boasting 250 hectares, of which 180 are covered with vineyards. With a production that not only includes eleven varieties of estate grown fruit, but also ancient and exotic fortified wines, Pirramimma has indeed continued to ascend to new heights as the years have passed.

pirramimma 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World by Wine PleasuresThe Pirramimma Winery is open seven days a week and encourages cellar door sales and visits year-round to enjoy the wine tasting on offer and the picturesque estate.

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Eight Carat Sparkling Shiraz NV (Gold medal with 95 pts)

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Istenič Stara Vas na Bizeljsko Slovenia Great Sparkling Wines

The Istenič brand was born in Stara Vas, a small settlement in eastern Slovenia near the Croatian border, and over the years has garnered attention for the wine region Stara Vas na Bizeljsko, not only from wine lovers in Slovenia but around the world as well.

Istenič 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World 2016In the year 1968 the Istenič family bought 0.1 hectares of vineyard, and created their very first sparkling wine in the traditional method.  The sparkling wine was named “Barbara”, for their daughter, who was born in that same year.  This was the first privately produced sparkling wine in all of Slovenia.  Janez Istenič, the head of the family, began producing wines as the very first private producer of sparkling wines in Slovenia.  This was a groundbreaking event for wine making in Slovenia, as before this time all wine producers were large and socially owned.

In the 1990s, the Istenič family began to expand their winemaking endeavors.  They built a winery in beautiful Piršenbreg in 1995, which was nestled among 3 hectares of young vineyard.  In these vineyards Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris are planted.

Istenič 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World 2016Then in late 2006 the family bought 3 more hectares of vineyard in Drenovec, an area considered to be the best site for cultivating grape vines in Bizeljsko.  In this vineyard the white varieties Laški Rizling (Also known as Welschriesling) and Šipon (Also known as Furmint, a grape that originates in Hungary) thrive in wonderful conditions for grape growing.  This property in Drenovec there was an old winery in the very center of the vineyards, and in the year that followed the Istenič family completely renovated this winery.

The landscape in Stara Vas na Bizeljsko is tranquil and idyllic, rolling hills on all sides with vineyards soaking up the sun for many hours each day.  The terroir here is special, containing high levels of silicates that are rarely found elsewhere, and are an important source of nutrients for the vines.  The hills on which the vineyards lie sit at an altitude of between 170 and 350 metres above sea level.  The climate here gives excellent potential to the cultivation of grapes for white wines.  The days are sunny, especially during ripening season, and the nights are cool.  This allows the sugars grapes to reach ideal levels of acidity and sugars.

Istenič 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World 2016Istenič produces 200,000 bottles per year of sparkling wine, and is one of the leading houses in Slovenia.  Istenič is a multi award winning winery that combines traditional winemaking with modern cellaring technology and a powerful commitment to producing top quality sparkling wines.

Istenič 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World 2016For wine tourists traveling through Slovenia, the Villa Istenič is a breathtakingly beautiful manor, painted with pristine white and lemon yellow, with foundations laid in 1740.  Rooms and suites may be rented for wine tourism.  It is situated the entrance to the Bizeljsko wine region, on top of a hill with wineries on all sides.  Guests will of course receive a bottle of chilled sparkling wine, and may relax and enjoy all that this exceptional wine region of Slovenia has to offer.

Istenič have the following sparkling wines amongst the 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World 2016>>

Nº 1 Cuvée Speciale (Silver medal 91 pts)
Prestige Brut (Silver medal 90 pts)
Gourmet Rosé 2006 Magnum (Silver medal 90 pts)

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Fratelli Agnes, Rovescola since 1912. Exceptional Frizzantes


The family operating the Azienda Agricola Fratelli Agnes, an Italian winery with beautiful vineyards located in Rovescala, Lombardia, creates truly exceptional Frizzante sparkling wines.  This is most certainly due in part to profoundly deep roots in traditional wine making.  Grapes have been cultivated and wine produced in Rovescala for over 800 years!

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A notarized historical document exists, dated all the way back to March 22, 1192, stating that three Lombardi feudal lords, noble creditors, required repayment from Anselmo, the Count of Rovescala.  Rather than demanding the money back, they requested 2,000 litres of fine wine and an escort of armed men to protect the load on the journey back to Milan.  They requested, “de puro vino suarum vinearum de Rovescalla, de meliori quod habuerit super locum” (pure wine of the vineyards of Rovescala, a place that has the best).  The document is currently held in safekeeping at the State Archives of Milan.  Archaeological finds also attest to the age old winemaking tradition of the region, some dating back to Roman times, including fragments of beautiful relics used for serving wine.

The municipality of Rovescala is nestled amongst thriving vineyards in the region of Oltrepò Pavese.  This area lies in the province of Pavia, in Lombardia.  Located in the northwest region of Italy, Lombardia is frequently referred to as the “Tuscany of the North”, due to the abundance of remarkable and authentic Italian wines.  The Oltrepò Pavese in particular has a wealth of vineyards, medieval villages and castles, panoramic views and authentic Italian cuisine and wine.  This region is the largest producer of wines in Lombardia, and one of the largest in all of Italy, especially of wines made with Pinot Nero grapes.

It is in this rich, historic region that the Azienda Agricola Fratelli Agnes may be found.  The family also has very deep roots in the tradition of winemaking, and began cultivating grapes and producing fine wines in 1912.

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The prestigious winery of Azienda Agricola Fratelli Agnes produces 120,000 bottles of wine each year.  They craft their wines using grapes grown exclusively in their own 20 hectares of vineyard.  The harvest is done manually.  They cultivate Bonardo Pignolo di Rovescala and Croatina, red grape varietals that are local to the Oltrepò Pavese region as well as, to a lesser extent, some other areas of Lombardia.  Vines are planted in plots, and grapes are collected and crushed separately according to type in order to maintain as much of their unique characteristics as possible.

The wines of Azienda Agricola Fratelli Agnes continue to win awards in Italy and around the globe, which further inspires the family to create even finer wines.  To this end, they have recovered and reintroduced old vines of grape varietals that, over time, have been abandoned or forgotten.  One such example is the Bonarda Pignolo, with which they create wines that possess certain flavours unique to this grape.

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Today, the brothers Christian and Sergio Agnes operate the Azienda Agricola Fratelli cresta del ghiffi bottiglia mdAgnes.  With the wealth of knowledge that has been passed down to them from generation to generation, and by respecting time-honoured traditions, they perpetuate the production of superb wines, which capture the spirit of their land.

Fratelli Agnes have the following sparkling wines amongst the 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World 2016>>

Vigna della Composta 2013 (Silver medal with 93 pts)
Cresta del Ghiffi 2017 (Silver medal with 91 pts)

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Gold for Fiore del Vento by Fattoria Eolia

In the Euganei Hills in the province of Padua, the Fattoria Eolia vineyard lies, overlooking the town of Rovolon. Wine production first began at Fattoria Eolia in 1984, however in 2009 Giovanni Zini took over the farm, and decided to start from scratch – recreating the property into what it is day.

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The thirteen hectares of vines span over two estates; Terrebianche in Luvigliano di Torreglia and Località Spinazzola in Rovolon, which is also home to the winery. The winery has been recreated by Giovanni Zini with a focus on investment in structures and production technology resulting in the most modern technologies for wine-making.  Further developments include a partly underground barrel cellar along with a wine tasting room with beautiful panoramic views over the surrounding vineyards. A holiday cottage is also available within the vineyard, with a guided wine tasting at Fattori Eoelia included for those who stay.

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Terrebianche Estate is where the four hectares of Fior d´Arancio grape variety is grown to produce the Fiore del Vento Moscato. The vineyard is also home to twenty bee hives which are nestled among the vines and provide exceptionally high quality honey.

For each wine that is produced at Fattoria Eolia, a character of rural tradition has been chosen to appear on each label: The labels have been expertly hand drawn by illustrator Marta Farina from Belluno, a small village in the north-eastern Italian Alps. The decision for Marta and Giovanni to collaborate was the result of a chance meeting; however the results provide a fairy tale uniqueness to each bottle of Fattoria Eolia wine.

Fiore del vento amongst the 50 Great Sparkling wines of the world 2016The illustration that has been chosen to appear on the Fiore del Vento label is the nymph Climene. According to Classical mythology, Climene and Apollo had a son, known as Fetonte. As a young boy, Fetonte was given the Sun waggon by his father, however after drifting through the sky ended up falling upon the Colli Euganei. The grapes for the Fior del Vento are grown in this area which is highly celebrated for growing this vine variety.

Fattoria Eolia has the following sparkling wines amongst the 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World 2016>>

Fiore del Vento 2014 (Gold medal with 94 pts)

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Franciacorta’s Corte Aura Fizz in 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World

Corte Aura Franciacorta 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World The Corte Aura winery creates outstanding sparkling wines of the Franciacorta region. Franciacorta is a small wine-producing area in Lombardy, northern Italy. It is famous for its high-quality sparkling wines, which are made very much in the image of Champagne. The Franciacorta wine region is located in the Brescia province, in the hills immediately south east of the foot of Lake Iseo.  Corte Aura is located in the area of Adro in the province of Brescia. The commune of Adro lies at the feet of Monte Alto, about 6km from Lake Iseo in the south western area of Brescia. Monte Aldo protects the vines from wind and fog and enables the creation of a perfectly temperate climate for the cultivation of grapes. The small village of Adro has been considered an ideal place for the cultivation of for thousands of years. This is also confirmed by the emblem of the town on which is depicted 3 bunches of grapes.

Federico Fossati, the “Soul of Corte Aura”, was born in 1978.  He came from the Veneto to the region of Lombardia with the determination to produce a Franciacorta of exceptional quality and to reap the benefits from the land, bringing together the particular characteristics and the typicality of the soil to achieve a high standard of wine. Motivated by this desire, Federico Fossati left behind a career in accounting to dedicate himself completely to the fulfillment of his winemaking dream and saw his future in Adro, Franciacorta.

Corte Aura Franciacorta 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the WorldFederico believes that producing wines of fantastic quality is the key to success in creating a product able to withstand the test of time. Even without coming from a wine making background himself, he is inspired by the passion of doing and took a risk with the Corte Aura project, investing all of his resources in the leadership and marketing of his wines.

The grapes used in these delicate sparkling wines are Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, in varying amounts depending on the type.

Although relatively unknown in global terms, Franciacorta is widely regarded as Italy’s finest sparkling wine.  Like Cava and Champagne, Franciacorta is made in the traditional method where the second fermentation takes place in the same bottle as the wine is sold to consumers.

There are different types of Franciacorta based on the length of time the sparkling wine ages. The Franciacorta nonvintage is aged for 18 months whereas the Corte Aura Franciacorta 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World SatènFranciacorta Satèn sees 24 months of aging. The Franciacorta Rosé is aged for 30 months and the longest aging goes to the Franciacorta Riserva that has to age for 60 months. These are just minimum aging times.

Corte Aura has the following sparkling wines amongst the 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World 2016>>

  • Franciacorta Satèn 2009 (Gold medal with 96 points)
  • Franciacorta Rosé 2011 (Gold medal with 95 points)
  • Franciacorta Pas Dosè2008 (Silver medal with 93 points)
  • Franciacorta Brut 2010 (Silver medal with 91 points)

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Champagne Collet: Sparkling ever since Champagne Wars

Raoul Collet, the father of Champagne COLLET, was born into a family of wine makers in the year 1896, and was a witness to the Champagne wars of 1911.  The origins of Champagne COLLET go back all the way to the Champagne Revolution of the same year.  He was born in the municipality of Ay, in the Grande Vallee de la Marne region famous for Champagne.  These regions were rife with fraudulent champagnes and unregulated practices for profit.  Producers were mixing grapes coming in from other growing regions and marking these wines as Champagne, which would be absolutely unthinkable today.

A small group of wine growers banded together in a firm to protect their terroir and the quality of Champagnes being produced, as well as keeping age old traditional practices alive.  The revolting wine growers pushed until they had successfully enacted a law that defined geographical limits and production methods of the Champagne winegrowing area.  After the Champagne Revolution, Raoul Collet became a wine merchant in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ.  Then in 1921, the movement of this small group of wine growers and makers gave rise to the brand Champagne COLLET, naming Raoul Collet it’s founder.

Their history goes back over 100 years, and in this time only five presidents have been at the head of the firm.  In this way, they have maintained a commitment to their values with an uncompromised dedication.

Champagne COLLET is the oldest established wine making cooperative in Champagne.  Currently 607 faithful wine growers contribute to COLLET’s Champagnes, sharing with one another common roots and pride in this brand. Their collective efforts go towards cultivating and processing grapes from over 650 hectares of extremely high quality vineyards.  Together they produce superior and luxurious Champagnes.

Caves Champagne ColletThe terroir in these vineyards imparts beautiful and subtle characteristics to the vines that have been carefully tended to for years.  House experts blend the wines and are able to continue the legacy of Champagne COLLET by maintaining special aromatic characteristics over the years, which are a signature of their champagnes.  Afterwards, the bottles are passed to the extremely skilled hand riddlers, and set to rest in the underground cellars that spread out for kilometers underneath the village!  There they allow bottles to mature so that the Champagnes may develop the unique tones that come with aging, deepening the character of the Champagne.

Champagne Collet Esprit Couture 50 Great Sparkling Wine of the WoldTheir range is extensive, including classic Brut Champagnes as well as rosé, demi-sec, rare vintages and their most premium Champagne, the Esprit couture.  The Esprit couture is produced in very limited quantities, and acts as a celebration of Raoul Collet as well as the traditions that are the backbone of this brand.  This elegant Champagne is made entirely by hand and perfectly captures the style and philosophy behind Champagne COLLET.  The wine producers of Champagne COLLET are accomplished craftsmen, whose sole aim is to create the most authentic Champagne.

Champagne Collet has the following Champagnes amongst the 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World 2016>>

  • Champagne Collet Esprit Couture (Gold medal with 98 points)
  • Champagne Collet Colletion Privée Vintage 2006 (Gold medal with 98 points)
  • Champagne Collet Millésime 2004 (Gold medal with 96 points)

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Caves São João Fundadas em 1920

Caves São João 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World 2016 by Wine PleasuresCaves São João is a well know name in the Portuguese wine industry as it is one of the oldest wine trading companies in the country. The small family owned wine company was originally established by three brothers, José, Manuel and Albano Costa in 1920. Amazingly the company still remains in the family, with two of the grandchildren of the founders now overseeing the operations of the independent company.

Caves São João 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World 2016 by Wine PleasuresHowever, maybe one of the most remarkable features of the company is that it is home to one of the biggest wine cellars with the numerous underground tunnels stacked with over a million bottles of wine with some dating back to 1959.

For the first ten years, the company was primarily involved in the trade of Douro fine wines and liquors; however in the 1930´s, the production of Port Wines outside of the O´Porto region were banned by the government. This lead to Caves São João moving into the trading of Bairrada Table wines and the production of their own natural sparkling wines with Indigenous grapes. However, it was from this experiment that the company made a significant impact on the Portuguese wine industry, as in the 1950´s, the company created two of the most iconic Portuguese brands; Porta Dos Cavaleiros from the Dão region and Frei João from the Bairrada region.

Caves São João 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World 2016 by Wine PleasuresLater in 1972, the company bought a 35 hectare rural estate known as Quinta do Poco do Lobo located at Pocariça, in the Cantanhede region. The estate was then completely replanted with selected grape varieties; the indigenous Arinto (white) and Baga (red) grapes. It was from these grapes that the company now produces their red and sparkling wines under the label Quinta do Poco do Lobo.

Caves São João 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World 2016 by Wine PleasuresCaves São João now dedicates itself to the production and commercialisation of sparkling and still wines, using their extensive experience as one of the oldest wine trading companies in the Anadia County. However despite their grand history, the company has made a number of significant investments, resulting in the company now being equipped Caves São João 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World 2016 by Wine Pleasureswith the most modern winemaking technology. For example the stainless steel vats now allow for a more delicate handling of the grapes as the automatic crushing system replicates a movement which is very similar to the human foot. These changes combined with additional improvements in the both the winery and vineyards, have allowed Caves Sao Joao to continue to produce even greater quality wines.

Caves São João has the following Sparkling Wine amongst the 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World 2016>>

  • Luiz Costa 2013 (Silver medal with 92 points)

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Taste Portugal Journeying Through Casca Wines

Casca Portugal one of the 50 Great Sparkling Wine producers 2016Casca Wines is a winery with a difference. It began as the brainchild of two young wine makers, Frederico Gomes and Helder Cunha who established Casca Wines with the intention of creating a world renowned brand of quality Portuguese wines. However instead of investing in land through acquiring vineyards, farms and estates, Casca wines works with producers of grapes from regions all over Portugal, only using the finest grapes to create each wine. Frederico and Helder as the owners and winemakers are complety dedicated to producing high quality wines in attempt to renew Portugal´s unique tradition in winemaking. Their previous experience in winemaking in both California and Portugal is evident in the wines produced which combine both present tradition and modern-day ideas.

Casca Wines 50 Great Sparkling wines of the WorldOver sixty four vineyards across Portugal provide grapes for Casca Wines located across eight main regions; Vinho Verde Minho, Douro, Dao, Bairrada, Tavora – Varosa, Colares, Tejo and Alentejo.  Thanks to the climatic diversity between the regions, Casca Wines are able to produce a wide range of wine styles using grapes from across the country. Furthermore, within each region there are also micro-climates and sub-regions which only add more variety amongst the grapes used. Casca Wines work with and learn from the vineyard owners in each region to ensure the best fruit is produced and used.

Casca Wines 50 Great Sparkling wines of the WorldThe age of the vines vary greatly between the regions and individual vineyards.  The Vinha da Padiha-Branco vineyard in the Tejo region is home to vines which are 106 years old; unsurprising considering the wine production in the region was first developed by the Romans, reaching its peak in the thirteenth century and has been known as an area of significant wine production ever since. At the other end of the scale, there are two vineyards in the Douro region, which are extremely young in comparison, with vines in age of only four years. The picking of the fruit runs from August to October and once it has been completed across the vineyards, each lot is fermented in its own separate tank until the blending process is Casca Wines 50 Great Sparkling wines of the Worldready to begin. The use of wild yeast in the fermentation process requires additional attention from the winemakers; however the results are more than worthwhile; with an added complexity evident in each bottle of Casca wine. Three distinct families of wines are produced by Casca Wines; Monte Cascas, Cape Roca and Bote. Between the three, all of the major wine producing regions of Portugal are represented.

Casca Wines  has the following Sparkling Wine amongst the 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World 2016>>

  • Távora-Varosa Sparkling Brut White Reserva 2010 (Gold medal with 96 points)

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Goddess of Wine Sparkles in Austria

AERA VINUM 1 Helga MichelbachAera Vinum is Latin for “Goddess of Wine” produces exclusive wine that is focused on providing the utmost quality to the most discerning wine connoisseurs.  Mostly marketed towards the hospitality and retail channels, the young winery won numerous accolades and had the privilege of being the official beverage for the Cultural Capital Graz 03.

Started in 2002 it is situated in Ehrenhausen, in the Southern Styrian Wine Route of Austria.  The winery boasts some of the most modern and well-equipped facilities in the Austrian winery region.  The large processing and bottling plant originally built by the Seagram distilling company between 1985-1987 allow for a daily output of 100 000 bottles, and a storage capacity of 2.4 million litres in tanks, yet given these impressive numbers the company has chosen to stay artisanal and focus on quality rather than quantity.  Like most German and Austrian Sekt producers, Aera Vinum uses the Charmat method for second fermentation in the tank for three years for smooth, rich, and well-balanced nuances in flavour and finish.

The company strives to achieve the perfect merger between craftsmanship and quality control to provide consistency and complexity.  This is achieved in addition to a having state-of-the-art facilities at their disposal, with the careful selection and blending of the right wines to create balanced cuvee’s.  For this purpose, Aera Vinum sources out for grapes mostly composed of Riesling, Rhine Riesling, Chardonnay, and Veltliner.  Currently the winery offers three taste profiles -“Baron” (extra dry), “Baroness” (dry), and “Royal” (brut)- something to every discerning connoisseur.

Aera Vinum Wein Royal Millenium Edition 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World 2016The packaging matches the grandeur of the liquid inside, thus making Aera Vinum wines not only a pleasure for taste buds but also for the eyes.  The bottles are specially created out of dark coloured glass with a raised embellished crest and embossed gold leaf and coloured labels on each bottle.  Enjoy feasting the eyes on a stunning bottle while savouring the bubbles and lingering smooth taste of this royal sparkling wine.

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  • Royal Millenium Edition (Gold medal with 98 points)

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Euro 2016 France – Wine Correlation Theory

Eurocopa wine correlation theory by Wine PleausresEuro 2016 Wine Correlation Theory – what’s that ? Wine Pleasures has developed a theory which will virtually guarantee that you can pick a winner at the Euro 2016 Tournament. So if you fancy a punt at the bookies heed the theory! Successful teams at European and World Cups almost always produce wine. How well a team does is directly related to how good the wines are coming out of that country. So let’s look at some of the 2016 group games so far:

France vs Romania 2 -1 France, clearly a superior wine making country.

Albania vs Switzerland 0-1 A no brainer if you happen to know Switzerland is making great wines. Albania does produce wine.

Wales vs Slovakia 2-1 Must be due to the sparkling wines coming on in Wales.

England vs Russia 1-1 No comment.

Turkey vs Croatia 0-1 Two countries making great wine.Could have gone either way.

Poland vs Northern Ireland 1-0 Are Poland must be making some wine?

Germany vs Ukraine 2-0 Some good wines coming out of Ukraine but not good enough against Germany.

Apply the theory to upcoming games – Coming up:

Spain vs Czech Republic – No brainer result in terms of wine

Belgium vs Italy – again another no brainer at the bookies

Ireland vs Sweden – Tricky one. Go for Sweden or a draw

Austria vs Hungary – even stevens? Hungary should have the edge.as some wines were at IWINETC 2016

Portugal vs Iceland – Another no brainer

Apply the Euro 2016 Wine Correlation Theory to other games and you’ll get the final two teams and win yourself a fortune at the bookies

Enjoy the games and the wines from their respective countries!

By Wine Pleasures