Hannibal’s ‘Back to Basics’ – What does AOC mean?

Ahead of this Thursday’s ‘Rhone Rangers’ LockdownLive! event, we thought we’d re-visit some basic principles of French wine labelling.  Here’s a quick outline of what AOC means : In French – “Appellation d’origine Controlee” In English – “Controlled designation of origin” The principle is that a wine with an AOC classification has a guarantee of […]

Pedro Urbina – a winemaker like no other…

A few years ago, we had a phone call from a friendly Spanish winemaker named Pedro, who happened to be in the area and wanted to pop by and share with us a few of his aged Riojas.  Not wishing to be rude (or indeed miss an opportunity), we agreed to meet with him.  Trouble […]

Volcano Wines – why grapes grow so well in volcanic soils?

It’s extraordinary to think that volcanic soils are amongst the most fertile, yet it’s true. As volcanic soils begin to age, they begin the processing of breaking down, releasing the very nutrients and minerals that allow plants to prosper – nitrogen, potassium, phosphorous and chlorophyll. And because volcanic soil is virgin soil, it’s entirely organic […]

What ‘Organic’ really means & why we love Organic Wines

This past weekend, we spent with friends who are genuinely interested by the origins of our wines. Furthermore, by their support for organic farming and the overall ethical thinking of ourselves and so many of our great producers. But what they really wanted was a simple definition of what  ‘organic’ means when it comes to […]

A wine river in the making?

It’s kind of odd, isn’t it – there we all were, in a state of lockdown, wondering at the extent of the loo roll run.  (The sensible folk amongst us paid little attention.)  And as we sat in our gardens on the warm spring evenings with just our neighbours to chat to, we were all […]

Chile – Life in the ‘vinous’ fast lane

Mention Chile these days across wine industry experts and you’ll find buckets of respect for what this country has achieved. It’s true, Chile has been producing wine since the Spanish conquistadors pitched up in the 1600s, tempted by just how perfect the growing conditions were for making wine.  Surrounded by the Andes on one side, […]

Boom! A flying winemaker that can write too!

The power of social media has meant that the great flying winemaker John Weeks and I are back in contact and working together again for the first time in many years.  What’s more, he’s agreed to join us at 3.30am (his time, not ours) for next week’s Lockdown Live! event, entitled Boom, Boom, Barossa! when we’ll […]

LockdownLive with special guest Ernst Loosen, Villa Wolf Winery

Wow!  We had a blast with Ernie Loosen last night, who joined us for our latest LockdownLive! stream via Facebook and YouTube.  Take a look here> Since the lockdown commenced, our external events have been cancelled and so we took to the social media channels to reach out to friends, customers and anyone interested in […]

5 minutes of old footage – Port wine transportation on the Douro

On the back of last night’s Lockdown Live! wine session entitled “Don’t mind if I Douro”, we were nattering about, funnily enough, the Douro valley in Portugal.  How things have changed in the last hundred years.  Back in the day, the Douro river was a fast moving river that required the skill and bravery of […]

Summer Sunday Sessions

It’s summertime! Get out there, catch up with friends and family and enjoy the sunshine! Our Thursday Lockdown Live! events continue throughout the summer (19h00 BST).  But for now we say “Cheerio” to our Sunday Sessions, giving you time to get out there and explore. A huge thank you to everyone who has joined us […]

Rock ‘n Roll – Bon Jovi blasts into Rosé …

Yup, you heard it right, and we’ve just started listing it. For those of you who know us well, you’ll know that Hannibal’s World HQ is based in the heart of Worcester Park, right round the corner from our very own ‘Hamptons’ residence (it’s true, there is a lookie-likie Hamptons in Worcester Park!). And so […]

Move over Finn – Jordan Winemakers are coming to join us!

It’s hard to believe that we launched our live streams three months ago!  In line with the lockdown, twice weekly, we’ve been using Facebook Live! and YouTube to broadcast a light-hearted albeit informative natter direct from Hannibal Brown HQ.   Anyone who’s been viewing thus far will know that Finn the Mastiff has been the star […]