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Great tasting Cotes du Rhone, a pretty wine, attractive perfume of violets, fresh taste of ripe red fruit, easy & relaxing. Label reflects the winemakers passion for biodiversity in the vineyard. They do actually keep bees. This is a great tasting tip at £12 from Wine Rack and a range of other retailers. See my interview with Laure Colombo on SecretSommelier.com
I find myself eating far less meat than ever before for the main reasons that a lot of what we consume is poor quality, mass produced and environmentally damaging. That said, it is hard not to get excited in the colder months about the abundance of game meats that we have in Britain. What’s more is that they make the perfect accompaniment to a variety of wines.
Many wine apps have set out to please mobile users but often have ended up in the trashcan as lack of necessity trumps usefulness. Is the new “sommelier in your pocket” app, Corkscrew, about to change that?
Wines from this famous part of north west Spain are part of the modern British psyche. In this first segment of notes we taste 1 crianza and 2 reserva’s. These examples are great examples of what benchmark Rioja should taste like - rich and dangerously pleasurable.
What is it about this time of year that begs for open fires, roasted dinners and the taste of fine wines? It’s the latter that acts as a flowing ink joining the dots across memory and landscape. It connects our primordial selves to something we can’t quite describe yet, like soft caresses, translates into the language of pleasure. Yup, that is the work of damn good wine from Rioja!
The suave wine store and eatery combined, located in the Zig Zag Building on London’s Victoria Street, M Wine has just installed a pair of draught taps for customers to drop in and get refills of two deliciously drinking wines that could see a change in the way consumers buy their everyday drinking wines.
When one of London’s oldest cheesemonger’s, Paxton & Whitfield, sends an invitation for port and cheese matching, you never know who you might find in the room. This is after all the Queen’s cheese supplier, and, I’ve heard, the store was once a regular indulgence point for Sir Winston Churchill and Lord Byron.
Bruno Paillard is a big name in Champagne, both as a man and as a brand. It was a pleasure to be invited to the launch of the Champagne Bruno Paillard, ’06 Vintage Blanc de Blancs and to meet Alice Paillard, daughter of the man, and winemaker at the helm of the brand.
Caliterra winemaker, Rodrigo Zamorano compares 3 styles of this movable grape - Setting the scene for Malbec
The tasting was set up in the basement of Casa Malevo in Connaught Street London, a place famous for exceedingly high quality steak, a frequent food pairing for the malbec grape we were due to taste.
Bordeaux seems to be a wine region that we all perceive as being a haven of bluechip wines that mortals are denied access to. The £8-£20 price range for regular drinking wines is perhaps not as popular as it should be. Why is that? Does the region need more decoding. There are rewards for journeying into one of the world's most famous wine regions.
We caught up with Vitalie Taittinger at BAFTA in London to discuss the joys of drinking old vintages of Taittinger's famed Comtes De Champagne, as well as her excitement for English terroir and a quick insight into the 2016 harvest in Champagne.
“We started harvesting our early Sauvignon Blancs at Château la Garde in Pessac-Léognan on 6 September, about 10 days later than last year” reports Dourthe’s head winemaker,
Watch: Wine Tips from the Grape-Pickers Party
After days of picking grapes in one of the world’s most famous wine regions, the pickers get together to drink, chat and enjoy the drinks they are meticulously involved in the making of.
Also check out local winemaker, Nico’s, top tip for a white Burgundy from Saint Aubin that you don’t have to travel to Burgundy to get!
From Picasso to Pecorino Wine (not cheese!!)
What started in El Quatre Gats tapas bar in Barcelona, soon became an adventure in the Marche region of Italy, that lies along the east coast facing Albania across the Adriatic Sea. El Quatre Gats is famously where Picasso had his first solo exhibition as a young edgy artists in the Catalan capital and I was there dining with Dr Pia Casarini Wadhams, Director of Italy’s only Polar Institute, Il Polo.