Mind expanding Rioja's - Cheek to cheek, not head to head! (part 1)
- Published: 04 December 2016 04 December 2016
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.
The Finest Rioja: Old World, Old School
- Published: 27 November 2016 27 November 2016
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!
Chilean Malbec in context: 3 styles of Malbec
- Published: 06 October 2016 06 October 2016
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.
Can entry-level Bordeaux charm the British palate?
- Published: 25 September 2016 25 September 2016
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.
Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classe 2015
- Published: 21 July 2016 21 July 2016
Talking to Emmanuel de Saint Salvy from Chateau Bellefont-Belcier, Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classé
What can we expect from the 2015 vintage in St Emilion?
2015 is a very interesting vintage because at the same time we have a very full-bodied vintage but with a lot of fruit… we can drink it today.
Errazuriz Max Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
- Published: 01 June 2016 01 June 2016
Tasting Gianni Gagliardo Barolo 2011
- Published: 21 May 2016 21 May 2016
It was a pleasure to catch up Elena Gargani at the London Wine Fair recently and taste her range of Italian wines. In particular the Gianni Gagliardo Barolo 2011 stuck out as fantastic wine for drinking now or laying down for many years to come.
Don Maximiano Founder's Reserve 2013, Errazuriz
- Published: 16 May 2016 16 May 2016
Chilean wine is breaking into markets all over the world and disrupting them with a huge combination of great value, high quality and variation.
Errazuriz is one of the leading brands exporting wine around the world and is gaining a reputation for delivering rich complex wines for just about any occasion.
Contino 2013: tasting with Spain's Jesús Madrazo
- Published: 14 May 2016 14 May 2016
Contino is a small single vineyard estate that is part of the Cvne family of high quality benchmark Spanish wines from the Rioja region. Jesús Madrazo is the widely respected winemaker at Contino and has traveled to London for a tasting of the very troubled 2013 vintage.
Coteaux Champenois: Red wine in Champagne?
- Published: 28 April 2016 28 April 2016
Why is everyone talking about “Bouzy Rouge” in Reims? Still wines from Coteaux Champenois are delicious and the Grand Cru village of Bouzy has been developing cult wine status for sometime. Find out more..
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