1980s Bordeaux

This was a tasting to live long in the memory. All the wines were tasted blind and included in each flight a wine from 1982, 1985, 1988 and 1989 though not necessarily in that order.  The Grand Cru Classé wines certainly stood out, and generally the better the cru, the better the wine, which really […]

Cretan Wine

A recent family holiday to Crete provided a perfect opportunity to improve my knowledge of a part of the wine world that was totally new to me.  Apparently phylloxera only reached Crete in the 1970’s so there has been considerable replanting since, much of it with international grapes. Not to put too fine a point […]

VDP Grosses Gewäches

The annual VDP* Grosses Gewäches** tasting in Wiesbaden is a remarkable event – an unrivalled opportunity to try the latest vintage of Germany’s top dry wines, accompanied by levels of organisation and service that could probably only be encountered in Germany. This year, we were tasting whites from the 2016 vintage and reds from 2015 […]

BBC WM recommendations

Viña Sol Torres 2016 Sainsbury’s £6.00 (from £7) widely available. A firm favourite of mine and many others over the summer months. It’s a blend of Spanish grapes, Parellada and Garnacha Blanca grown in Catalunya in the north east around Barcelona, and available all over Spain and much of the UK, too. Once upon a […]

Lidl’s Latest Wine Cellar

The next Lidl Wine Cellar will be instore from Thursday, July 27th.  All the Hungarian wines are worth trying, of course, which you can check out here but these are a few of my top suggestions: Dry Whites Pouilly-Fumé Les Grandes Chaumes – £9.99 – This well-known Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire is normally much more […]

Radio WM 30/06/17 Wines with Attitude

  WM Morrisons Pinot Gris  2013 Morrisons £8.25 Pinot Grigio with attitude! The bottle might suggest this is German but actually it’s from Alsace in northern France. They do Pinot Gris really well there. Made by one of France’s most respected co-operatives, Cave de Turckheim, this has enticing honeysuckle aromas, hints of honey, too. It’s […]

Radio WM Recommendations

This week’s recommendations come from Tesco where there’s a very useful 25% off  when you buy 6 bottles. Always a good time to buy  to pop a few in the cellar/larder/garage for later. These wines suit sunny weather, though are just delicious and necessary when it’s not so favourable, and one in particular should definitely […]

Champagne Castelnau

Thank you to Champagne Castelnau for inviting me to their  ‘new century, new design’ launch at Sakagura – what a treat. I’ve blogged about De Castelnau before (there was a ‘de’ then, there isn’t now) about their super-stylish champagnes which have a richness and seriousness about them. The three that I particularly rate highly are […]

Digging Evremond

No one has ever accused me of having green fingers. Yet that is actually me digging about in the mud (viticulturists might call it soil, possibly even terroir). And smiling. (And thanks to Susie Barrie MW for being my photographer). The explanation for this sudden change of character is that I am planting a Pinot […]

BBC WM Wine Recommendations 5/5/17

Roc St Vincent 2015 Bordeaux Blanc Sainsbury’s now £6.25 (75p off) Did you know Sauvignon Blanc comes from Bordeaux? (Or possibly the Loire, the jury’s out). With a long history of growing this grape and more recent research into how to make the wines ever more expressive, there are some lovely Sauvignon Blancs to be […]