Some nice beer, including a trashy blonde

Popped into Oddbins on the way home this evening. Nice selection of wines, these days. Lots interested me. Came out with three beers, though. Was particularly interested to try the Brew Dog, because I’d read a lot about these guys. Brilliant, slightly edgy marketing. The beer is great, too.

Brew Dog Trashy Blonde (you know you […]

Jacob's Creek Steingarten Riesling

One of the Rieslings tasted on camera in my recent video clip, this is the well known Aussie, Steingarten, which now goes under the Jacob’s Creek label. Steingarten is not a single-vineyard, but instead a brand – the wine comes from a number of different sites in the Eden Valley. This is one to pop […]

A convincing Aussie Sangiovese - Greenstone

Italian red grape varieties all seem to travel poorly. While they achieve good results in Italy, they seldom work abroad. Here’s an exception: possibly the best non-Italian Sangiovese I have yet tried. It’s from a vineyard in Heathcote, and the name Greenstone refers to the colour of the rocks in the soil which are coloured […]

Summer arrives, and a great day's cricket

A fantastic day today. A cricket match. This time, not the wine trade, but a church match, between two Twickenham based Anglican congregations. One large, one smaller. I was playing for the smaller.

It was a perfect day in Marble Hill Park, which is a beautiful location for cricket. Mid-20s Centigrade, with a blue sky. We […]

Video: tasting Riesling from Mosel, Alsace and Australia

Another video blog entry – this time, me tasting some rather delicious Rieslings. Perfect for a warm summer weekend like this.

Spotted in a Trimbach: a new-look Diam

Opened a Trimbach Riesling this afternoon to find it had a new-look Diam (taint-free technical cork) in the neck. This Diam has been streaked with brown to make it look more like a natural cork. Will this aid consumer acceptance, or is it actually unecessary?

In the garden, vines and bees

I’ve begun to appreciate bees a great deal more since I read Douglas Coupland’s latest novel. Anyway, there are a lot of them in the garden this year, mainly because I’ve decided to allow whatever grows to grow, taking a more natural approach. The result is a rash of colour from the wild flowers.

I sprayed […]

Day 3 of the London wine fair

Today was the third and final day of the London wine trade fair. There’s so much to see; you can’t hope to do everything, but instead just have to make sure you do enough that’s worthwhile.

I presented another session matching Alentejo wines with cheese and sausages from the region, but the rest of my time […]

A memorable Jura wine

One of the highlights of the recent ‘Real Wine’ tasting was this superb Jura wine, from Ganevat, whose wines I have just written up on the main wineanorak site. This wine is deeply moving. Definitely a real wine.

Jean-François Ganevat Savagnin Cuvée Prestige 2004
This is a multifaceted chameleon of a wine, and I really like it. […]

Day 2, wine fair

I’m sneaking in a quick blog post from day 2 of the wine fair. I’m sitting in the access zone, which is the social media hub of the fair. Pictured above is André Ribeirinho ( and Benoit Tarlant (of Champagne Tarlant), who is showing off his new iPad. Very interesting bit of technology.

This morning I presented […]