Cricket and wine

Spent the afternoon playing cricket at Hampton Wick, a beautiful ground set in Bushy Park. It was the Wine Trade versus Balls Brothers, a 20-20 fixture.

We batted first and scored 137-8, which seemed a little under-par. Then we bowled, and from the start it looked like an uphill struggle for the Balls boys. I opened [...]

Eric and Ollie on natural wine

A really good article by Eric Asimov on natural wine (and an accompanying blog post by Eric on the same topic) has got people talking. Ollie Styles, formerly of Decanter and now resident in Toro, Spain has made a response.

Ollie outlines three perceived dangers of the natural wine movement. The first is that he worries that if [...]

Domaine Du Colombier Crozes Hermitage ‘Gaby’ 2005

I’ve lost touch a bit with the wines of Domaine du Columbier, ever since I enjoyed a half-case of the 1999 Crozes Hermitage Gaby. But from this showing, it seems they are still on form, making Crozes Hermitage which is a bit less wild than Graillots, but not so polished to have lost the bloody, [...]

Chile’s Cloudy Bay revisited

When I tried this wine back in November, I dubbed it Chile’s Cloudy Bay. It’s a startlingly fresh, pure expression of Sauvignon Blanc from a new cool-climate region of Chile, and the best thing about it is that it doesn’t rely on methoxypyrazine (the green pepper/grassy character that comes from chemicals present in unripe grapes) [...]

Seen on a Pinot Noir vine leaf…

…this intricate array of eggs. Not being an entomologist, I haven’t got the ability to identify them. They’re incredibly beautiful, but I removed the leaf just in case the little hatchlings eat my vines.

A serious South African Syrah, now peaking, at a good price

Popped into Waitrose yesterday and came away with some wine from their 25% off six promotion, which has a couple of days still to run. One of the wines I bought was this lovely South African Syrah, from TMV who I visited last November. It’s a wine that’s drinking beautifully now.

TMV Swartland Syrah 2006 Swartland, [...]

The next London Gastronomy Seminar: meat cookery and sous vide

A plug for the next London Gastronomy Seminar, which is on meat cookery and sous vide.

Westminster Kingsway College, Victoria Centre, Vincent Square, London SW1P 2PD

22nd June, 6.30pm, duration: approximately two hours. Tickets are £10/each and available from the LGS website: http://www.londongastronomyseminars.com/tickets.htm

There can be no denying that sous vide cookery is fashionable. Chefs from Alain Ducasse [...]

Recently on the main wineanorak site…

Some recent additions to the main wineanorak.com site:

Framingham: unsung heroes from New Zealand’s Marlborough region
Muhr-van der Niepoort: Austria’s best red wines?
AA Panevino: remarkable natural wines from Sicily
Paul Furst: a Pinot Noir expert from Germany’s Franconia
Koshu: wines from Japan
Herdade do Rocim: an ambitious new producer from Portugal’s Alentejo
Visiting Domaine Dujac: one of Burgundy’s great domaines
Corison: part [...]

Real time tasting of a natural wine

It’s Friday evening. After a cloudy, cool day we are being treated to a bright, warm-ish summer’s evening, and so I am sitting outside, glass in hand, blogging before I cook dinner.

One of the joys of the blog is that content can be of the moment. Unplanned; spontaneous. You get a pure communication, unfiltered and [...]

A chance to taste the Gold medal-winning wines from the IWC

On 30th June at Lord’s cricket ground there’s a nice chance to taste many of the gold medal-winning  wines from this year’s International Wine Challenge.

The IWC is proud to announce the first opportunity for the trade and consumers to taste many of the Gold Medal award winning wines from the International Wine Challenge 2010. Tickets [...]