A nice quote from 1947

I have an old wine book, recommended to me by a reader – it’s Ian Maxwell Campbell’s Wayward Tendrils of the Vine, published in 1947. It’s delightfully old fashioned, but quite an absorbing read (though far from the literary highs of Saintsbury’s classic Notes on a Cellar Book.) Here’s a quick snippet:

A taste for Claret [...]

Recently on the main wineanorak site

Some recent articles on the main wineanorak site:

Sterhuis: nice wines from Stellenbosch, South Africa
Amelia Park: an interesting new Margaret River producer
Douro Family Estates: a new collaborative venture between four properties in Portugal’s Douro
Inside Burgundy: an important new book from Jasper Morris
The Wine Opus: a significant new wine reference book reviewed
Martinborough Pinot Noir retrospective: tasting the [...]

A memorable meal at Hakkasan, including an old Joguet

Dinner for the judges of the sparkling wine review was held at Hakkasan, the famed Chinese/fusiony restaurant. This was my first time here, so I was quite looking forward to it.

By any standards, Hakkasan is an incredible restaurant. It is staffed by beautiful people, who run the place with astonishing efficiency. They have to, because [...]

The first day of the Sparkling Wine Review!

First day’s judging at the Sparkling Wine Review is underway her at Denbies Wine Estate in Surrey.

It’s a completely new sort of benchmarking exercise, and we’re very excited about it.

Video: Tasting Veuve Clicquot Champagnes, part 2

Tasting Veuve Clicquot Champagnes with Francois Hautekeur, part 2 – the 1989 Cave Prive Rose.

Video: harvest in Rioja

Here’s a short film from my recent Rioja trip. It looks at the harvest at a couple of wineries. There’s a contrast between Finca Allende receiving their Graciano, and La Rioja Alta and their grape reception. The racking of the tens of thousands of barrels at La Rioja Alta is also really interesting.

Some thoughts on natural wine

I love natural wines. I’m also a scientist by training. Knowing what I know, I don’t understand how natural wines (here defined as wines with as little added as possible – and specifically with very low or zero additions of sulfur dioxide) are as good as they are. And how rarely they are faulty.

But the [...]

A Diwali party with some Roumier

We went to our first Diwali party today, at the home of some friends. They even provided suitable clothing for us, as well as some delicious food. It was one of those evenings that just worked really well, and the kids behaved beautifully. Pictured above are Fiona, Vani, Kate and Veena.

One of Veena’s colleagues, a [...]

Video: tasting Veuve Clicquot Champagnes with Francois Hautekeur

Here’s a film from a recent tasting of Veuve Clicquot Champagnes with Francois Hautekeur. It’s quite a long clip, so I’ve split it in two, and this is part 1. Francois enters into some very interesting discussion of Champagne generally, and the different philosophies between non-vintage and vintage wines.

Deleting a post...

I’ve decided to delete the post I made a few days ago on differences in pricing I found for the Felton Road Block 3 Pinot Noir.

But I also wanted to make it clear that I’ve done this, and also explain why I have done it.

The ‘old media’ way would have been to quietly delete it [...]