When critics disagree, again

I’ve just been involved in another one of those twitter tussles about controversial wine topics. This time it was, fortunately, a fairly good natured discussion about the results of the recent tasting in Hong Kong where Eduardo Chadwick pitched several vintages of his Sena ‘icon’ (horrible term) wine against various top Bordeaux, tasted blind, and [...]

Time for some Alsace wines

I’m embarrassed to admit it, but I have never been to Alsace. The odd thing is, I really love Alsace wines. So why haven’t I been?

Anyway, here’s a spread of different bottles, reflecting some of the different varieties grown in the region. All were pretty good, with the Riesling and Muscat the standouts.

Kuentz-Bas Pinot Blanc [...]

Two Californian Chardonnays

Californian wines are somewhat under-represented in the UK. Here are a couple of impressive Sonoma Chardonnays that I liked quite a bit, and which show restraint, balance and complexity.

Marimar Estate Son Miguel Vineyard Chardonnay ‘Acero’ Unoaked 2009 Russian River Valley, Sonoma
13.5% alcohol. Powerful and rich textured with pear and peach fruit as well as a [...]

The Liberator, an impressive South African red

Richard Kelley MW popped round tonight to drop off a mixed case of Cotat. He also brought along two wines that he has sourced himself from South Africa and which have been bottled under the name ‘The Liberator’. These are small parcels of wines from illustrious producers at very good prices, and the sources must [...]

Georges Descombes Morgon

A fabulous natural expression of Morgon, made without sulfur dioxide and yet still so fresh even a few years on.

Georges Descombes Morgon 2007 Beaujolais
Fresh, bright and sappy with good acidity and attractive raspberry and cherry fruit. It’s supported by some grippy, peppery structure. Grainy and alive, with real minerality, as well as some elegance and [...]

Rugby, Football, Lapierre, Sauvignon and Suduiraut

A slightly after the fact blog post, this. It’s basically all about Sunday, which was a remarkable day on many accounts, and topped with some nice wines.

First of all, the rugby World Cup Final. A splendid game, tight and exciting, with the right team winning. Wish I’d stayed on a few more days for the [...]

A Monastrell from Artadi

Liked this. It’s a bit of a bruiser, but there’s lots of interest. It’s an ambitious Mourvedre (aka Monastrell) from the south of Spain, made by Rioja company Artadi, and imported into the UK by FMV.

Artadi El Sequé 2009 Alicante, Spain
14.5% alcohol. 100% Monastrell, which is the same as Mourvèdre. Powerful and intense with [...]

Video: Brancott Estate, Marlborough, New Zealand

A short film from my visit to the Marlborough wine region this week, including the famous tipping tanks.

Red wines from Marlborough

On my last evening in Blenheim, the buzzing metropolis at the heart of the Marlborough wine region, I dined with Jim Robertson (Pernod Ricard’s wine ambassador) and Jeremy Oliver (one of Australia’s leading wine journos) at Raupo, a relaxed bistro on the riverbank.

The wine list could, in all honesty, do with a bit of work, [...]

'Wines from here will become world famous'

The Brancott Estate earlier today

The title of this blog post – ‘wines from here will be come world famous’ – were the prophetic words uttered by Montana’s Frank Yukich as he put the first vines of the modern era into the ground in Marlborough.

There’s a monument to his achievement at the Brancott Estate. Yukich [...]