Domaine of the Bee 2009

In August 2010 I reviewed the first two releases of a new high-end domaine in the Roussillon region of France – Domaine of the Bee. It’s the personal project of Justin Howard-Sneyd of Direct Wines. He recently sent me his latest release, the 2009.

Now this is in a similar mould to the first two – […]

Yalumba Viognier 2010 Eden Valley

Impressive stuff from Yalumba who have pioneered this variety in Australia. They also do an excellent cheaper Viognier in their Y series which is almost as good. But this version, from their home in the Eden Valley, is quite serious. A really good expression of this variety.

Yalumba Viognier 2010 Eden Valley, Australia
13.5% alcohol. Complex nose […]

Scotch egg

One of the participants on the recent Ghent beer trip was David Constable, who runs a wonderful blog It focuses solely on the scotch egg.

Inspired by David, who gave me some tips, I tried my hand at making my own. First results were very encouraging, but next time I’ll try to get the casing […]

Stonehaven Sauvignon Blanc, brilliant value from South Africa

Was really impressed with this Sauvignon, which is made by the talented Duncan Savage at Cape Point. Think I shall try to buy a dozen as house white for Christmas.

Stonehaven Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Western Cape, South Africa
13.5% alcohol. Beautifully open and fruity, this is fresh, well balanced and crisp, with a delicious grapefruit freshness alongside […]

Video: in Ghent, visiting the van Steenberge brewery and drinking St Stefanus beer

A short film of my visit to Ghent, along with a merry bunch of beer bloggers and writers. We visit the Sint Stefanus monastery and the van Steenberge brewery, and get to taste the new St Stefanus beer.

In Ghent

Just on my way back from a beer trip to Ghent. Ghent was beautiful and we had some lovely beers. More later, but for now a few pictures.

Hidalgo La Gitana Manzanilla en Rama

Now this is interesting. Remember all the fuss about the Gonzalez Byas Tio Pepe Fino en Rama? It was a special bottling of Fino straight from the cask, and it was fabulous.

Sherry like this is normally filtered and fined to stabilize it for commercial release. The great thing about en rama is that the wine […]

Hmmm, Marcillac!

I was delighted to find a spattering of new wines from the southwest of France in The Sampler yesterday, when I attended the icon tasting. I bought one – a Marcillac- and drank it last night. It was fabulous. Probably a bit more refined and less edgy than the Domaine du Cros that I’ve raved […]

Picardy - elegance from Western Australia

I have just written up the fabulously stylish Picardy wines from Western Australia’s Pemberton region. You can read the full review here.

They’re just so elegant, and probably my favourite is the Shiraz:

Picardy Shiraz 2009 Pemberton, Western Australia
Initially tight on opening, this really blossoms after about an hour. A really elegant, almost Pinot-like Shiraz with smooth, […]

It's puppy's birthday

I have had a number of complaints from readers about the lack of dog-related content on this blog. So here’s an attempt to redress this imbalance.

Puppy, aka FFS (Fat Furry Slug) is now one year old. This time last year I got back from a trip to Chile to find that RTL had given birth. […]