Psi from Ribera del Duero


Named after the 23rd letter of the Greek alphabet, this is a project by Peter Sisseck of Pingus fame, in collaboration with growers in Ribera del Duero, Spain. The idea is to form partnerships with custodians of old vine Tempranillo (known here as Tinto Fino), to encourage them to farm more sensitively, cultivating the […]

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc 2011

I’ve really liked a lot of the 2011 Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs that I’ve tried. And here’s another good one. It’s from Brent Maris’ new venture in the Waihopai subdistrict of Marlborough, where the other big player is Ara.

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Waihopai River, Marlborough, New Zealand
12% alcohol. Nice intensity here: bracing, fresh and lively […]

Newspapers, and their future

Interesting to look at current circulation figures for the leading national newspapers in the UK:

The Sun 2,751,219
Daily Mail 2,011,283
Daily Mirror 1,122,563
The Daily Telegraph 596,180
Daily Express 586,707
The Times 405,113
Financial Times 319,757
The Guardian 229,753
i 243,321
The Independent 117,084

Sunday papers
The Mail on Sunday 1,921,010
Sunday Mirror 1,753,202
The Sunday Times 967,975
The People 770,772
Daily Star Sunday 644,804
Sunday Express 607,894
The Sunday Telegraph 461,772
The […]

Laithwaites Theale Vineyard Sparkling Wine

I was impressed by this. It’s a limited-production sparkling wine from a vineyard at the headquarters of Laithwaites, one of the UK’s most successful wine merchants, located in Theale, near Reading, Berkshire.

There are just 704 Chardonnay vines here, planted in 1998. The 2006 vintage, which I am tasting here, was harvested on October 3rd and […]

I wish more Chilean wines were like this

Costero Syrah 2008 from Vina Leyda, in the Leyda Valley. Bright, vivid, peppery. Sweet fruit, but not too sweet. Some notes of olive. Black cherry and blackberry fruit, with a hint of Chileanness, but not too much.

It was a bargain at £6.99 on multibuy from Majestic a year ago. I wish I had bought more, […]

A seductive New Zealand Red: Kaituna Hills Cabernet Merlot 2010

I’m enjoying this wine. It’s superbly polished and sleek, with a seductive personality, fusing lush, ripe ‘New World’ fruit with the freshness and definition of the ‘Old World’. It’s not the most complex wine ever, but it is incredibly drinkable. It’s the ideal wine for serving to a broad spectrum of drinkers. There’s enough interest […]

A lovely Portuguese red: Casa de Saima Colheita 2008

Really like this.

It’s a Portuguese red wine from the Bairrada region, made by one of the top producers in this area, Casa de Saima. Now they’re known as traditionalists – defenders of the Baga grape, which is what the region’s top reds are made from. This, however, is quite a modern-styled wine, with some Merlot […]

Are people interested in wine?

Carrying on from last week’s blog post on whether or not terroir is relevant, I want to address another question that has been the focus of some twitter debate: are people actually interested in wine at all?

One forcefully put viewpoint is that people aren’t, and that this is particularly the case in the UK. The […]

Corked wine, and some dodgy lenticels

Had another corked wine. I say ‘another’, but actually, it’s the first in ages. I wonder whether it’s getting rarer? Or maybe, it’s because many wines I drink are sealed with alternative closures or treated technical corks such as Diam?

Once again, this corked wine has some large, deep lenticels on the wine-facing end. I’ve wondered […]

A Moroccan red from Alain Graillot

I was interested to try this. I love the wines of Alain Graillot from Croze-Hermitage, but here he’s working with a much warmer climate in north Africa.

The warmth of the climate shows itself in the ripe, sweet fruit flavours. This is certainly not northern Rhone Syrah. But there’s more here than just sweet fruit: there’s […]