Video: tasting four pink sparkling wines

A short film of me tasting four pink Sparkling wines.

 

The wines:

Hush Heath Estate Balfour Brut Rosé 2008 England
(£34.99 Waitrose, Bibendumfinewine.com, Slurp.co.uk, Sparklingenglishwine.com)
Freixenet Cava Elyssia Rosé Pinot Noir NV Spain
(£14.99 Waitrose, Tesco)
Champagne Michel Arnould & Fils Grand Cru Brut Rosé NV France
(£25.40 Tanners (http://www.tanners-wines.co.uk, 01743 234500)
Graham Beck Brut Rosé NV South Africa
(£11.99 Slurp.co.uk 0208 [...]

Lunch at the Square with some nice wines

So the bit about ‘nice wines’ in the title was an understatement. The wines were spectacular.

It was the Primum Familiae Vini lunch at The Square, one of London’s top restaurants. The PVF is an association, or club, of 11 family owned wine companies from across Europe, and between them they can put on quite a [...]

Warming up with Shiraz after a freezing afternoon of rugby

Today I drove for 2 h 45 down to Somerset, stood and watched a game of rugby in the coldest conditions I can recall, and then drove back again.

Even though I’ve never been as cold (and I was wrapped up well), I don’t regret the journey, because it was a chance to see my older [...]

Nice fizz from Laithwaites: Champagne and England

Two impressive sparkling wines from Laithwaites, both of which offer great value for money.

South Ridge English Quality Sparkling Wine 2008 England
12% alcohol. This is made by Ridgeview, one of the UK’s top 3 sparkling wine producers. It’s toasty and quite complex with intense citrus fruit characters as well as some spice and apple notes. There’s [...]

Authentic wine has been shortlisted for an award!

Great to see that Authentic Wine has been shortlisted for the Andre Simon awards. My last book, Wine Science, was also shortlisted, but lost out to Hugh Johnson’s Wine: a life uncorked.

The good thing about the Andre Simon awards is that they are judged on the afternoon of the presentation ceremony, so no one knows [...]

A brilliant Falanghina for very little money

It’s useful to have a stock of wines that cost relatively little, but which taste really good. This is one of those Tuesday night wines. It’s a Falanghina from the southern tip of Italy, and it delivers.

Asda Extra Special Falanghina 2010 Puglia, Italy
12% alcohol. Full yellow colour. Rich and exotic with pungent melon and pear [...]

Is terroir relevant?

Some discussion on twitter at the moment about whether terroir is relevant to consumers. It’s all a bit daft really, because no one has defined who these consumers are, and everyone is talking as if there is just a single wine market.

To understand the wine market, the first rule is that you have to segment. [...]

More highlights from Majestic: two lovely Alsace whites from Schlumberger

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I love these wines, and at the offer price they are a steal. But they illustrate why Alsace remains a nightmare for consumers. One is dry, the other quite sweet. But nowhere is this indicated on the bottle. [...]

The 2009s from DRC

Off to Corney & Barrow this morning to taste the 2009s from the legendary Domaine de la Romanee Conti, which we all know as DRC.

Of course, it is virtually impossible to taste such celebrated wines completely objectively. But we try. It’s one of the superstar domaines that really lives up to the hype. Many tasters [...]

Heida: a brilliant Swiss white wine

Swiss wines are great, but they’re rarely seen out of Switzerland. This is a mountain wine, grown at an altitude of 1150 metres, which makes it one of the highest in Europe. It’s made from the Heida (aka Savagnin) variety, and despite the altitude, manages to get pretty ripe: this weighs in at 14% alcohol.

The [...]