How much can we drink without risking our health?

Lots of chat on the internet today about a study that has just been published in the 0pen-access version of the British Medical Journal. (Article is here.) It made front-page headlines in The Daily Mail, a British tabloid newspaper targeted at right-leaning women, and designed to keep its readership in a state of heightened fear about [...]

A night in Colmar, Alsace

So last night we dined in Colmar with Foulques Aulagnon of the CIVA. The venue was L’Epicurean, and as it was a warm evening, we ate outside.

After a long day’s tasting, we needed beer. This came in the way of bottles from Brasserie Uberach, an Alsace brewer. La Klintz is a really refreshing wheat beer [...]

Zind Humbrecht and Albert Boxler

Two star Alsace producers visited this morning. One famous (deservedly so), the other less high profile but making some of the region’s best wines.

First up, Domaine Zind Humbrecht in Turckheim. It’s a relatively large, modern, yet unassuming winery in the middle of the flat Herrenweg vineyard on the outskirts of Turckheim. We met with Olivier [...]

A day in the Alsace vineyards

Looking to the Schlossberg vineyard

Today has been fabulous. I’m lucky to be travelling with some excellent companions: David Williams, Susy Atkins, Hamish Anderson and Emma Wellings. They are unlucky to be lumped with me.

We set off early for the impossibly beautiful village of Kientzheim, where Domaine Paul Blanck is located. I’m told that by [...]

Colmar, early morning

Colmar was very pretty this morning when I went for an early morning stroll. It’s a good place to be based: slap bang in the middle of the Alsace wine region. Today we shall be mostly in vineyards.

 

In Alsace, my first visit

Very excited to be visiting Alsace for the first time. I haven’t been writing full-time about wine for all that long (4 years), so there are still a number of important wine regions I have yet to visit. So I am pleased to finally get the chance to see Alsace: I know and love the [...]

A brilliant Hungarian Syrah

Really enjoyed this over the last two nights. It’s a Syrah made by an Austrian in the Sopron region of Hungary. Thrilling stuff.

Weninger Syrah 2009 Sopron, Hungary
13.5% alcohol. really fresh, peppery nose showing black pepper, black cherry and spice notes, as well as a hint of clove. The palate is fresh with pepper and spice [...]

Video: the Real Wine Fair 2012, London

A short film from this year’s Real Wine Fair in London. I hope this captures some of the essence of the fair. Includes footage from the grower’s party. I don’t remember shooting that bit.

Time for some Provence rose

So we skipped straight from winter into summer. Here in the UK, spring was a no-show. It got bumped.

For the last two days we’ve been enjoying temperatures in the high 20s. Very nice.

It’s time to get out the rose. Pink wines are a bit of a strange category for wine geeks. They are what I [...]

Sink the Pink Pinotage!

I’ve ranted here before about how stupid the export approval systems in some countries can be. They are well intentioned: for a wine to be exported from South Africa and New Zealand, it must pass a taste test. The idea is that this keeps bad wines from being exported and letting down the country’s reputation, [...]