A remarkable Hungarian Kadarka

Now this, dear readers, is a brilliant wine. It’s a Hungarian red made from the Kadarka variety, which is a new discovery for me. From my limited experience, I reckon this is a really interesting grape, making elegant wines a bit reminiscent of Pinot Noir.

It’s made by József Szentesi, whose mission has been to work [...]

A remarkable evening of wine, with Burgundy, the Wachau, the northern Rhone, Champagne and Sherry

Had a fabulous dinner last night at Francis and Bronwen Percival’s pad in Borough Market with a group of wine nuts, including a Burgundy-resident Californian winemaker. Some lovely bottles came out, and Francis and Bronwen’s cooking was on top form.

We started with some cheese, of course: Stawley, Kirkham’s Lancashire and Citeaux (a washed-rind cow’s milk [...]

Great value, biodynamic, natural wines from Nuova Cappelletta in Piemonte

Tasted these three attractively priced wines from online retailer Piemonte Wines recently. They are from biodynamic estate Nuova Cappelletta, and two of them are made with no added sulfur dioxide. The prices indicated are valid to the end of the month.

Nuova Cappelletta Cortese Piemonte 2010 Italy
13% alcohol. No added sulfites. Full yellow colour. Rich, warm [...]

Two brilliant, affordable summer whites, from Sardinia and Greece

For when the sun shines again in this stop, stop, start, stop summer, let me recommend two lovely, affordable wines from The Wine Society. Wines like this are in a real sweet spot for me: they have personality and give pleasure, and they are priced so I can enjoy them whatever the occasion.

Melis Ioacalia Vermentino [...]

A brilliant resource for Douro fans: map of the Quintas

Really delighted to stumble across this superb online resource. It’s The Port Lovers’ Forum map of Douro Quintas.

For anyone like me who has been to the Douro a number of times, this is a brilliantly useful map. If you travel around the region by road, it’s really easy to be disoriented. Travelling by river is [...]

English wine, a pageant and the diamond jubilee

Much against my better judgement, I found myself persuaded to venture into London today for the river pageant celebrating the Queen’s diamond jubilee.

I knew it would be crowded. I knew the weather was rotten. And I suspected we’d get stuck coming home, as a million people all headed for the mainline stations all at the [...]

Alsace, the final day, with Josmeyer and Dirler-Cade

Celine Meyer, Josmeyer

Just two appointments on my last day in Alsace, but they were very good ones. First, Josymeyer, with Celine Meyer, managing director. Her sister Isabelle is the winemaker, and the style here tends to dryness and precision.

The Riesling Kottabe 2009 is the value pick here, but in terms of absolute quality, the [...]