Van Volxem Saar Riesling 2011

I really like this. It’s a Mosel Riesling (actually, from the Saar, which now falls under the Mosel banner), and as with all Van Volxem wines it is not in the Pradikat system: just a single wine is made, and not different levels defined by the must weight (Kabinett, Spaetlese, Auslese, etc.). This is a […]

Syrah in South Africa, a film with some leading wine growers

The third and final of my varietally focused films interviewing leading South African wine growers focuses on Syrah. I love Syrah, and it is slowly but surely beginning to do really well in South Africa. Here’s what they have to say.

Royal Melbourne Wine Show - the film!

A short film, set to music, of the Royal Melbourne Wine Show judging. Ever wondered what an Australian wine show is like? Here’s your chance to find out, although I am told that this is not exactly typical.


A delicious Zinfandel from Western Australia

Laithwaites have unearthed a gem here. It’s a wine that surprised me: I’m not a fan of Zinfandel normally, but this is really elegant and utterly delicious, and it’s at a good price. It was sourced by well known consultant and ex-LVMH dude Dr Tony Jordan, and Laithwaites aren’t allowed to say which winery it […]

Some highlights from the Majestic Press tasting, part 1

Majestic are great. They can be a bit tough on suppliers (they once threatened to delist all Portuguese wines because ViniPortugal decided to stop giving a wad of cash as promotional support), but their range has plenty of interest for wine lovers, and prices can be very attractive on their regular promotional offers. Today was […]

Chenin Blanc in South Africa, a short film with some leading wine growers

Here’s the second of my short films from Cape Wine. This time I quiz some of South Africa’s leading wine growers about Chenin Blanc in South Africa. They have some interesting things to say.

Fighting jetlag with Querciabella

Now this is my style of Sangiovese. It’s savoury, but it has elegant fruit, too. Both elements are held in lovely tension. It’s helping me fight my body clock, which is rather messed up at the moment. There are all sorts of circadian cycles that go on in the body, and when they are out […]

Trophy judging and heading home

On the way home, in transit in Singapore. I love Changi for its relaxed atmosphere, its free, reliable internet and its swimming pool, which I’ll soon be using when it opens at 7 am.

Today (or was it yesterday, now?) was the final day’s judging in the Royal Melbourne Wine Show. Our table had an excellent flight of Semillon, followed […]

More from the Melbourne Wine Show

Bicknell and Charteris debating a wine

It is lunchtime on Friday and judging is almost finished at the Royal Melbourne Wine Show.

The team here has really gelled. It feels like family and I’ll be sad to leave for home tonight. Today I have been on PJ Charteris’ team and we’ve had a great morning of judging […]

Judging at the Royal Melbourne Wine Show

This week I am one of the two overseas judges at the Royal Melbourne Wine Show. It’s my first experience of an Australian wine show, and so far it has all been positive.

I admit I was a little apprehensive before I got here. My image of Australian wine shows was informed by what I’d read. […]