As most of you know, Portugal is one of my favourite wine countries. There’s lots happening here, with new great wines emerging all the time. This is a brilliant new wine from Filipa Pato, daughter of Luis, and it’s a field blend of mostly Baga from a vineyard of chalky subsoil with stony clay. It [...]
Kiwi Chardonnay can be great. It is relatively neglected, but when it’s good, it’s really good, and this is one of the gooduns. It is from Greywacke, whose 2012 Sauvignon Blanc is also really good, but this Chardonnay stood out as even better. It isn’t cheap, but I reckon it’s the qualitative equivalent of serious [...]
It’s the day for Beaujolais Nouveau. I love Beaujolais, which has improved radically (in places, at least) over the last decade. Nouveau? Not so sure. But this is a nice, joyful example without that banana character that some have.
Chateau de Grandmont Beaujolias-Villages Nouveau 2012 France
Very fresh, fruity and aromatic with joyful red cherry fruit. Supple, [...]
Isn’t the Guildhall in London just fabulous? It’s properly grand and very old, and it proved to be a great setting for last night’s IWSC Awards Presentation and Banquet. It was my first visit to this venue, and I was attending the banquet because I had been shortlisted for the inaugural Blogger of the Year [...]
So, here it is. My video snapshot of the blogger’s conference, including some real highlights towards the end!
Along with a good portion of the wine trade, today I attended the Union des Grands Crus 2010 tasting at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. This is a very popular tasting because it is the first time most people will have seen the final bottled wines from the new vintage.
I asked some experts their [...]
The blogger conference is over. I am very tired, but it has been a brilliant event. I’ve met lots of wonderful people and had some stupidly late nights. I have drunk a lot of wine, most of it excellent. And I have learned quite a bit. As a result of coming on this trip, I [...]
So it now day 2 of the wine bloggers conference. It has been a great experience.
It is a lot bigger and more professional than I had anticipated. Everything about it is high quality, from the organization, to the wonderful hotel and conference centre here in Izmir, to the delegates.
Andrew Jefford delivering his brilliant keynote [...]
I arrived in Izmir yesterday evening, and after a quick dip in the hotel pool, it was off to the opening event of the EWBC (the european wine bloggers conference, also known as the digital wine communications conference).
Katie Myers, bringer of natural wine
It was a bring your own bottle dinner. Informal, fun, lots of [...]