A brilliant Bairrada from Filipa Pato

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 [...]

Greywacke Chardonnay 2010

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 [...]

Pug puppies and two good Champagnes

Nipped over to my sister Hester’s last night to see their new pug puppies. They already have an adult pug, and these new recruits take the pug quotient in the Beavington household to 3. And twin sister Anne has taken another pug from the litter.

They are incredibly cute, although labradoodles still rock more than pugs [...]

Bojo Nouveau 2012

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, [...]

Winning Blogger of the Year at the IWSC awards dinner

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 [...]

My video summary of the blogger's conference

So, here it is. My video snapshot of the blogger’s conference, including some real highlights towards the end!

 

Bordeaux 2010, expert opinion from first tasting of bottled wines

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 bloggers conference wraps up with a BIG night!

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 [...]

Fun at the bloggers conference

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 [...]

At the bloggers conference, the crazy but fun BYOB party

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 [...]