Off to Turkey, for the bloggers conference

So, at some unearthly hour tomorrow I am off to Turkey for the 2012 European Wine Bloggers’ Conference (, although it is now dubbed the Digital Wine Communication Conference in light of the fact that social media has grown in importance of late.

I am really looking forward to it. There will be some great people […]

Dinner at Bistrot Le Cuisinier, Blois (Loire)

I’m currently in the Loire for a quick visit to give a talk about the science of Sauvignon, with my buddy Sam Harrop who for the last few years has been involved in a very interesting Sauvignon project with InterLoire.

Last night we had a lovely dinner at Bistrot Le Cuisinier, in the pretty town of […]

Do you like old wine?

‘Do you like old wine?’

It’s a question I was asked before a guest popped a pristine bottle of 1934 Latour out of his bag.

I thought about it again on Friday night, after opening a bottle of 1973 Vina Tondonia Reserva.

Old wine is different. It requires a different mindset when you come to assess it. But […]

A lovely red wine from Galicia, Spain

I love this wine, which hails from the north west of Spain, in a small Galician region called Ribeiro. It’s made from some unfamiliar varieties, but Jancis, Julia and Jose’s book (Wine Grapes) has helped me out. First we have Sousón, which is the same as Vinhão or Sousão, a variety popular in the Douro […]

A brilliant Tokaji Aszu 6 Puttonyos

A big dinner last night at home with friends. For me, this was the stand-out wine. It’s truly wonderful. Expensive, but one of the world’s great sweet wines.

Királyudvar Tokaji Aszú 6 Puttonyos 2002 Hungary
10.2% alcohol. Exotic, powerful nose of spice, raisins, apricot and peach. Lovely purity. The palate is spicy, honeyed, rich and taut with […]

About most wines there is little to be said

I have been tasting a lot of wine of late.

About many wines there is little to be said. They are just wine.

For many people, all they are looking for is something that is wine, that doesn’t taste bad, and that is affordable. Or cheap, even.

They don’t really mind where it comes from, as long as […]

A brilliant, but rather different, Argentine Malbec

I’ve been following this wine over the course of a couple of days. It’s an Argentine Malbec, but not as you know it.

It is made by Vincent Wallard, a former wine bar owner, and Emile Heredia, a natural winegrower from the Vendomois in France. According to the blog of Les Caves de Pyrene, the UK importers, […]