Lunch at 28-50 - a dream restaurant for a wine lover

Had lunch with wine trade buddy Daniel Primack (of www.aroundwine.co.uk) at the brilliant 28-50 in Marylebone today (www.2850.co.uk/marylebone). I’ve visited the other 28-50 in Fetter Lane a couple of times, and enjoyed it greatly, but this was my first time at the new Marylebone restaurant.

28-50 describes itself as a ‘wine workshop and kitchen’, and it’s an [...]

A brilliant Tuscan Cabernet Franc

Regular readers will know that I’m not really a super-Tuscan kind of guy. But here’s one that enticed, despite its ripeness and richness. It’s a varietal Cabernet Franc, and it’s lovely – although they don’t really give it away, at £40-ish a bottle. Mind you, compared with its peer group, it’s well priced for such [...]

Riesling focus, 1: Neudorf Brightwater Riesling 2007 Nelson, New Zealand

It’s the grape variety that wine trade peeps and wine geeks love, but which is (apparently) impossible to sell. So it’s just my sort of thing. I’m going to focus on it here on my blog, beginning with this wine, which I was served blind the other day.

Neudorf Brightwater Riesling 2007 Nelson, New Zealand
My notes, written [...]

A year in the life of a wine writer (in pictures)

2012 was quite a year. I’ve chosen some pictures to illustrate some of the key points of the last 12 months. This is what a wine writer’s life looks like (although, I suspect we wine writers have all had rather different experiences this year).

January saw the Sipnot tasting – the Stonier International Pinot Noir tasting, which [...]

Two great wines with dinner: Zidarich Malvasia and Jamsheed Garden Gully Syrah

Had Ryan Mostert and Samantha Suddons over for dinner on Thursday night. They are a young couple working at one of South Africa’s most exciting wineries, Reyneke, and so we opened a lot of nice bottles. 11 in all, between four of us. (But we’re lightweights, and we didn’t drink all of them to the [...]

Video: the vineyards of Alsace

I have just written up the first part of my June trip to Alsace, which you can find here.

There’s also a short film, giving a glimpse of this beautiful region. This is concentrating on the vineyards around the pretty village of Kientzheim:

Some predictions for the wine world in 2013

A startlingly unoriginal post. I’m afraid. Begin the new year with some predictions. The problem is that I’m rubbish at predicting the future. And most of these lists tend to reflect the prejudices and wishes of the predictor. With these caveats in mind, here’s my stab at guessing what is going to happen in the world [...]

The Fourth Grand Blind New Year Champagne Tasting

So here it is. Longer and better than ever! 11 wines in the mix: 9 Champagnes (one a £10 bottle), 2 English sparkling wines, all tasted blind on camera. Can Beavington and I spot the cheapie? Can we spot the English wines? Which is our favourite? 53 minutes of viewing pleasure.