I was very impressed by this new single-plot English sparkling wine from Nyetimber. It claims to be ‘the first single vineyard sparkling wine from England with all the grapes specifically selected from a single vineyard site’. The idea for this wine was prompted by the discovery of an extraordinary parcel of Pinot noir, and Chardonnay [...]
I am exhilarated. Yesterday I ran – and completed – the Marathon du Medoc.
To run any marathon for the first time would rank as a great life experience, but the fact that this was the Medoc Marathon, with a 42.195 km route taking runners through some of the world’s most famous vineyards, made this extra [...]
Since my Canada trip, I have been playing with instagram. It’s a great app for sharing pictures, and I can’t believe I didn’t use it earlier. With a limited range of distinctive filter effects and a fixed picture size, its simplicity is one of its strengths. Here are some of my snaps that I like [...]
On Saturday I will be embarking on one of the biggest physical challenges I have ever faced: running 42 km in Bordeaux.
I have never been a runner. Although I have played a weekly game of football for the last few years (interrupted regularly by travels), I’ve never really got into running. It always seemed boring, [...]
I’m steadily writing up my producer visits from my recent trip to Ontario wine country. The latest report is from the visit to Tawse, where my highest-scoring wine was actually a small-production Syrah.
I love cool climate Syrah, and Niagara can do it pretty well if this bottle is anything to go by. Of course, you’d [...]
Had a lovely evening on Thursday. It was a last-minute invitation from Roberson’s Mark Andrew, who was holding a small dinner for new agency Hirsch: Jasmine Hirsch, daughter of founder David Hirsch was in town with wines in tow.
I have written up the wines – some of California’s most exciting Pinot Noirs – separately here. They are impressively [...]
A quick plug for an amazing South African tasting in London next week.
It’s organized by merchants SWIG, and the details are here. The line-up of wines and winemakers is stellar.
Here’s the good bit: tickets are £25, but SWIG are offering wineanorak readers 50% off, so you can attend for just £12.50
To take advantage of this [...]
Jose Sanfins, Chantelune
Holidays are over, and the wine tasting calendar starts again here in London. I was in town for the first tasting in a long time – a small portfolio tasting from The Perfect Cellar, a new-ish merchant with an eclectic list of small producers, and a shop presence in luxury retail space [...]