An ambitious high-end English sparkling wine

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 [...]

Running the Marathon du Medoc

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 [...]

Some of my favourite instagram pictures

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 [...]

Learning to run

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, [...]

Syrah from Canada! And Gamay, and Cabernet Franc

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 [...]

Hirsch at the Grain Store

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 plug for a great South African tasting in London

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 [...]

Term starts again, and a tasting at the Perfect Cellar

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 [...]