2014 in pictures (2)

Continuing the year…

April is the International Wine Challenge, which takes a couple of weeks –  it’s a nice time of year.

It was also the Real Wine Fair, which is epic. Carla and Craig of Lammerschoek/Testalonga above.

And here’s the Noble Rotters, Dan Keeling and Mark Andrew. They may be UTD fans, but they’re OK apart from [...]

2014 in pictures (1)

2014 has been a remarkable year. Here’s my year in review, in pictorial form.

The January tasting season began with the Burgundy 2012 tastings in London. This was a new discovery for me: the amazing white Burgundies of Arnaud Ente. As with any top Burgundies, the chances of (a) being able to afford them and (b) [...]

New releases from Aussie star Shaw & Smith

I’ve reviewed the wines of Shaw & Smith before, here and here. I got to taste some of the latest releases, and I’m once again pretty impressed. The Sauvignon Blanc pays the bills for the other wines. The Chardonnay is probably the true star in the line up, but everything’s good here.

Shaw & Smith Pinot [...]

Christmas Day highlights (2): Suduiraut 01, La Chapelle 97, Le Dome 96, Gruaud Larose 00

Some more Christmas Day wines.

Château Suduiraut 2001 Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
14% alcohol. Remarkably fresh still with complex, spicy lemon and grapefruit notes as well as viscous apricot, pear and peach characters. Lively and powerful with lovely weight. This is a stunning wine with great potential. 95/100

Château Le Dôme 1996 Saint Emilion, Bordeaux, France
Normally a cult Saint [...]

My epic Christmas day wine tasting video

So, a film of my Christmas day wines. Shot on location, amid the festivities. There’s even a bit of pug action towards the end.

Christmas Day highlights: Le Moine Saint-Romain 11, Mulderbosch 13, Floridene 12

Some excellent wines yesterday for Christmas Day with family. I’m going to write up the highlights in two posts. The wines deserve it. First, three whites, all of which exceeded expectations.

Lucien Le Moine Hospices de Beaune Saint-Romain Cuvee Joseph Menault 2011 Burgundy, France
Bottled for Marks & Spencer, this Hopsice wine is sensational. It has an amazing [...]

Millton Chenin Blanc Te Arai Vineyard 2013 Gisborne, New Zealand

I’m quite a fan of James and Annie Millton’s wines. I’ve visited them twice in Gisborne, once in 2008 and then again in 2013. It’s a pretty place, and for some reason Millton seems to be able to make thrillingly good wines here, while most of the rest of the vineyards make simple stuff for [...]

Kingscote The Bacchus, one of England's best still wines?

Could this be the best still English wine I have tasted? It’s from a 15 acre vineyard in Sussex, that’s on a much larger estate owned by Christen Monge. In a former life Chris was a global director of an advertising agency based in Hong Kong. he bought the property in 1999, and since returning [...]

Wineanorak on University Challenge, I've finally made it!

So cool to see wineanorak featuring on University Challenge last night (a television program on the UK’s BBC). Paxman reading out content from my site! I’ve made it. Distressing to see how little these otherwise incredibly smart people knew about wine, though. The Charente??? Here’s the clip:

 

Monsanto Il Poggio Chianti Classico Riserva 2009

Chianti. I’ve struggled a bit with it. It can be great, but often it’s a bit difficult and surly. It’s like a moody friend: you have to wait for the right time to approach it, but get it right and things can be great. More often than not, they are complicated. This is a lovely [...]