Kopke Colheita Ports back to 1941

Colheitas are single vintage Tawny Ports (that is, Ports that have been aged for a long time in large oak barrels, rather than bottled after a few years and aged in bottle), and Kopke are specialists with this style of Port. They have good stocks of old Colheitas which they bottle on order, and the […]

Katsunuma Jyozo Misaka 2011, and amazing natural Japanese Koshu wine

Yesterday, one of the team of judges I was working with at the International Challenge was Youki Hirayama, who’s winemaker at Katsunuma Jyozo winery in the Yamanashi region of Japan. He had a bottle of his wine with him which we tried after the tasting. It was made without adding sulfur dioxide, and it’s quite […]

Champagne Bruno Paillard at Sushisamba

Tuesday evening and it’s time for dinner at Sushisamba. My first visit to this much talked about restaurant, perched on the top of London’s second tallest building, Heron Tower in Bishopsgate, in the City.

I’ve come from the International Wine Challenge, where I’ve been tasting lots of wine all day, followed by a quick beer with […]

Four lovely wines at The Remedy: Hungary, Sicily, Germany, Spain

Had a lovely evening at The Remedy, one of London’s most interesting wine destinations. And, on Monday, a decent selection of wines at half price! Four memorable wines consumed.

Pósta Borház Kadarka 2012 Szekzárd, Hungary14% alcohol. Kadarka is such an interesting red variety. It’s a bit like Pinot Noir, a bit like Saint Laurent. And in […]

Day 1 of the International Wine Challenge

So yesterday was the first day of the International Wine Challenge. For the next two weeks I will be doing what most closely resembles a normal job: getting up early and commuting into town (well, Vauxhall, which is quite convenient for me, 30 minutes door to door), working 9-5 and then commuting home.

It’s an enjoyable […]

Do one thing well

The attention of the sporting world is focused on Augusta, Georgia at the moment. It’s the Masters, one of the four leading golf tournaments collectively known as the majors. Now golf is a little bit of a sad sport, I know, but I have an affection for it, and I love watching the Masters. I […]

Storm Pinot Noir 'Vrede' 2012, a new star from South Africa

Hannes Storm was, for a decade, winemaker at Hamilton Russell, until he left in 2014 to do his own thing. Well, this is the first chance I’ve had to try one of his own wines, and it’s a very assured Pinot from Hemel-en-Aarde. He’s making two Pinot Noirs, and this one is from a 2 […]

Tscheppe Green Dragonfly Sauvignon Blanc, amazing Austrian wine

This is quite special. It’s a Sauvignon Blanc from Sudsteiermark (south Styria) in Austria, made by Andreas Tscheppe. He’s one of a group of five producers working biodynamically in this pretty region, and I was introduced to his wines by Doug Wregg of Les Caves de Pyrene. Doug had just visited the region, and was […]

Chenin Blanc and Grüner Veltliner

Two nice wines, from two of my favourite white varieties. The first is an own-label from Berry Bros & Rudd. It’s a sort of better class of own label: Nikolaihof is one of Austria’s top producers. The second is from Mullineux, the current darlings of the South African wine scene, and it’s a lovely old […]

On spring, and dogs

Back when I started this blog, in September 2001 (blogging ancient history), I used to put quite a lot of personal stuff on it. And because I wanted to preserve the privacy of our kids, a lot of the personal stuff was to do with our dog (latterly dogs). You can see some of the […]