Video: day 3 of ProWein 2017

Some highlights from the third and final day of ProWein 2017. I should add that these highlight films are not meant to be representative of the fair. Most people are there to do huge deals and very serious business. I’m there to earn money from seminars (something I’m quite good at – doing the seminars, [...]

Video: day 2 of ProWein 2017

So here’s a quick film from the second day of ProWein 2017, the global wine fair held each year in Düsseldorf, Germany. I spent quite a bit of the day doing seminars, which aren’t featured here. The scale of ProWein is hard to grasp unless you’ve actually been there, and walked 15 km in a [...]

Video: day 1 of ProWein 2017

 

Canadian wine journalist Treve Ring and I have been doing some filming each day at ProWein, 2017. With 58 000 visitors this year, it’s a huge wine trade fair, and it would be impossible to catch all of it. So this film just highlights a few wines and winemakers, as well as giving you a [...]

Day 1, ProWein

Day 1 at ProWein was a busy one. This wine trade fair, with 55 000 attendees, is huge. It’s daunting in scale, so you have to have quite a good plan about what you are going to do next, or else you can end up walking aimlessly through the cavernous halls, and gradually lose the [...]

A pre-ProWein tasting of some lovely Australian wines

On the eve of ProWein, Wine Australia put on a tasting of some really interesting Australian wines. Here are my notes on some of my favourites.

Bellwether Vermentino 2014 Heathcote, Australia
This is a distinctive white wine that’s mineral, stony and lemony with nice delicacy and hints of juniper. Lots of interest here. 92/100

Soumah Single Vineyard Hesham [...]

Blind Spot: Mac Forbes makes great value Aussie wines for The Wine Society

Blind Spot is a range of own-label wines made for The Wine Society by Mac Forbes. They’re great value, and made in quite an elegant style. I like them a lot, although the Pinot Noir will be too volatile for some. The Garganega, especially, is really beautiful for the price.

Blind Spot Garganega 2016 King Valley, [...]

Some fine wines at Ellory, with Texier, Stephan, Foradori, Le Soula, Bosman

Had some lovely wines last night with Angela Jordaan and Thor Gudmundsson at the fabulous Ellory (thoroughly recommended: really good small plates style menu and excellent wine list). Here are my notes.

Bosman Optenhorst Chenin Blanc 2014 Wellington, South Africa
From vines planted in 1952, making this South Africa’s fourth oldest Chenin vineyard. Natural ferment, one-third in concrete, [...]

Highlights from the Washington State and Oregon tasting

These were some of the highlights from this week’s Washington State and Oregon tasting. Some really lovely wines from the Pacific Northwest.

Gramercy Cellars Forgotten Hills Syrah 2014 Walla Walla, Washington State, USA
From the coolest vineyard in Walla Walla this is a deliciously nuanced Syrah made from grapes harvested in October. It’s fresh, livey and peppery with [...]

Fun in Athens: a wine shop and two wine bars

I really enjoyed Athens. On the first evening we popped into Mr Vertigo, a brilliant wine shop (and importing company) run by Giannis Signos (above). He gave us a taste of some Greek wines from a producer in Cephalonia, and they were just brilliant.

Sclavos Vino di Sasso Robola de Céphalonie 2015 Greece
From limestone soils. Amazing [...]

On beginnings and endings, and making sense of loss

Everything has a beginning; everything has an end.

There are beginnings of endings and endings of beginnings.

I’ve been thinking about these things for a while. A couple of weeks ago I was on Vancouver Island, sitting on a beach in Ross Bay, Victoria. It was a beautiful, still, late winter day, with milky sunshine just about [...]