Takaki Okada's after-vintage hangi

I landed in New Zealand just in time to catch Takaki Okada’s (Folium Vineyard) after-vintage hangi. For the last few years Takaki has hosted this event. A hangi is a traditional Māori way of cooking, and it involves burying the food in a pit after lighting a fire. A few hours later, the hangi is […]

New rosés from Mirabeau en Provence

I’ve written before here about rosés from ambitious, innovative new negociant Mirabeau. Here are the latest releases: now four wines in the range, and they each have their place.

Mirabeau en Provence 2017 Côtes de Provence, France
13% alcohol
Screwcapped (tin/saran liner). Pale salmon pink in colour with a nice rounded, slightly creamy texture and appealing redcurrant and […]

Pierre Cotton, an exciting young winegrower in Brouilly, Beaujolais

Pierre Cotton’s family domaine is perched next door to the vineyards heading up the slope of Mont Brouilly. He’s one of the talented next generation of winegrowers in the region, and came to winemaking at the family domaine after a spell as a motorcycle mechanic and then two years working in the Loire.

He began in […]

Gonzalez Byass Tio Pepe Fino En Rama - 2018 release

I’m really enjoying this. It’s the latest release of the Tio Pepe Fino En Rama. Now produced every year, this is Fino sherry fresh from the cask, and it has amazing flavour and aroma. [Read more about it in the links below if you aren’t familiar with the style.]

Gonzalez Byass Tio Pepe Fino En Rama […]

The long-awaited first sparkling wines from Rathfinny, Sussex, UK

Mark Driver, owner, Rathfinny

Today, after lots of anticipation, the first sparkling wines from Rathfinny were launched. It’s an ambitious project, and one that has been much talked about, and so it was great to finally get to taste these wines. The long and short of it is that they are very good, and this […]

New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc: a great dinner celebrating this variety at Tredwells

Chantelle Nicholson introduces the food, with some of the dishes

Last night I went to a brilliant dinner at Tredwells. Food by the talented Chantelle Nicholson was paired with a fabulous range of 12 Sauvignons from New Zealand, selected by Mel Brown of The New Zealand Cellar.

The great things about this selection is that explored […]

Quinta do Montalto, a Lisboa producer experimenting with amphorae and medieval wine

Quinta do Montalto is an organic producer in the Lisboa region of Portugal. The family domain consists of 15.5 hectares of vines, and the current proprietor is fifth generation André Valério (pictured above). He’s taking quite an experimental approach, and is now working with amphorae (know locally as Talhas).

He tells me that some people […]

Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2007

Lovely to be able to taste this – a pre-release bottle of the new vintage of Comtes de Champagne (read more about Taittinger’s Comtes here). It’s a really cracking vintage of this prestige cuvée.

Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2007 France
This is quite beautiful. There’s lovely concentration of citrus fruit with some subtle hazelnut and toast, as […]

Lovely wines with Daniel and Eric at 67 Pall Mall

Had a lovely dinner last night with Daniel Primack and Eric Solomon at 67 Pall Mall. We enjoyed some really nice wines, and these are brief notes from memory: I was too busy chatting to take notes (although I did manage one on my phone for the last wine). All three of us like to […]

Video: a day at the International Wine Challenge 2018

A short film of a day’s judging at the International Wine Challenge.