Asterley Bros Dispense Amaro, where England meets Sicily

Had this the other night at the fab Luca. It’s an English Amaro from Asterley Bros.

I nurture a secret affection for Amaros. It stems from my time with the Canadians, judging the National Wine Awards for the last five years, and visiting often. The Canadian crew have a big thing about Amaros, and in particular, […]

Some highlights from the Wine Society (2 of 2)

Some more highlights from The Wine Society tasting on Thursday.

Barbadillo Solear Manzanilla NV Spain
£5.95 The Wine Society
15% alcohol
This is such a bargain. Salty, tangy and yeasty this has nice bright fresh apple and citrus fruity notes, in an elegant, bright style. Nice purity. 91/100

Avaniel 2017 Ribeira del Duero, Spain
£8.25 The Wine Society
13.5% alcohol
Fine, fresh, aromatic […]

Some highlights from The Wine Society (part 1 of 2)

Some lovely wines, as usual, at The Wine Society press tasting yesterday. Here’s my first six-pack of good buys. Lots to like in the £10-15 range, which is handy.

Domaine Sylvain Pataille Bourgogne Aligoté 2016 Burgundy, France
£12.50 The Wine Society
13% alcohol
Fermented in 500 litre barrels. Fine and lemony with lovely pear fruit richness and a subtle […]

Werlitsch Ex Vero, an amazing wine from Styria, Austria

Had this delicious wine from southern Styria winery Werlitsch at Newcomer Wines in Dalston. Newcomer has a brilliant selection of wine, focusing on Austria but taking in interesting natural/authentic wines from elsewhere, too. And you drink in for a £10 corkage fee, which makes this place one of the best for drinking great wine in […]

Wine Mechanics, an urban winery in Gothenburg, Sweden

I arrived at an industrial estate in Gothenburg, in search of Wine Mechanics, an urban winery. The Uber driver didn’t know where it was, but when I spotted a grape conveyor and a receival bin, I reckoned we were at the right place. This was the meat packing district, a bit out of town, and […]

Aperitivo with Luca x Martini

I was at Luca again tonight. The second time in a week, and I really love this restaurant. Tonight it was a chance to capture the Aperitivo moment, in a collaboration between Luca and Martini. I am quite a fan of vermouths and bitters, and cocktails based on these, so this was a fun prospect.

The […]

Gamay 43, Jean-Paul Thevenet Morgon Vieilles Vignes 2015

Had this with a bunch of other Beaujolais wines at Wine Mechanics in Gothenburg. It’s such a lovely wine: dense, concentrated, yet elegant. One of the good examples of 2015,

Jean-Paul Thevenet Morgon Vieilles Vignes 2015 Beaujolais, France
Complex and dense, but pure with lovely black cherry and plum fruit. Brooding and quite structured with some grip, […]

Two lovely Syrahs from Dard & Ribo

Dard & Ribo are one of the top producers of the Northern Rhône, but unless you hang in natural wine circles you probably won’t have heard of them. The hallmark of their wines is incredible purity of fruit, and massive drinkability. René-Jean Dard and François Ribo began working together in the early 1980s, and launched […]

Cape Wine (6) exploring Italian grape varieties in South Africa

What is it with Italy’s grape varieties? They are really interesting in Italy, but seldom travel well. Still, they attract their devotees, and they are planted in a range of different locales globally. This tasting focused on Italian varieties grown in South Africa, and it was hosted by Roberta Bottega who is from the family […]

Tasting 2015 Barbarescos and 2014 Barolos with Gaia Gaja

The articulate Gaia Gaja was in town to showcase her 2015 single vineyard Barbaresco releases, as well as the 2014 Barolos.

Perhaps Gaja’s greatest achievement as a producer has been to raise the status of Barbaresco, which has emerged a little from the shadow of its big brother Barolo. Langhe has two prestigious sub-regions: within the […]