Honest opinions on big brand wines (3) Lindemans Bin 65 Chardonnay

 

Wine critics rarely talk about the most popular wines. I thought it would be interesting to do a thorough, honest review of a range of big brand wines, so I went and bought 9 bottles from various supermarkets and tasted them on camera. Wine 3 in this series is the Lindemans Bin 65 Chardonnay.

Lindemans Bin […]

Cancel it! A cultural disease

Portlandia has its finger on the pulse here:

 

It’s a modern disease. People put stuff in their diaries – they agree to do something – and then they cancel. In a social setting, this is just disappointing and a bit annoying, but for those trying to run a business, it’s a big problem.

Restaurants suffer greatly from […]

Honest opinions on big brand wines (2) Yellow Tail Chardonnay

Wine critics rarely talk about the most popular wines. I thought it would be interesting to do a thorough, honest review of a range of big brand wines, so I went and bought 9 bottles from various supermarkets and tasted them on camera.

The second wine in this series is from Aussie giant Yellow Tail, and […]

Exploring the beauty of the Oregon coast, staying at the spectacular Headlands Coastal Lodge & Spa

Next time you are visiting Willamette Valley wine country, add an extra day onto your schedule, brave the tsunami warnings and head to the Oregon coast. It is beautiful. This was my second visit: last time I stayed in Cannon Beach, which was lovely. But this visit, to Pacific City, was even better, in large […]

Honest opinions on big brand wines (1) Apothic Inferno

Wine critics rarely talk about the most popular wines. I thought it would be interesting to do a thorough, honest review of a range of big brand wines, so I went and bought 9 bottles from various supermarkets and tasted them on camera.

I began with a rather controversial wine: the Apothic Inferno, which is a […]

Château Brown 2004

I’ve just been reunited with some of my wine. When I got divorced a few years back, I had left some wine at my ex-house. My ex-wife’s new partner kindly relocated this to one of his storage units (she’s done well second time round, he’s a nice guy). He recently returned the wine to me, […]

In the Okanagan judging the Lieutenant Governor's Awards

I’m in Canada’s Okanagan Valley judging the BC Lieutenant Governor’s Awards. We’re assessing 750 wines from the province over two days. It’s really nice to hang here with a great group of Canadian judges. Of these wines, around 200 got bronze, 100 silver and 60 golds. We’re currently judging the gold medal wines to find […]

In the vineyards of Southern California, searching for forgotten gems with Abe Schoener

Lopez

So we drove south from Los Angeles, to check on a couple of special old vineyards. I was with Abe Schoener and Christina Rasmussen, who’s spending vintage at his new urban winery next to the LA river.

Abe Schoener

First stop was an unusual location for a vineyard. At the intersection of a couple of […]

Back at Brat, one of London's top restaurants

Langoustines

Revisited Brat, this time for lunch. Love this place.

Small leeks

Chopped egg salad and bottarga

Soused sardines

Blood pudding, beans and figs

Roasted greens

Smoked potatoes

Duck

We had two bottles – Telmo’s fab Gaba do Xil Godello, and this – the amazing Lousas from Envinate, a really elegant, fragrant, ethereal wine

Six Kiwi Pinot Noirs

While I was in Tokyo last week I did a seminar on New Zealand Pinot Noir with Akihiko Yamamoto, a well-known local wine writer. After a presentation on New Zealand’s various wine regions, we discussed these wines with the group, and he asked me questions about how they were made, how this might affect the […]