Headed over to Denbies wine estate today, in Dorking, Surrey, for a meeting of Elevage. Elevage is the organization I’m involved with that runs the International Sparkling Wine Symposium (ISWS). The last one was held last November, and we are in the stages of planning the next. (If you’d like to get hold of a [...]
Clearing out my wine racks today to see what’s there and what needs to be drunk. Found my entire production of 2010 Pinot Noir. A single bottle.
Let me explain. I have some vines in the back garden: Bacchus, Phoenix, Huxelrebe and Pinot Noir. Last year I didn’t harvest a crop, but the year before I did. [...]
Much against my better judgement, I found myself persuaded to venture into London today for the river pageant celebrating the Queen’s diamond jubilee.
I knew it would be crowded. I knew the weather was rotten. And I suspected we’d get stuck coming home, as a million people all headed for the mainline stations all at the [...]
Two very nice sparkling wines: one from Kiwi land and one from over here. Both pretty serious, and not expensive.
Huia Blanc de Blancs 2005 Marlborough, New Zealand
I’d been very impressed by the 2004, so I was keen to try this, the follow-on vintage. Just as good. Attractive, rich, toasty nose with a sweet creamy edge. [...]
Table 9: hard working, uncomplaining!
Day 2 of the International Wine Challenge, and it was a big one. The team I was working with tasted 160 wines today. A lot by any standard, and by the end we couldn’t have done many more and still have done a good job. This is week 1, where [...]
English fizz is getting a lot of attention. What about the table wines, or still wines, or whatever you want to call them? Here’s a Pinot Noir that’s actually incredibly drinkable. Love the admirably pure cherry fruit: it actually tastes like Pinot Noir. The Englishness shows in the green characters, but they are more good [...]
I was impressed by this. It’s a limited-production sparkling wine from a vineyard at the headquarters of Laithwaites, one of the UK’s most successful wine merchants, located in Theale, near Reading, Berkshire.
There are just 704 Chardonnay vines here, planted in 1998. The 2006 vintage, which I am tasting here, was harvested on October 3rd and [...]
OK, we all know how good the famous names of English sparkling wine are: the likes of Nyetimber, Ridgeview and Camel Valley.
Well here’s another, less well known name, making some serious sparkling wine: Breaky Bottom. This is the first wine of theirs I have tried, even though they are old timers on the English scene, [...]