Today I gave a talk on social media and the wine industry at a conference in Logrono (Rioja) organized by DIAM, the closure company. Also speaking was José Penin, author of the respected wine guide, chosen to represent the existing media. I was chosen because I have made a reputation with more modern media.
As well [...]
There are some things that I like more the older I get. I tweeted yesterday about how much I a growing to like white Rhone varieties such as Marsanne, Grenache Gris and Blanc, and Viognier. I also find that I’m appreciated Champagne more. And also Pinot Noir, which is a bit of an addiction.
Here’s a [...]
I really like this. It’s a Mosel Riesling (actually, from the Saar, which now falls under the Mosel banner), and as with all Van Volxem wines it is not in the Pradikat system: just a single wine is made, and not different levels defined by the must weight (Kabinett, Spaetlese, Auslese, etc.). This is a [...]
Most £6 wines are distinctly dull. Some are nasty. But a few are really delicious, and this is one of them. I’ll be going back to buy some more. Just a shame the summer is over, because this is the ultimate wine for lunch in the sunshine.
Dr L Riesling 2011 Mosel, Germany
8.5% alcohol. Fresh, crisp [...]
Great day out at the Oval yesterday, to watch the one day international between South Africa and England. I was with Justin Howard Sneyd of Laithwaites, and we were sitting on the first row of the OCS stand, which provided a great view, close to the action.
The game was enhanced with some lovely wine. First [...]
Like most members of the wine trade I have a fondness for Riesling. It rocks. And especially from Germany: nowhere else makes Rieslings that are quite the same. Here are two good ones, both new to me.
Pauly Lieser Niederberg ‘Helden’ Riesling Trocken 2011 Mosel, Germany
Really fine, fresh nose of melon, citrus and grapefruit. The palate [...]
We really should be drinking more German Riesling. It’s fantastic. Nowhere else quite does Riesling like Germany, even though I am partial to expressions of this variety from Austria, Alsace, New Zealand and Australia.
Here are two that I have enjoyed today – both from the Rheingau. We are experiencing unseasonally warm weather here in the [...]
It’s Riesling weather. Warm and spring-like. Here are two that I’ve recently enjoyed.
Fritz’s Riesling 2009 Rheinhessen, Germany
11% alcohol. This is what Riesling needs to do to revive its popularity. Nicely packaged, this has a pithy, limey nose with some ripe apple notes. The palate shows pear, apple, lemon and melon notes. It’s fresh and off-dry [...]
Isn’t Riesling wonderful? And Germany’s top properties seem to be able to achieve things almost effortlessly with this grape, and at reasonable prices, when compared with most other regions worldwide. This wine is from Roman Niewodniscanski’s Saar estate, and it’s a really superb example of complex dry Riesling that’s drinking well now. I don’t think [...]
This is a strong contender for one of the best value whites of the year, at the discounted price of £7.99. It’s from a producer I reviewed a short while ago, Prinz von Hessen.
Prinz von Hessen Riesling Kabinett Trocken 2008 Rheingau, Germany
11.5% alcohol. Taut lime and lemon nose with a hint of honey. The palate [...]