The amazing Vanguardist Wines, from South Australia

I was really pleased to try these wines (thanks to Christina Rasmussen for getting these samples to me). They’re from a relatively new project, Vanguardist, which is a collaboration between three people, Alexandra Maurisset, Edouard Maurisset-Latour and Michael Corbett. Corbett is the winemaker, and is based in the Clare Valley, but he’s a Kiwi: the three [...]

Niagara Riesling: some treats from Cave Spring, Flat Rock and Vineland

On my mini-trip to Niagara last week I got to try a few very nice Rieslings that served to remind me just how well this grape variety does in Niagara. I tasted some Cave Spring Rieslings at dinner with Angelo Pavan (pictured above), then squeezed in a quick tasting of some older Rieslings with Ed [...]

In Austria: tasting exciting older 1er cru wines from the Österreichischer Traditionsweingüter members

Michi Moosbrugger, chair of the OTW

Austria is making some wonderful wines at the moment, and this tasting was a chance to look back at some of the Rieslings from ‘Erste Lagens’ (which translates as ‘Premier Crus’) in the winegrowing area unofficially known as the Danube area, from the regions that are taking part in [...]

Brooks: Pinot Noir and Riesling from this top Oregon estate

The view from the Brooks tasting room

Brooks is one of Oregon’s unsung stars. Their 14 000 case production is split among many small lots, with the largest fermentation in the winery occurring in 2.5 ton fermenters. They source from a range of growers. They’ve also focused more on a direct to consumer model, which [...]

Texsom: Germany's finest - VDP Grosses Gewächs

This TexSom tasting focused on Grosses Gewächs: these are wines produced from top vineyard sites in Germany by members of a high-end producers club called the VDP, which began life in 1910. As with all things to do with German wine, things are complicated, and explaining the details of how the VDP’s vineyard classification isn’t [...]

New Zealand Riesling masterclass, with Andrew Hedley

This masterclass focused on the variety that’s the darling of the trade but which is sadly not loved so much by consumers: Riesling. It was led by Andrew Hedley of Framingham (left), and Bob Campbell (right), leading Kiwi winewriter. Andrew is arguably New Zealand’s leading proponent of this grape variety, and he explained the sorts [...]

An excellent older Alsace Riesling

This is a lovely wine: a 21 year old Alsace Riesling that’s in a perfect place right now. It’s all about the terroir, and this wine transmits place beautifully. Note: Altenberg de Bergbieten is not related to Altenberg de Bergheim.

Cellier Interprofessional des Vins d’Alsace Colmar Riesling Grand Cru Altenberg de Bergbieten 1995 Alsace, France
Rich yellow [...]

Sipp Mack Riesling Tradition 2009 Alsace

A real-time tasting note on this wine, which is in my glass now. It’s an older Alsace Riesling. From a very warm vintage, this is a dry-styled Riesling from Sipp-Mack. Sealed with a screw cap, this is fresher and brighter than I was expecting. It’s a really nice wine.

Sipp-Mack Riesling Tradition 2009 Alsace, France
13% alcohol. [...]

Von Buhl: an estate reborn, with incredible Rieslings from the Pfalz

Mathieu Kauffmann with his dopplestücks

Today I visited Riechsrat von Buhl. This was once on the the great wine estates not just of Germany, but in the world. Over the years, bits of the estate had been sold, and it ended up at its current size of just over 50 hectares of vineyard. However, its [...]

Falling in love with German wine

So I have been in Germany for six days now (including the arrival day, and today which has just started, which makes four days of visiting and tasting). This has been a good trip and I have learned quite a bit. This trip has also focused on three regions which I didn’t know all that [...]