So here it is: the second annual Champagne blind tasting. Brother-in-law William and I taste a range of top Champagnes blind, including three ringers (two of which are from England). We’re assisted by my brother Arthur who plays a cameo role somewhere in the middle. The results are interesting, and for me a little unexpected. [...]
Really like this video from Teusner in Australia’s Barossa Valley. It shows the process of disgorging sparkling Shiraz – but this is the same process used for many sparkling wines and Champagnes. The fact that it’s done by hand here is quite fun. The objective is to freeze the plug of yeast cells from the [...]
Very interested to get a chance to drink this new wine. It’s a pink fizz from one of the UK’s top sparkling wine producers, Nyetimber. This is the first Nyetimber release to be made by winemaker Cherie Spriggs, who joined in 2007. Initially, just 1500 bottles were released; the plan is to make a larger [...]
First day’s judging at the Sparkling Wine Review is underway her at Denbies Wine Estate in Surrey.
It’s a completely new sort of benchmarking exercise, and we’re very excited about it.
This is a crazy, crazy wine, but it really works. It’s a sparkling ice wine.
Inniskillin Vidal Sparkling Ice Wine 2006 Niagara Peninsula, Canada
9% alcohol. Made like an ice wine, with grapes picked at -10 C, this is a bit different: it’s gently sparkling. Gold/bronze in colour, with residual sugar of 230 g/litre, it’s viscous and [...]
I’m involved with an exciting new project: the Sparkling Wine Review.
It’s a benchmarking exercise for sparkling wines, and this November will see its debut. Producers from around the world send in their sparkling wines for assessment by an expert panel, and as well as scoring the wines (a bit like a competition), they get a benchmarking report [...]