The first week of the International Wine Challenge

So, the first week of the International Wine Challenge is over. I’ve had a nice weekend to recover (the poor team, however, have been busy all weekend sorting out the flights for week 2), and we judges have a day off tomorrow. Then it’s back to work on Tuesday: the exciting bit – deciding which [...]

Four lovely wines at The Remedy: Hungary, Sicily, Germany, Spain

Had a lovely evening at The Remedy, one of London’s most interesting wine destinations. And, on Monday, a decent selection of wines at half price! Four memorable wines consumed.

Pósta Borház Kadarka 2012 Szekzárd, Hungary14% alcohol. Kadarka is such an interesting red variety. It’s a bit like Pinot Noir, a bit like Saint Laurent. And in [...]

Day 1 of the International Wine Challenge

So yesterday was the first day of the International Wine Challenge. For the next two weeks I will be doing what most closely resembles a normal job: getting up early and commuting into town (well, Vauxhall, which is quite convenient for me, 30 minutes door to door), working 9-5 and then commuting home.

It’s an enjoyable [...]

Do one thing well

The attention of the sporting world is focused on Augusta, Georgia at the moment. It’s the Masters, one of the four leading golf tournaments collectively known as the majors. Now golf is a little bit of a sad sport, I know, but I have an affection for it, and I love watching the Masters. I [...]

On spring, and dogs

Back when I started this blog, in September 2001 (blogging ancient history), I used to put quite a lot of personal stuff on it. And because I wanted to preserve the privacy of our kids, a lot of the personal stuff was to do with our dog (latterly dogs). You can see some of the [...]

Some highlights from the Tesco press tasting today

Today was the Tesco press tasting, held at the Hospital Club in Endell Street. I headed there, fresh back from Cape Town this morning, after stopping off at home to greet the dogs (every time I travel they must wonder whether I will be coming back) and have a quick bath.

Here are some wines that [...]

Three interesting additions to the Wine Society's own label range

The Wine Society is one of my current favourite retailers. Good buying, and honest pricing, with relatively low margins and no special offers. They have just added three wines to their own label range, and they are sourced from interesting producers, so I was intrigued to see how they tasted.

The Society’s Exhibition Douro 2011 Portugal
From [...]

Returning to running

So, a month ago, I injured my knee skiing. I haven’t seen a doctor but I’m pretty sure, after some internet research, that it’s a medial ligament sprain, a very common injury for skiers. [Doctors must really hate idiots like me who self-diagnose, but I’ve enough experience of my GP that I know I won’t [...]

(Not) meeting Robert Parker

This week Robert Parker was in town. The most famous wine critic of all: a true wine celebrity. And he was holding a press conference! This was quite a thing.

I was very excited. While I know some of the Wine Advocate team (I have spent quite a bit of time with both Luis and Neal), [...]

Should we take pictures of food and wine in restaurants?

I love instagram and twitter. And facebook. Wouldn’t it be great if one day I didn’t need to do any proper work – just taking instagrams, writing tweets, posting to facebook. That would be epic! I am moving towards it, little by little.

What’s that? I heard you: this Goode chap doesn’t do any proper work [...]