Results of the ML wines competition, 2014

A few weeks ago I posted about the ML wines competition held by Lallemand in Madrid.

The results are now out (click on the image below to see it full size as a pdf).

Some old pictures, and thoughts on permanence

Today I have been sorting through some old pictures. They’re really old, some as far back as 1970. I’ve changed a lot since then.

The wine world has changed a lot since then, too. But still, compared with our lifespan, wine has a sense of permanence. It is rooted in the place, and the place is [...]

Music and wine

Heraclitus was right. You can’t step in the same stream twice. The stream is ever changing and you are changed by your experience of the stream.

It’s like that with wine and music.

You can’t listen to the same piece of music twice. I remember as a teenager that sense of anticipation as I put a new [...]

Novelty at the expense of quality?

Star wine writer Jancis Robinson’s latest FT column is worth a read. You can find it here.

She is focusing on the quest for novelty in the wine world, and whether it comes at the expense of quality. The article was prompted by the recent rant by Robert Parker, which Jancis quotes:

What we also have [...]

Zorah Karasi, a remarkable Armenian wine

One of the most interesting encounters I had at today’s Liberty Wine tasting was with Armenia, the land-locked country hemmed in by Georgia, Ajerbaijan, Iran and Turkey. This broader area is widely regarded to be the birthplace of wine, and the wine in question that I tasted today is Zorah’s now famous Karasi.

I had [...]

Recently on the main wineanorak site

Some recent articles on the main wineanorak site, which – if you just visit this blog – you might have missed.

Blandy’s: a profile of this important Madeira company, with a tasting back
to the early 19th century
Dirler-Cadé: a great tasting at this biodynamic Alsace producer
Bouchard Finlayson: part 2, visiting South Africa’s Hemel-en-Aarde region
Delheim: part 7, Stellenbosch [...]

A year in the life of a winewriter, 2013

It has been a good year. Not always straightforward, but rewarding. One measure of the success of a year is how much I have learned, and this year I have learned a great deal. Here are some of the highlights.

First trip of the year, a brief visit to Bordeaux, to talk at a conference on [...]

On fake wine

So, Rudy Kurniawan is the first person to be convicted in the USA by a Federal Court of counterfeiting wine. It seems that the fine wine auction market is awash with fakes, and the auction houses haven’t been up to the task of authenticating the lots that have been consigned with them. It has been [...]

Wines of the year, 2013

So, here are my wines of the year. It’s a strict meritocracy, I am afraid, and as this has been a very good year, it looks a little boastful. I have tried to restrict the list to wines that I have actually drunk rather than just tasted. Here goes.

I’m starting with the Shobrook Giallo 2011, [...]

New Kiwi wines from Rod Easthope

I first met Rod Easthope when he was winemaker at Craggy Range, based in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, back in 2008. I met him again in 2010 at the Hawkes Bay Syrah symposium, when he gave a deeply impressive talk on Kiwi Syrah. And then again, I met him in Wellington in January this year, [...]