The remarkable Penfolds recorking clinic comes to London

Since 1991, celebrated Australian producer Penfolds have been running a series of recorking clinics for owners of bottles of their wines that are over 15 years old. ‘We’ve recorked/certified over 120 000 bottles,’ says chief winemaker Peter Gago, who was hosting this London event, the first to be held here since 2008.

Peter Gago with [...]

Canada's finest? Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Norman Hardie

On my recent trip to Canada, one of my favourite experiences (of many good ones) was visiting Norman Hardie in Prince Edward County. He’s making some brilliant Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and so I was delighted to find out that The Wine Society are bringing in a couple of his wines. They’ve chosen very well: [...]

Musar 2005, the Moose is on good form

I just love Chateau Musar, the famous Lebanese wine from the Bekaa Valley. It’s a remarkable wine: one that technically possesses a number of wine faults, but which just seems to work. It’s slightly oxidative. It has relatively high volatile acidity. It shows some characteristics of Brettanomyces. But it is delicious, and ages beautifully. The [...]

Selfie wine tasting video 1 - Tokaji Eszencia four times!

I thought it might be quite fun to do some ‘selfie’ videos of wine tasting, taken on my camera phone, in situ.

Here I taste Tokaji Eszencia, a remarkable, intensely sweet wine made from the free run juice from aszu berries. It’s very low in alcohol, amazingly high in sugar, and rare and very expensive.

This is [...]

London Cru, an urban winery in Earls Court

It’s 8 am on a Wednesday morning in September, and I’m in a slightly sketchy part of west London, just down the road from the Earls Court exhibition centre. There’s an articulated lorry waiting in the street.

I think I’ve found what I have been looking for. Yes, tucked in behind a block of council houses, there’s a lock-up [...]

Video: visiting Shvo Vineyard, Upper Galilee, Israel

I have just written up my visit to Shvo, a wonderful vineyard run by the talented Gaby Sadan in Upper Galilee, Israel. You can read the full report here. I’ve also uploaded a short film of the visit:

Me, on video, talking about Canadian wines

On Sunday morning, after a few hours’ sleep on a couch, I was interviewed by the charming Konrad Ebjich, about my impressions on Canadian wine. I thought Konrad asked some good questions. You can watch the video here:

There’s also another video of me, caught on Monday evening at the fabulous Enoteca Ascari in Toronto, by [...]

Video: time to taste some Riesling

So, here I taste, on camera, two different Rieslings. One from Australia’s Eden Valley; one from Alsace. I like them both.

Video: the rare varieties tasting with Dr Jose Vouillamoz

Here’s the video from the rare grape varieties tasting conducted by Dr Jose Vouillamoz at the London Wine Trade Fair this week, organized by the Circle of Wine Writers. I’d agreed to film it for them (I am on the committee), even though I was a little concerned that filming a tasting would actually be [...]

Video: visiting Sancerre by helicopter

Here’s a short film shot from my recent visit to the famous Loire village of Sancerre, by chopper. It proved quite an eventful journey: on the way, the door I was sitting next to came open. It looked quite a long way down. The pilot had to land in a field in order for me [...]