Moet Grand Vintage 2004

Liked this. Moet make a lot of Champagne, and when you review the wines from a big producer, there are two dangers. The first is to be prejudiced against them because they are big. The second is to be too soft on them: you would like the big players to be doing good work because it’s [...]

A remarkable lunch at the Armourers' Hall

Today was the launch of the Pol Roger Blanc de Blancs 2002, held at the fantastic Armourers’ Hall in the City of London. Aside from the fact that we were tasting 7 vintages of this brilliantly consistent, pure and complex Champagne, one of the draws was that Pol Roger had lured star chef Brett Graham [...]

Celebrating the Wine Blog Awards with Taittinger Comtes 2000

I was thrilled to find out today that I won an award. I was shortlisted in the ‘Best Overall Wine Blog’ category in the Wine Blog Awards, and the results were announced at the Wine Bloggers Conference in Portland yesterday evening: amazingly, I won.

So to celebrate, I cracked open a bottle of Champagne. Taittinger Comtes [...]

Video: tasting Champagne - Roederer NV compared with Lanson NV

Haven’t done one of these in a while: here I am on camera, tasting two non vintage Champagnes. Roederer and Lanson.

A remarkable evening of wine, with Burgundy, the Wachau, the northern Rhone, Champagne and Sherry

Had a fabulous dinner last night at Francis and Bronwen Percival’s pad in Borough Market with a group of wine nuts, including a Burgundy-resident Californian winemaker. Some lovely bottles came out, and Francis and Bronwen’s cooking was on top form.

We started with some cheese, of course: Stawley, Kirkham’s Lancashire and Citeaux (a washed-rind cow’s milk [...]

Two Champagnes to celebrate the premiership win

I was born in the season when Manchester City last won the league. We’re talking football here (association football, or soccer, for those outside Europe).

It was called the 1st Division then. Since it has been renamed the Premiership. I’ve always been a City fan. I was born in Manchester and my family background is blue (City [...]

Clos des Goisses, Selosse and Krug

Cracking dinner last night over at my sister and brother-in-law’s pad. We decided we’d open some nice bottles, and so we began with some fizz. Initially, we’d planned on two bottles to start (between four; we had some decent Bordeaux to follow), but we got into the swing of things and b-in-law William brought out [...]

How to manage a Champagne brand, some thoughts

I’ve been thinking a bit about wine branding recently, and specifically about Champagne brands.

The large Champagne houses are skilled brand managers. It has taken a lot of hard work to get Champagne positioned the way it is now, occupying an elevated space in the wine world, and much of the work has been done by [...]

Champagne Robert Moncuit Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru NV

This is one of several wines I was recently sent by Lot18, which is a new (to the UK; it has been going for a couple of years in the USA) wine retailer specializing in selling small lots of wines to a member-only audience. I’ve not seen enough of Lot18’s offers to comment on whether [...]

Video: tasting four pink sparkling wines

A short film of me tasting four pink Sparkling wines.

 

The wines:

Hush Heath Estate Balfour Brut Rosé 2008 England
(£34.99 Waitrose, Bibendumfinewine.com, Slurp.co.uk, Sparklingenglishwine.com)
Freixenet Cava Elyssia Rosé Pinot Noir NV Spain
(£14.99 Waitrose, Tesco)
Champagne Michel Arnould & Fils Grand Cru Brut Rosé NV France
(£25.40 Tanners (http://www.tanners-wines.co.uk, 01743 234500)
Graham Beck Brut Rosé NV South Africa
(£11.99 Slurp.co.uk 0208 [...]