Sendiäna, a new wine from Lebanon

Lebanon has a 5000 year history of wine growing. This is a new wine from Caves de Monastere St Jean, which is based in a monastery in the mountains of Mount Lebanon. They’ve been making wines since 2006, but this is the first under the Sendiäna label. The grapes are sourced from the monastery’s own [...]

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 [...]

Some interesting wines at cricket

On Friday I spent the afternoon playing cricket. Yes, more play. Less work. Still striving after the elusive balance. It was for the Wine Trade XI, against a touring Aussie team, Canterbury Cricket Club from Melbourne, at Hampton Wick. In a 40 over game, a relatively strong Wine Trade bowling attack kept them to 157-9, [...]

A big night out at the chief's!

Feeling a little tired after a wonderful evening at the chief’s last night. The chief is Harpers editor Richard Siddle, who convened a gathering of chums to eat and drink well together at his pad in Clapham. It was a very late night, but the company and the wines made it worthwhile. The evening began [...]