A great lunch with Clos des Goisses, Leoville Barton, Ducru Beaucaillou and others

Occasionally it is good to have a treat. So on Sunday, brother-in-law Beavington and I hatched a plan. He was sans famille, with my father staying. So why not invite me over for lunch? My father isn’t drinking at the moment, and without the usual hordes it was safe to bring some good stuff out [...]

Video: epic blind rose tasting

The sun was shining yesterday on our family gathering, so it was a great chance to do a blind rose tasting, looking at Provence rose ranging in price from £8 to £80 a bottle. How did we get on? Watch the video.

Time for some Provence rose

So we skipped straight from winter into summer. Here in the UK, spring was a no-show. It got bumped.

For the last two days we’ve been enjoying temperatures in the high 20s. Very nice.

It’s time to get out the rose. Pink wines are a bit of a strange category for wine geeks. They are what I [...]

Two Provencale roses that I really like

Rose tends to be a functional sort of wine. You enjoy it in the right circumstances, but don’t really feel like writing a long essay on it. And I find it hard to think of many pink bottles that really excite.

Well, here are two Provencale roses that I found quite serious. They’re texturally interesting and [...]

Mirabeau: a Provence rose with social media support

Here’s a great example of how to market wine in the age of social media. Normally, another Provence rose coming onto the market would be treated with a big yawn. There are plenty of them already, and they can tend to look and taste the same. So how do you differentiate yours from the others, [...]