Dr Loosen Red Slate Riesling

I’m giving away the fact that I’m a wine trade person (of sorts, do journalists count as wine trade?) by pimping another Riesling. We wine trade folk love Riesling, but no on else seems to. Still, it’s MY blog and so I get to decide what appears here, OK?

This is a really lovely dry German [...]

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 [...]

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.

Lunch at the Glasshouse

Brian Smith of Elgin Ridge

Had a great lunch at the Glasshouse, Kew on Monday, with Brian Smith, a now-biodynamic winegrower in Elgin, South Africa. I first met Brian and his wife Marion at the same restaurant just over a year ago (so my blog tells me), and they’ve now got to the point where they [...]

A first for me, Canadian Riesling

So, to celebrate Canadian wine day, a Canadian Riesling. It’s pretty good: if I’d have tasted it blind I would have guessed New Zealand, I think. I normally don’t go in for this ‘day’ thing (there are just too many of them), but I’m heading to Canada for the first time next month so I [...]

Day 5 in South Africa

I stayed overnight at the lovely Schulphoek guest house, a short distance along from Hermanus. It’s a lovely spot, and in the morning I went for a run along the sea front, along a beautiful coastal path. This was soul-restoring.

Back at the guest house, Peter-Allan Finlayson rocked up to show me his wines. His Hemel en [...]

Two promising Rieslings from Chile

I may be in a minority, but I reckon Chile’s whites are a bit more interesting than reds at the moment.

And Riesling, although it’s still quite rare here, could be particularly interesting.

Here’s a contrasting pair that I’ve recently tried, from rather different terroirs.

Gran Valle de Niebla Reserve Riesling 2011 Bio Bio, Chile
Made by Cono Sur, [...]

New Zealand, day 2, Pegasus Bay in the Waipara

Ivan Donaldson

There’s a great story behind Waipara winery Pegasus Bay, which was the second visit of my New Zealand tour.

Back in 1976, Christchurch neurologist Ivan Donaldson had caught the wine bug, and with some of his medical friends planted a 1 acre vineyard in a cold spot on the outskirts of the city. He [...]

Riesling focus, 2: Ostertag Vignoble d'E

Over the last year, I have fallen in love with Alsace. Along with the Mosel and Austria, it is one of the world’s top destinations for Riesling. Here’s a cracking example. This is one of Andre Ostertag’s vins de fruit, where the objective is the primary expression of the variety above that of the terroir. [...]

Riesling focus, 1: Neudorf Brightwater Riesling 2007 Nelson, New Zealand

It’s the grape variety that wine trade peeps and wine geeks love, but which is (apparently) impossible to sell. So it’s just my sort of thing. I’m going to focus on it here on my blog, beginning with this wine, which I was served blind the other day.

Neudorf Brightwater Riesling 2007 Nelson, New Zealand
My notes, written [...]