Guimaro Mencia 2012 from Ribeira Sacra

This is a lovely wine. It’s from the Mencia grape variety and it comes from the fabulous Ribeira Sacra wine region in Galicia, north west Spain. The vineyards are terraced, a bit like the Douro – and this region isn’t all that far from the Douro, located just north of where the Douro river becomes [...]

Vagabond, Drakes Tabanco and the Draft House, a great night out

London is an interesting place for food and drink these days. Last night I went out with buddy Daniel Primack of Around Wine to have some fun in Charlotte Street, taking in three establishments that represent the best of London’s new gastro/booze scene.

We started of at Vagabond (pictured above), which I reckon represents the future [...]

Cien y Pico, a remarkable Bobal

Spain has some brilliant old vineyards. When they get into the hands of the right people, good things happen. This is a Bobal, a grape variety that has lived in the shadows but which is attracting more attention. It’s a big, rich wine, but it isn’t over-oaked and it still has freshness.

Cien y Pico [...]

Some amazing fine wines at The Sampler

Latour 1961 in the glass

Each Christmas The Sampler puts some rather special wines on its sampling machines, and this year is no exception. I popped into the South Kensington shop to try them; Islington has a different set of wines on. They aren’t cheap, but for many of these wines it’s a once in [...]

Stunning wines from Alvaro Palacios

I have just written up the remarkable wines of Alvaro Palacios (and other family members):

Alvaro Palacios, Priorat
Descendientes de J Palacios, Bierzo
Palacios Remondo, Rioja

The top wines from Priorat and Bierzo are among Spain’s most expensive. But the good news is that the inexpensive wines from these projects are thrilling, aromatically stunning, and don’t need to be [...]

Two super Spanish wines, one red, one white, one cheap, one not

Berry Bros & Rudd have been putting a lot of work into their Spanish and Italian lists of late, and the results are very encouraging. Here are two lovely Spanish wines, at different ends of the price spectrum. They both deliver.

Telmo Rodriguez Almuvedre 2012 Alicante, Spain
Beautifully aromatic with bright cherry fruit. Floral and fresh with [...]

Raiding the incredible wine list at Rekondo, San Sebastian

Txomin Rekondo’s restaurant is a wine lover’s dream. He’s allowed his cellar to get completely out of control. With 150 000 wines, and a wine list that consists of a large book, you really need to arrive an hour early just to browse it and make your selection. You can get wines from around the [...]

In San Sebastian

How come I have not been here before? San Sebastian is a beautiful city.

I am here for www.sansebastiangastronomika.com/en/, which is a remarkable three day gastronomic festival with an amazing line-up of chefs. The theme this year is London, and so many of the top names from London are here this week that you may as [...]

Term starts again, and a tasting at the Perfect Cellar

Jose Sanfins, Chantelune

Holidays are over, and the wine tasting calendar starts again here in London. I was in town for the first tasting in a long time – a small portfolio tasting from The Perfect Cellar, a new-ish merchant with an eclectic list of small producers, and a shop presence in luxury retail space [...]

The remarkable Tenerife wines of Suertes del Marques

So excited to have discovered these wonderful wines from Suertes del Marqués, Tenerife. (Website here.)

Based in Valle de la Oratova, Tenerife, Suertes del Marqués was founded as recently in 2006. The work here is as natural as possible. They farm 9 hectares of vineyards, split into 21 plots, with altitude ranging from 350–700 metres, on [...]