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 [...]

Ojuel Supurao, a remarkable, traditional, sweet red Rioja

Website: http://ojuelwine.com

This is something quite unique. It’s a sweet red wine from Rioja, made by Ojuel, a small winery whose focus is on making an old-style sweet wine from dried grapes which has all but disappeared from the region.

In the past, before the industrialization of winemaking in the region, people would typically roam the vineyard [...]

The Flower and the Bee, a wonderful Treixadura from Ribeiro

I love this wine. it’s beautifully packaged, and its contents are great, too. From the northwest of Spain, and specifically the Ribeiro appellation, it’s a varietal Treixadura (in neighbouring Vinho Verde region of Portugal, it is known as Trajadura). This wine has depth of flavour plus freshness, and it’s quite distinctive.

Coto de Gomariz The Flower [...]

Four decades of Beronia Gran Reserva Rioja

I recently got the chance to taste (and drink) Beronia Gran Reserva Rioja from three different decades, spanning four decades in all, which was pretty cool. I’m not the greatest fan of traditional-styled Rioja, but when it’s good, it’s very good, and it can age brilliantly.

These three bottles were all compelling. The 1982 perhaps showing [...]