Vignes Préphylloxérique: a Tannat made from ungrafted vines planted in 1871

For the last few days I have been with Plaimont Producteurs in southwest France. They are a sizeable company who source from 5000 hectares of vines and make 38 million bottles of wine each year, from the appellations of Saint Mont, Madiran and Côtes de Gascogne. As well as making lots of good quality, characterful [...]

Japan eating: Omi beef sukiyaki at Restaurant Moroshima

Omi beef, thinly sliced

Another great meal in Japan; another stop in this great gastronomic journey. This time, Omi beef sukiyaki at Restaurant Morishima, in Omi-hachaman in the Shiga prefecture not far from Kyoto.

Omi beef sashimi

This is a restaurant devoted to Omi beef. This is one of the top three types of Wagyu beef, [...]

An amazing meal at Houraiken, Nagoya, with Japanese wine

Hot on the heels of one of the most memorable meals of my life a few days ago in Tokyo, I had a very special experience last night, dining at the main restaurant of Houraiken in Nagoya (they have three branches). Houraiken is an old, traditional restaurant whose speciality is eel (unagi).

Here is a short [...]

Sushi Nishimura, Tokyo, with Chablis and Assyrtiko to match

I had one of the most amazing meals of my life in Tokyo. I was lucky enough to dine at Sushi Nishimura with Kenichi Ohashi, Yamamoto Akihiko and Moto Okoshi. This is a beautiful, small restaurant in Roppongi run by chef/owner Fumiteru Nishimura. We enjoyed a succession of amazing dishes, and compared the sushi-matching abilities [...]

Eben Sadie shows his wines and describes his philosophy (with video)

[Eben Sadie, in a suit, in the glam surroundings of the Lanesborough Hotel in London. Fortunately even these can't keep him down. He was his usual thoughtful, opinionated self. He really cares, and he understands wine deeply. But he's also fun.]

It was great to catch up with Eben Sadie, Swartland pioneer and one of South [...]

Video: in Elgin for the Chardonnay Colloquium

Here’s a film from my recent visit to South Africa’s Egin wine region for the Chardonnay Colloquium:

Videos of Germany wine regions

I’ve just uploaded some short films from visits to German wine regions. It’s a very exciting time for German wine right now, and there are lots of interesting things being made, and not only Rieslings.

Karl H. Joyner, Baden:

Schnaitmann, Württemberg

Fürst, Franconia

Leitz, Rheingau

Gunderloch, Rheinhessen

Donnhoff, Nahe

Loosen, Mosel

Villa Wolf, Pfalz

Jean Stodden, Ahr

Video: in the spectacular Mosel region with Ernie Loosen

The Mosel is one of the most remarkable wine regions of all. Here, I’m in the vineyards with Ernie Loosen, visiting the Erdener Prälat and Urziger Würzgarten, before heading back to the winery for a tasting. The steep slopes are quite terrifying.

Tasting six inexpensive Pinot Noirs on camera, and with tasting notes

Pinot Noir is one of my very favourite grape varieties. It’s a tricky grape, though, and finding good affordable Pinot can be a challenge. So I tried six inexpensive Pinot Noirs on camera, and gave my robust, honest opinions of them.

Mr Noir Pinot Noir 2016 South Australia
14% alcohol
£11.99 Virgin Wines
Very fresh and supple with a [...]

Video interviews with top South African winemakers

Just posted a write up of the excellent wines from Mick and Jeanine Craven, who make superb single-site wines from Stellenbosch. While I was doing it I thought I’d share some of my video interviews with various South African wine stars, beginning with Mick and Jeanine: