Neudorf Rosie's Block Chardonnay 2015, with video

This is the latest release from Nelson winery Neudorf, and it’s a new name for an old wine. Rosie’s Block is named after Judy and Tim Finn’s daughter Rosie, and used to be known simply as Neudorf Chardonnay. They also make a more expensive Moutere Chardonnay.

The wine comes from a block overlooking the home vineyard [...]

Video: reviewing Torres Sangre de Toro, a good honest cheapie

I have a soft spot for Torres. They’re a big company, but they make honest wines. The cheap stuff – the Vina Sol, Vina Esmerelda and the Sangre de Toro – are all really reliable and over-deliver. And they aren’t tricked up. And then Torres also do good expensive stuff, too.

So, continuing my theme of [...]

Video: filling bag-in-box wine on a bottling line

Bag-in-box wine is an important segment of the wine market, and in countries such as Sweden, it is responsible for around half the wine sold. Also known as the wine cask, it’s commonly seen as a good way of transporting, selling and dispensing inexpensive wine.

The basis of the bag-in-box is a plastic pouch, which usually [...]

Tasting three commercial wines on camera: YellowTail, Jacob's Creek and Barefoot

I found myself in a supermarket. In the wine aisle. I always have a look in the wine aisle: it’s important to see how normal people experience wine. Even if I’m not planning to buy wine (and I rarely do in supermarkets), I’ll take some time looking at the retailer’s range. You don’t get this [...]

Video: Rootstock Sydney 2015

So here’s a short film from last week’s Rootstock, a natural/artisan wine fair held in Sydney, Australia. It was quite an event, and in this video I just tried to capture a bit of its flavour. The venue, Carriageworks – in the sketchy but now gentrified suburb of Redfern – was just perfect. The clip [...]

Video: in the Douro Valley, Portugal

Filmed during the 2012 harvest, here’s the film that David Fuller made with me on the Douro Valley – visiting the Douro Boys. I thought it would be fun to revisit it.

Video: harvesting and pressing Chardonnay in the Napa Valley, California

Here’s a video from last week’s trip to Napa. We got to take part in vintage, and this short clip shows harvesting and pressing Chardonnay grapes at Truchard Vineyards, Carneros. It’s really interesting to see the process first hand: just look at the colour of the juice that comes out of the press!

Video: the Franschhoek wine valley, South Africa

Today I began a report on a visit to Franschhoek. It’s a wine region that is often misunderstood: the narrative is, that as the leading gastronomic destination in the Cape, it’s good for restaurants but bad for wine. This is unfair. Here’s a film I shot of the valley and some of its leading vignerons, [...]

Video: planting an Arinto vineyard in Vinho Verde, Portugal

A brief film showing an Arinto vineyard being planted in Vinho Verde, Portugal. It’s from Casal de Ventozela, which is one of the properties I visited in April when I was looking at the concept of single-variety Vinho Verde. This is old school vineyard planting: effective, but time consuming. You can get laser-guided machines to [...]

The wine boats of the Douro river

This is a great film. It’s titled ‘The wine boats of the Douro river’, and it represents a very different Douro than that of today, shot in 1923. This was before the Douro was dammed in the late 1960s/early 1970s with five different dams, which converted it from a sometimes rather wild river into the [...]