Here’s a short film of me tasting the new (2011) release of Gonzalez Byass’ Tio Pepe Fino En Rama. It’s a sherry taken from the cask in spring when the flor is at its thickest. It’s then bottled unfined and unfiltered for early drinking. Remarkable stuff.
Two wines with a common connection: schist.
In this ‘learn about wine’ video I discuss five things that affect how a particular wine tastes:
Spent a good portion of today at the natural wine fair in Borough Market. It was a fantastic location (though hot sunny weather or sheet rain would have played havoc), and the tasting itself was stunning. An embarrassment of riches. Here’s a short video of the event, which I hope gives you a brief flavour [...]
I caught up with Moet & Chandon’s chef du cave Benoit Gouez, who was in town to launch a new Champagne. It’s Ice Imperial, a Champagne made with the intention of serving it on the rocks.
Traditionalists will be horrified. Here’s my interview with Benoit, who explains the concept behind it, the wine itself, and then [...]
Here’s a short film of the wonderful hill of Hermitage: a relatively small appellation of 123 hectares, of which 25 are white grapes (mainly Marsanne), the remainder Syrah. It’s amazing t0 think that grapes have been grown on this hillside since 400 BC.
On Friday most of the judges from the Top 100 visited two wineries in nearby Constantia. First up, Klein Constantia, who make the wonderful sweet wine Vin de Constance. Winemaker Adam Mason explained how the Vin de Constance was made from the 10 hectares of Muscat de Frontignan vines on the property.
First, one block – [...]
Had a very enjoyable lunch today. It was the launch of Salon 1999 – the latest vintage from this remarkable Blanc de Blancs Champagne which comes from a single cru (Le Mesnil) and spends 10 years ageing on lees before disgorgement.
But rather than match this aristocratic fizz with a Michelin-starred menu, Corney & Barrow had [...]
Superb lunch today, at Yashin Sushi and Bar (‘without soy sauce’) in Kensington (see the Square Meal review). The occasion was the 2011 installment of the Koshu producers tour. [I wrote up last year's lunch at Umu here.] As many will already know, Koshu is a grape variety that’s unique to Japan, and which makes [...]
A short film from a helicopter flight over the Central Otago wine region: