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A Hampshire Hatrick

23 June, 2022

Hampshire is a thriving hub of English wine, particularly of sparkling wine, as a recent tasting illustrated. This had become an annual event, until Covid intervened, with nine wineries taking part: Black Chalk, Cottonworth, Danebury Vineyards, Exton Park, The Grange, …

An Evening with Hugh Johnson

13 June, 2022

Hugh Johnson, ‘the wine writer with the magic pen’, to quote Jancis Robinson, has fundamentally changed how we think about wine. He makes it accessible and fun and exciting. Join Hugh in conversation with Margaret Rand, on behalf of World …

Memories of the Royal Household Wine Committee

30 May, 2022

The Royal family are not great wine lapperoos, but they certainly do their fair share of entertaining spread over their four main residences, Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, Balmoral and Sandringham. All wines served for lunch or dinner are carefully selected …

Il Vino Unisce: An interview with Angelo Gaja

26 May, 2022

On a misty mid-April morning in Barbaresco, with the cobblestone streets wet and glistening, the village breathed a palpable sigh of relief. For its six hundred residents, life revolves around wine and finally, after four months of drought, the rains …

Portugal and the Wines that Time Forgot

25 May, 2022

When Ryan Opaz and I decided around 2016 to co-author a book about Portuguese wine and winemakers, we were quickly confronted with a challenging question: why does the wine-loving world have so little appreciation of Portuguese wines?

Millesima ‘Panorama’ Tasting – Vintage 2020

25 May, 2022

The rain poured down… and down, yet it did nothing to dampen the spirits as I and a host of colleagues avoided the deluge in a most pleasant fashion: tasting scores of about-to-be-bottled wines from the already storied Bordeaux 2020 …

Getting the Most out of Vintage Port

12 April, 2022

‘Vintage’ and ‘port’ are two words that resonate in every wine lover’s mind, just as, perhaps, ‘classed’ and ‘growth’ do for every fan of Bordeaux. They conjure up wines that will vary from year to year, but both are terroir treats …

Scandi Noir

11 April, 2022

Just what is it about champagne and Scandinavia? The crystalline air; the purity of vision, the taste for luxury? Who knows? One thing is for sure; between them the Scandi countries can offer three of the great fizz experts of …

Chasing Altitude in Argentina

11 April, 2022

In a country with one of the world’s most important mountain chains providing the entire western frontier, it’s no surprise that altitude plays a major role in Argentina’s wines. Over three-quarters of Argentina’s vineyards are situated at the foothills of …

Grapetionary: Wine Grapes A-Z

16 March, 2022

Welcome back as we continue our wend around the alphabet of wine grapes. Last time around, we departed from the usual list of known varieties and detoured through Germany (twice) and Mallorca, Spain, as three sommeliers enlightened us on Dornfelder, …

Natural Wine: from counterculture to mainstream

16 March, 2022

As the adage goes, what’s old inevitably becomes new again. Such a case could be argued for the category of natural wine. Though the style has existed for thousands of years (both intentionally and accidentally), it’s only recently that it’s …

Bringing Margaux to Life (Part Two)

15 March, 2022

Gonzague Lurton at Durfort-Vivens It is often said that the wines of Margaux are more perfumed and less powerful than those from Saint-Estèphe, Saint-Julien and Pauillac, but within the appellation the wines vary still further in style due to the …