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Sherry: Raise a glass together

14 October, 2020

As we move seamlessly from fino and manzanilla into autumn’s call of amontillado and palo cortado, do our minds turn south to Jerez where today’s temperature is 30˚C as opposed to the UK where it is 15˚C? Do we yearn …

The Judgement of Paris, The Historic 1976 Tasting that Revolutionized Wine

4 September, 2020

The judges’ table at the Judgement of Paris, which took place in Paris on 24th May 1976 Such was the title of George M Taber’s book, published in 2005 by Scribner and never out of print. It features California and …

The New Life of Chenin Blanc

3 September, 2020

Alheit Vineyards It is doubtful that there has been a greater transformation – in terms of quality, reputation and price – in any wine-producing country in the past three decades than in Cape Chenin Blanc. In 1990 it was the …

Important Reminders

3 September, 2020

That most readable of wine wordsmiths, Johnny Ray of the Spectator, caught my eye (again) last month. Empty wine bottles were the subject. Recycling was the context. Putting on a different spin, as it were, I used to jettison the …

Love Them Doux – Why are Vins Doux Naturels so under-appreciated?

2 July, 2020

Photo credit: Domaine des Chênes Roussillon is the home of a vinous delight that is sadly underrated and under-appreciated. I am talking about vin doux, or to give it its generic and rather cumbersome name, vins doux naturels. Naturel in …

Fiona Morrison MW Meets Ronan Sayburn MS

1 July, 2020

In between writing up her tasting notes for Bordeaux’ 2019 En Primeurs (‘Gorgeous wines’), Fiona Morrison has had a busy week spreading the news about the latest version of 10 Great Wine Families – A Tour Through Europe. Her book, …

Tales of Michael Broadbent

1 July, 2020

A few weeks ago I gave a webinar to the members of 67 Pall Mall on the theme of ‘Tales of Michael Broadbent’. Michael has been my inspiration and my mentor throughout my life in wine, and it made perfect …

Famous Faces and Names

1 July, 2020

I was nearly blown off my sherry ladder last month. Reorganizing my wine cellar, I came across a neatly hand-written label stating ‘Mid 19th century Sherry’. Sourced via La Vigneronne, this piece of vinous history had kindly been given to …

Spring Scents

28 May, 2020

For many of us, this Corona time is as if someone had pushed the pause button on our lives.   I don’t think I have spent two months in a row at home for at least a decade and our mutual …

Barbaresco Asili: No More Refined Barbaresco!

28 May, 2020

What might be the best descriptor to describe the Barbaresco wines of the Asili cru? If you listen to what the local producers have to say, the choice appears to be an easy one. Time and time again, when talking …

A Wine Cellar in Lockdown, Take Two – Memories are Made of This

26 May, 2020

Steven Spurrier makes some more lucky finds in his cellar Eric Sauter, my Académie Internationale du Vin (AIV) colleague and co-owner of Domaine Mondivin, whose superb Cabernet Franc wines I referred to last month, told me that a perfect cellar …

It’s ‘En Rama’ Time!

26 May, 2020

Hands up all those who have enjoyed a copita or two of sherry in the last 24 hours? Good. One hand up if you have a glass of fino or manzanilla in your hand now? Enjoy. Hands up all those …