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Bastianich, Friulano

Bastianich, Friulano

I had no idea where we were; I was a little unsure which day it actually was. But here we were, disgorged from the bus atRead More

Apples and Vines – Hush Heath Vineyard

Apples and Vines – Hush Heath Vineyard

They chose to make a pink sparkling wine simply “because it makes me smile”. With a marketing head on they – that’s Richard Balfour-Lynn and hisRead More

Vina Pomol, Rioja, Spain

Vina Pomol, Rioja, Spain

It’s an iconic little shack, seen a million times in wine magazines and publicity shots, emblazoned with the winery’s name. Shack is doing it an injustice.Read More

Visiting Raimat

Visiting Raimat

You couldn’t get more of a contrast. The previous day there were scrubby little patches of vines, precariously eking out an existence on the hills aboveRead More

Codorníu Cathedral of Cava

Codorníu Cathedral of Cava

OK, so which plonker left his copious, in-depth, beautifully crafted Codorníu Cava tasting notes in a certain Barcelona hotel room? That’ll be me then. What thisRead More

Video: View Across Priorat

Video: View Across Priorat

A little, terribly amateur video, taken from Montsant over-looking the wine region of Priorat. Talking is Sarah Jane Evans MW and Ricard Rofes head wine makerRead More

Scaling Scala Dei

Scaling Scala Dei

As my head smashed into the car roof, a certain MW’s foot slammed into my ankle and a national newspaper journalists’ elbow connected with my ribsRead More

Casa de Mouraz – A Visit and Tasting

Casa de Mouraz – A Visit and Tasting

It was the wildness of the landscape that got me. Living, as I do, in the south east corner of a little overpopulated island, its hardRead More

Quinta do Perdigão – A Visit and Tasting

Quinta do Perdigão – A Visit and Tasting

We spilled from the coach; post lunch stupor slipping away in the cold Dão air. Picking at some vines, Touriga Nacional as it transpired, was JoséRead More

The Wines of Julia Kemper, Dao, Portugal

The Wines of Julia Kemper, Dao, Portugal

Take a mix of native Portuguese grapes – all replanted only a few years ago on Júlia de Melo Kemper’s inherited estate – add some state-of-the-artRead More

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