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Brewery Hill Chardonnay-Viognier from Naked Wines

Brewery Hill Chardonnay-Viognier from Naked Wines

As part of their tie-up with Jamie Oliver internet retailer Naked Wines are offering a mixed case of wines (either six individual bottles or a doubleRead More

Wines of Virtue – Environmentally Friendly Vino

Wines of Virtue – Environmentally Friendly Vino

Does it really matter that a wine is bottled at the vineyard? Would it not be a huge environmental statement by the wine industry if allRead More

Ladies Who Shoot Their Lunch from Plunkett Fowles

Ladies Who Shoot Their Lunch from Plunkett Fowles

I’m hoping Naked Wines is expecting further stocks; seldom do Australian wines get the excitement levels rising as these have. Currently three wines from the BlackwoodRead More

English Wine Week : A Tour and Tasting at Brightwell Vineyard

English Wine Week : A Tour and Tasting at Brightwell Vineyard

Brightwell Vineyard is a quintessentially English vineyard overlooking the Thames in South Oxfordshire; family owned and run the estate is small (14 acres) and still inRead More

Brief Notes from a Tasting: Vergelegen, South Africa

Brief Notes from a Tasting: Vergelegen, South Africa

A 300 year history permeates Vergelegen; one of South Africa’s most prestigious, reknown and visited wineries in the Cape. The original homestead was built in 1700;Read More

Ingenuity Blends from Nederburg

Ingenuity Blends from Nederburg

Distell – the largest producer in South Africa or the largest exporter (it might even be both!) I’ve asked those really nice people at WOSA forRead More

Brief Notes from a Tasting: Boschendal, Stellenbosch

Brief Notes from a Tasting: Boschendal, Stellenbosch

Under the branches of an old, old oak tree a marvellous romp through a range of Boschendal wines. Hosted by Lizelle Gerber, Head White Wine Maker,Read More

Quinta de Covela Escolha, 2005, Minho, Portugal

Quinta de Covela Escolha, 2005, Minho, Portugal

Many will realise, may even respect, my ongoing search for the unusual wine – the striking label, the interesting blend or individual grape, the obscure region…Read More

La Chamiza Extra Brut, NV, Mendoza, Argentina

La Chamiza Extra Brut, NV, Mendoza, Argentina

A Twtitter shout-out from KRacen asked for ‘something to drink by the side of the pool’. My response? “Something sparkling and frivolous’. Hot weather, an invitingRead More

Mid-week Combinations – M&S Australian Chardonnay

Ok, so serving chunky chips with a potato topped pie was a little thoughtless; but hunger and a need to escape a tourist-heaving Oxford were upper-most.Read More

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