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Ses’Fikile Wines, South Africa

Ses’Fikile Wines, South Africa

Ses’fikile Wines is owned and controlled by empowered women, three pioneering ex-school teachers actually, in one of the largest black townships, Khayelitsha, in the Western Cape.Read More

Midweek Combinations – Nederburg Chardonnay Viognier

Midweek Combinations – Nederburg Chardonnay Viognier

Midweek – too tired after a day in the office and too hot after the commute to want to do too much in the kitchen; aRead More

Three Wines from France: The Montagnac Range

Three Wines from France: The Montagnac Range

Judging an independent wine merchant on its cheapest wines is a great indication of the overall care the merchant puts into its overall range. It isRead More

Wine Tasting Note: Banderas Reserve Chardonnay, 2006, San Juan, Argentina.

Wine Tasting Note: Banderas Reserve Chardonnay, 2006, San Juan, Argentina.

Wine Tasting Note: Anderas Vineyards Banderas Reserve Chardonnay, 2006, San Juan, Argentina.Available from Sainsbury’s for £5.99. Peachy, baby… peachy. Oh, and pineapply too. It’s big, it’sRead More

Wine Tasting Note: Marquis de Pennautier Chardonnay, 2005, Vin de Pays d’Oc, France

Wine Tasting Note: Marquis de Pennautier Chardonnay, 2005, Vin de Pays d’Oc, France

Wine Tasting Note: Marquis de Pennautier Chardonnay, 2005, Vin de Pays d’Oc, France.Available from Waitrose for £7.99. An edge of orange peel, a smidgen of grapefruitRead More

Wine Tasting Note: Kendall Jackson Chardonnay, 2005, California

Wine Tasting Note: Kendall Jackson Chardonnay, 2005, California

Interesting how winemakers identify specific characters in wines and how they blend different parcels together to unite the differing aspects. This Chardonnay for example combines estateRead More

Red Chardonnay?

What is the bloody point – why make a red Chardonnay? Especially as Chardonnay is a white grape and to get the colour you use ChambourcinRead More

Andrew Barrow
17 Jan
Maven Wines, New Zealand

Maven Wines, New Zealand

I was bowled over with the Maven Wine range – from the superb packaging through to the flavours of the wines themselves. Based in the rapauraRead More

Wine Tasting Note: Porter Mill Station Chardonnay, 2004, South Africa.

Wine Tasting Note: Porter Mill Station Chardonnay, 2004, South Africa.

Wine Tasting Note: Porter Mill Station Chardonnay, 2004, Swartland, South Africa. Flying Corkscrew £6.99.Disappointing. It is all very well being fresh, crisp, light and perfectly drinkableRead More

Wine Tasting Note: Alpha Domus Unoaked Chardonnay, 2004, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.

Wine Tasting Note: Alpha Domus Unoaked Chardonnay, 2004, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.

Served at lunch with feta cheese stuffed pitta bread and later a dinner of prawns and homemade ciabatta bread. Wine Tasting Note: Alpha Domus Unoaked Chardonnay,Read More

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