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Martinborough Pinot Noir

Martinborough Pinot Noir

Following on from my dismal attempts at small talk (like speeches, not my forte) I settled in for tasting various wines with the two cheeses thatRead More

Invivo Wines, New Zealand

Invivo Wines, New Zealand

On the doorstep a nice looking box hiding, (surprise!) wine! Specifically from Invivo Wines, New Zealand with two classic Kiwi varietals a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc andRead More

Platter’s South African Wine Guide

Platter’s South African Wine Guide

Not sure I quite understand the significance of the coffee pot that Bertus Fourie is shown pouring his wine from on page 312; but it hasRead 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

Spy Valley Pinot Noir Rosé 2010

Spy Valley Pinot Noir Rosé 2010

Five Days/Five Wines: Friday 8th July All I can manage this evening is a Bingham’s Ready Meal. It’s been a heck of a week, a hellRead 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

A Morrison’s £30 Pick

A Morrison’s £30 Pick

I’m not really that acquainted with the wine shelves of Morrison’s; even less with the Sun newspaper. But each day this week the Sun is givingRead More

Deiss : Premier Cru or Not Premier Cru

Deiss : Premier Cru or Not Premier Cru

Alsace has 51 officially designated grand cru plots, it’s only a little region but all seem to agree that 51 is a rather large number. WhicheverRead 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

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