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Ferran tastes Godellos

Thu, 05/12/2019 - 09:48
We have many an article expressing enthusiasm for this Galician white wine grape already (click on the Godello tag), but this is the first based on a comprehensive blind tasting. On discovering that Tim Jackson MW joined the team, I became interested in his profile. Whenever there is a new addition to the team, I get happy. I

Valtellina Night in pictures

Thu, 05/12/2019 - 09:48
A fine time was had by everyone I spoke to. Here are a few pictures taken at our Valtellina Night last Sunday 1 December by those of us trying to make up for photographer Richard's absence. As Walter observed about this evening devoted to these hugely distinctive, refreshing Nebbiolo-based reds that are far too difficult to find on export markets,

Carbon footprints, wine and the consumer

Wed, 04/12/2019 - 09:58
As the COP25 UN Climate Change Conference takes place in Madrid, and following on from Tam’s Fifty shades of green, Dr Richard Smart examines the issue of carbon specifically, highlighting ways in which producers, and particularly consumers, can help to reduce wine’s carbon footprint. The logo shown here is his own. Since graduating from Sydney

Lea & Sandeman late 2019

Wed, 04/12/2019 - 09:48
A round-up from a serious independent retailer's current range that may be of interest over the coming festive season. Click on any wine name and then on 'See prices and stockists' at the end of the individual tasting note to find a retailer near you. London-based fine-wine merchant Lea & Sandeman recently held their autumn tasting, rather

How cool is cool-climate Chardonnay?

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 09:48
Some thoughts on the meaning of cool prompted by an unexpectedly warm celebration of Chardonnay in Niagara-on-the-Lake. See also Cool-climate Chardonnay – the tasting notes. Ontario’s annual International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration (i4C+) always seems to fall on the hottest and most humid weekend of the summer, as it did in July this year

Cool-climate Chardonnay – the tasting notes

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 09:48
A host of cool-climate Chardonnays, almost 100 of them. For the background to these tasting notes and a discussion of the meaning of ‘cool climate’ in both physical and stylistic terms, see How cool is cool-climate Chardonnay? This sign outside Ravine Vineyard, St Davids, during the International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration (iC4+) was made

Waitrose selection autumn 2019

Mon, 02/12/2019 - 09:45
What's currently on offer at Britain's most upmarket grocery chain, with a few offers of real interest. Waitrose is well known in the UK as its most upmarket supermarket chain. Twice a year it organises tastings of its current wines for the media. It had been ages since I had attended one of these marathons (they routinely show more wines than any

Wines of the French Alps – book review

Mon, 02/12/2019 - 09:45
Tam's end-of-year book reviews are some of our most popular features. This year, at your suggestion, we're starting to publish them rather earlier than usual with this assessment of a new, self-published offering from the author of a fine book on Jura wines. Wink published this crowdfunded book herself. (See How to publish your own wine book from

Our 20th anniversary competition

Mon, 02/12/2019 - 09:45
Please send us celebratory suggestions and win five years' membership of our Purple Pages plus a very special cookbook (from which this image was taken; it has been brutally cropped – our apologies to photographer Andrew Montgomery). Next year, in almost a year’s time to be precise, we’ll be celebrating the 20th anniversary of

Good festive buys 2019 – reds

Sat, 30/11/2019 - 02:00
A slightly shorter version of this article is published by the Financial Times. Our picture shows a red wine being poured into my old wine decanter. Image courtesy of @ateliernash, our NZ distributor. Before I share with you 35 delicious red wines chosen because, whatever the price, I feel they represent good value, allow me a small whinge about

Trivet – highly recommended

Sat, 30/11/2019 - 02:00
A hugely promising new restaurant run by a pair from The Fat Duck, named after a pan stand. A version of this article is published by the Financial Times. After a particularly exciting dinner at Trivet, Bermondsey, opened recently by Jonny Lake, the former head chef of The Fat Duck, and Isa Bal, the Master Sommelier who worked alongside him, I

Iona Chardonnay 2017/18 Elgin

Fri, 29/11/2019 - 09:45
Another wine of the week suggestion from Andrew Gunn's property on the Cape coast. From £17.94, €19.80 Find this wine In the interests of research for a forthcoming trip to the Cape Winelands, I picked up a bottle of the 2017 Iona Chardonnay on my way home. It is wines like this which underline why Elgin has garnered such a reputation in recent

M&S and Morrisons audit

Fri, 29/11/2019 - 09:45
Our retail specialist Andy Howard MW compares what's on offer from two of the UK's most important retail chains. Both Morrisons and Marks & Spencer, substantial UK retailers, have had a chequered recent history. Marks & Spencer has been going since 1884. Once named ‘the nation’s favourite retailer’ the company has scaled many peaks. At one point

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