Vina Real Rioja 2010
19
May
2020

The ‘Real’ deal

Still in relative lock-down, still enjoying a glass of wine in the garden in splendid isolation with the sun shining. Not ideal but it’s where we are and rightly so,…

Yealands Blush Rose 2019
16
May
2020

Sauvignon Blanc with a twist

With summer approaching fast, pink hued wines suddenly become very popular and this Yealands Blush from New Zealand is a lovely example of a delicately flavoured taste of summer. Made…

DAVIDA Garnacha
10
May
2020

DAVIDA Garnacha

Grenache or Garnacha is one of the most widely planted and versatile grape varieties in the world thriving in hotter climates where a lot of other grapes would struggle. So…

Kilikanoon Grenache 2018
07
May
2020

Kilikanoon – Mouthful of summer fruits

Another winner from Waitrose with this succulent Rhône blend comes the Kilikanoon from South Australia, apart from being a bit of a tongue twister (especially after a few glasses) this…

Lugana 2018
05
May
2020

Lugana 2018

Haven’t featured an Italian white for a while now and I found this Lugana in my wine rack recently so stuck it in the fridge and I must say it…

Craggy Range Sauvignon Blanc
27
Apr
2020

Craggy Range Sovee Bee 2019

Still warm here in the UK so chilled drinks are order of the day, Sauvignon Blanc makes another appearance and this is a particularly good one if you like a…

Washington state Merlot
24
Apr
2020

Between the Vines Merlot

Merlot, probably one of the most popular red wines in the world with Merlot mania hitting its height in the 1990’s especially in America but then in 2004 came the…

Whispering Angel 2019 rosé
22
Apr
2020

Whispering Angel 2019

It’s that time of year again when rosé starts to make an appearance and what better way to kick of the pink season than with this wonderful bottle of Whispering…

De Grendel Sauvignon Blanc 208
17
Apr
2020

De Grendel Sovee 2018 revisited

Had to highlight this lovely South African Sovee, after tasting it again recently, beautifully expressive and elegant, one that will definitely be a repeat buy for me, Sauvignon Blanc at…

Gruner, Pando sherry & Lebanon
13
Apr
2020

Pando Fino Sherry & Felsner Gruner Veltliner……..

and a pretty awesome red blend Still currently in lock-down due to the Corona Virus pandemic so we are spending a lot of time in the garden eating and drinking…

Mar de Frades Albarino 2018
06
Apr
2020

The sun is out, the sky… so are these white wines !

Us Brits are a funny lot, just into April, the sun comes out, the temperature rises a few degrees, suddenly garden furniture comes out , Gazebo’s are erected, barbecues are…

Duckpoint Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
02
Apr
2020

Duck Point Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

I must admit I was not sure what to expect from this offering from Lidl a Cabernet Sauvignon from the Barossa Valley Australia but with a recommendation from Brian Elliot’s…

Altano Douro red wine
28
Mar
2020

Altano Organic red 2016 (Douro)

From the rugged and beautifully wild region of North Portugal along the banks of the Douro river comes this Altano Organic red produced by the Symington Family Estates who own…

Yalumba Old vine Grenache 2015
19
Mar
2020

Yalumba Old Bush Vine Grenache 2015

Always loved Yalumba, every time I go back to a bottle it’s almost like pulling on an old comfortable pair of slippers and this Old Vine Grenache is just one…

Assyrtiko Greek White Wine
15
Mar
2020

Assyrtiko – A distinctive Greek white wine

If you enjoy bone dry, steely and vibrant white wines with some bracing acidity then this may well be the bottle for you. Assyrtiko is a Greek wine from the…

Kangarilla Road Shiraz 2016
08
Mar
2020

Kangarilla Road Shiraz 2016

I first came across this Kangarilla Road Shiraz a few years ago at a tasting event where I sampled the 2009 vintage, the impression it made has always stayed with…

Jacob's Creek double barrel matured Shiraz
04
Mar
2020

Double Barrelled Jacob’s Creek

Had this bottle of Jacob’s Creek for a while now and always passed over it for something else when delving into my wine rack, well, this time I took the…

Decanter Fine Wine Encounter logo
02
Mar
2020

Decanter Fine Wine Encounter 2020 – Spain & Portugal – Part 1

Part 1 (all about the white) This Decanter event has always been a highlight for me, never fails to impress and this year was no exception. The luxurious Landmark Hotel…

Waimea Elara Sauvignon Blanc 2017
28
Feb
2020

Elara oaked Sauvignon Blanc 2017- The return

I bought a case of this impressive oak aged Waimea Elara Sauvignon Blanc 2017 at the back end of 2018 and I recently rediscovered a couple of bottles of the…

Gonzalez Byass
20
Feb
2020

Gonzalez Byass Portfolio Tasting 2020

Gonzalez Byass is one of the UK´s premier wine distributors with an impressive and ever expanding portfolio consisting of quality wine brands. Famously known for Sherry, in particular Tio Pepe,…

Aldi - Fire Tree Fiano white wine
18
Feb
2020

The Fire Tree Fiano

A lovely tasting, well made wine for under a fiver, hard to find you may say, well, maybe not. I stuck one of these Italian ‘Fire Tree’ Fiano bottles in…

Porta 6 Reserva 2015
12
Feb
2020

Vidigal wines – Porta 6 Reserva

Vidigal is a family run company in Portugal, making good affordable wines, with over 1,000 acres of vineyards around the Lisbon area as well as vineyards in Tagus, Douro, Alentejo,…

Furmint February tasting 2020
30
Jan
2020

Furmint February 2020

In praise of all things Furmint – The Hungarian Jewell in the crown part 2 It’s ‘Furmint February’ time again and I was lucky enough to attend a tasting here…

21
Jan
2020

Nautilus Wines – The real deal

I first tasted a Nautilus Sauvignon Blanc last summer sitting in our back garden enjoying the sunshine during a mini heatwave and I must admit I thought it was one…

Selection of 4 wines
20
Jan
2020

A Mixed Bunch

Here’s a short selection of a mixed bunch of wines I’ve been drinking over the last week or so, some very good and one I couldn’t quite make up my…

05
Jan
2020

A new decade and my first 2020 review

A very happy new year to you all and welcome to my first post of 2020. With the madness of the Christmas festivities and overindulgence that goes with it out…

A small selection of wines I've enjoyed in 2019
29
Dec
2019

A small selection of wines I’ve enjoyed for £20 or less in 2019

Well here we are nearly at the end of another year, a year in which I’ve been lucky enough to sample some very good wines and unfortunately some not so…

08
Dec
2019

ARTAN Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Searching for a wine on the high street, popping into all the big major supermarkets, navigating your way around all the deals and promotions, half price this (which is probably…

05
Dec
2019

Champagne Autréau

Friends of ours (@Aimetu and @NickThurDon) visited the London wine fair back in 2018 where they met representatives of this Champagne house Autréau  as we were all going on a trip to…

14
Nov
2019

An evening tasting ‘Cellier des Dauphins’ wines

On the 13th November 2019 I found myself in a what is described as a ‘rustic convivial’ French style restaurant called Noize set in the Fitzrovia region of London. Courtesy…