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…

Edna Valley Chardonnay
03
Nov
2019

Edna Valley 2017 Chardonnay

Do you enjoy Chardonnay? and why is it still treated with some apprehension? Rich and loud, popular in the 90’s although Bridget Jones did her best to make it slightly…

Terre di Chieti Pecorino wine
27
Oct
2019

Pecorino: Is it a Grape or is it a Cheese?

Well, in fact it’s both, the Pecorino grape is grown in the Abruzzo and Marche regions of central Italy producing a crisp dry white wine and the Pecorino cheese which…

24
Oct
2019

Terre di Faiano Primitivo 2016 Organic wine

Organic wine, seems to be springing up everywhere and there seems to be more and more winemakers around the world using the principles of organic farming to produce their wines….

M&S Oloroso Sherry
20
Oct
2019

The Joy of Sherry

You either love it or hate fortified wine , in my experience no other option is viable, you either get it or you don’t, basically it’s a bit of a…

26
Sep
2019

Ian Botham Wines, 2nd Test

As I’ve said in an earlier review of celebrity endorsed wines I’m always a bit sceptical but I must say in this case that scepticism is unfounded, the Botham range…

19
Sep
2019

Have you tried White Rioja ?

We all know and love a Rioja but mention Rioja and most people will associate it with Spanish red wine but have you tried the white version from this iconic…

08
Sep
2019

M&S Wine Festival offers

I recently bought some wine from M&S during their latest ‘Wine Festival’ discount promotion in which they were selling off a large selection of bottles for anything from a few…

26
Aug
2019

Hosting a ‘Wine Tasting’ evening

Having been to many ‘Wine Tasting’ events in the past most of them very enjoyable and informative I decided to hold my own such evening and let me tell you…

07
Aug
2019

Two dynamic summer whites

I have to bring to your attention two white wines which I have enjoyed during our recent spell of hot weather. To start with I revisited a Vinho Verde from…

14
Jul
2019

Lindeman’s Bin 1355 Hunter Valley Semillon 2013

Semillon, most widely known and grown in France and Australia. France in particular use it as a integral part of making White Bordeaux. and is the 3rd most planted grape…

La Bien Pinto Verdejo review
30
Jun
2019

La bien pintá, Verdejo

The Rueda region of Castilla y Leon in northern Spain produces some fabulously fresh and vibrant white wines and this Verdejo (a classic white grape of the region) from Lidl…

Cava Vilarnau Rosé Brut Reserva
26
Jun
2019

Spanish Pink Fun Fizz

‘At last’, I hear you all cry ‘the weather is warming up’, pink drinks start appearing, all kinds of Rosés and even pink gin but in my opinion nothing beats…

02
Jun
2019

Three big reds and a refreshing white

A quick round up of four wines this time, I know the weather is nice and chilled fizz, whites and rosé’s should be featuring but I still enjoy a big…

18
May
2019

Sherry – Sunshine in a glass

What springs to mind when Sherry is mentioned, my guess is memories of that bottle that sits in the sideboard for years only brought out a Christmas when your grandmother…

Gattavecchi - Rosso Di Montepulciano 2016
12
May
2019

Gattavecchi Rosso Di Montepulciano 2016

At a recent trip to Tuscany we stopped by at the Gattavecchi winery in the Argiano area in south Montepulciano, where we tasted amongst others this Rosso Di Montepulciano. Although…