Bordeaux Legends – the 1855 first growth wines, by Jane Anson

Published on June 27, 2013

I so want to imagine that copious amounts of tasting the first growths was a vital and necessary part of the research for this book.

Reduction – winemaker or closure?

Published on June 22, 2013

It’s been a long time since the original 1999 AWRI study started identifying reduced (volatile sulphur) notes of rubber, flint, struck match under bottles closed with screwcap. Understanding of sulphide chemistry has come a way since then, so can we really justify the perpetuation of the idea that screwcaps cause reduction?

Escarpment, The Edge Pinot Noir 2012

Published on June 17, 2013

This is a really tasty, pretty much entry level, New Zealand pinot noir, from the bottom of North Island.

Crus de Loire

Published on June 12, 2013

The Loire valley has begun to break with its long tradition of a single-ranking, single-level appellation system. In 2011 it started to evolve a cru system of appellations.

Hattingley Valley

Published on June 7, 2013

New English sparkling wine brand Hattingley Valley will be released onto the market at the end of August.

Camel Valley, Pinot Noir Brut 2010

Published on June 2, 2013

This was my pick of the pops (ark, ark) from the annual English tasting in May.

Advantage Tasmania

Published on May 28, 2013

With increasing demand for cool climate wines and wines that are fresh and refreshing, Tasmania is truly on song.

In the schist

Published on May 23, 2013

France and Spain each have an appellation – Faugères and Priorat – based on schist that produces some extraordinary, bold, yet fine-textured red wines, with suppleness and surprising fragrance to the fruit for warm regions.

Minervois versus Corbières

Published on May 18, 2013

I thought it about time I try to get to grips a little with the difference between these two adjacent Languedoc appellations. For too long I’ve not accorded them their individual identities.

Luis Felipe Edwards, Signature Series Syrah Reserva, 2012

Published on May 13, 2013

For £6 and just over, on promo, this was my best value for flavour wine of the Majestic press tasting.

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