ORGANIC WINE – IF I’M BEING REALLY PICKY…

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The glorious organic and biodynamic vineyards of Domaine du Pere Benoit in Nimes

Millesime Bio is currently on out in Montpellier, and although I’m not out there right now myself, I was lucky enough to be asked to head out a couple of weeks ago to judge the medal winners for the week ahead.  Some belting wines and some fantastic figures showcasing the rise of organic wines…

Millesime Bio is the largest organic wine fair in the world.  Now entering its 27th year, it’s gone from a mere 30 producers in 1993 to over 1300 in 2020 across four massive halls of the Montpellier Expo.

I was down there 2 weeks ago to judge the medal winners for this week’s show.  Of all the take homes and feelings I had from the experience, one stuck out as possibly the most nit picking issue I could have raised.  Why it stuck in my head I’ll never know, but I did, and weirdly enough there were some murmurings of agreement.  Let’s see what you fine people think…

MY TOP WINES OF 2019 – DECEMBER

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Not to be one always looking back, whenever I start a new year I try and think about all the great times of last year and it helps me get really up for all the challenges and possibilites for 2020.

So whilst most of you are doing Dry January or something equally as healthy to overcome the post-Christmas and New Year booze/chocolate/meat comas, I thought I’d start the year with a quick recap of the wines that meant a lot to me in 2019…

DECEMBER – LAPIERRE MORGON

2011-2018 vertical of natural Morgon wines, seriously impressive

MY TOP WINES OF 2019 – NOVEMBER

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Not to be one always looking back, whenever I start a new year I try and think about all the great times of last year and it helps me get really up for all the challenges and possibilites for 2020.

So whilst most of you are doing Dry January or something equally as healthy to overcome the post-Christmas and New Year booze/chocolate/meat comas, I thought I’d start the year with a quick recap of the wines that meant a lot to me in 2019…

NOVEMBER – LLOPART CORPINNAT

Watch out for the Corpinnat wines coming out over the coming years

MY TOP WINES OF 2019 – OCTOBER

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Not to be one always looking back, whenever I start a new year I try and think about all the great times of last year and it helps me get really up for all the challenges and possibilites for 2020.

So whilst most of you are doing Dry January or something equally as healthy to overcome the post-Christmas and New Year booze/chocolate/meat comas, I thought I’d start the year with a quick recap of the wines that meant a lot to me in 2019…

OCTOBER – GRAZIANO MEROTTO PROSECCO SUPERIORE

Ok, so in full…Graziano Merotto’s Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Rive Di Col San Martino, Millesimato 2018!!

MY TOP WINES OF 2019 – SEPTEMBER

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Not to be one always looking back, whenever I start a new year I try and think about all the great times of last year and it helps me get really up for all the challenges and possibilites for 2020.

So whilst most of you are doing Dry January or something equally as healthy to overcome the post-Christmas and New Year booze/chocolate/meat comas, I thought I’d start the year with a quick recap of the wines that meant a lot to me in 2019…

SEPTEMBER – YEALAND’S STATE OF FLUX

The first wines out of Yealand’s State of Flux range

MY TOP WINES OF 2019 – AUGUST

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Not to be one always looking back, whenever I start a new year I try and think about all the great times of last year and it helps me get really up for all the challenges and possibilites for 2020.

So whilst most of you are doing Dry January or something equally as healthy to overcome the post-Christmas and New Year booze/chocolate/meat comas, I thought I’d start the year with a quick recap of the wines that meant a lot to me in 2019…

AUGUST – CHATEAU LA GRAVE, FRONSAC

Château La Grave, Fronsac, from the brilliant and biodynamic Vignobles Paul Barre

Filling In The Blanks With "Australian Wine Discovered"

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I still think the best way to learn about wine and wine regions around the world is to save up your pennies and head on out there.  If you spend a couple of weeks in the vines in amongst the winemakers and farmers, with the wine, the food, the scenery, the weather…well, it all kind of falls into place.

Wine Australia – Show Your Support

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It can’t have escaped anyone’s attention at the minute that Australia is in the grip of some of the worst wild fires for many years.  As a wine community of course we look to the vineyards to see the damage caused there, but rightly it’s the immediate impact on the communities that current fundraising efforts are focused around.

With Wine Australia’s Annual Trade Tasting hitting London (Tuesday 21st January) and Edinburgh (Monday 27thJanuary), it’s a good time to remind everyone how they can show their support to the relief efforts.

MY TOP WINES OF 2019 – JULY

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Not to be one always looking back, whenever I start a new year I try and think about all the great times of last year and it helps me get really up for all the challenges and possibilites for 2020.

So whilst most of you are doing Dry January or something equally as healthy to overcome the post-Christmas and New Year booze/chocolate/meat comas, I thought I’d start the year with a quick recap of the wines that meant a lot to me in 2019…

JULY – CRUS ARTISANS

Some of the excellent Crus Artisans available

MY TOP WINES OF 2019 – JUNE

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Not to be one always looking back, whenever I start a new year I try and think about all the great times of last year and it helps me get really up for all the challenges and possibilites for 2020.

So whilst most of you are doing Dry January or something equally as healthy to overcome the post-Christmas and New Year booze/chocolate/meat comas, I thought I’d start the year with a quick recap of the wines that meant a lot to me in 2019…

JUNE – GARAGE WINE COMPANY

Derek Mossman Knapp rocking the checked yellow!