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…


The new range from Lenz at Château Changyu Moser, Ningxia, China

In April I made it down to a dinner in a part of London that is way too trendy for me to usually enter. I braved it though in order to scratch an itch I’d had since trying a very unusual, but tasty blanc de noir Cabernet Sauvingon ‘white’ from Changyu Moser the year before.

The atmosphere was excellent. Lenz Moser is a gent, the food was excellent, the room was plush red everywhere, and Joe Wadsack was on fine form, which always adds to the night! The wines though were so much more than I’d thought they’d be. That ‘white’ Cabernet was so…er…weird, but good, I was expecting more of the same. Weird but good. Lenz has been busy for a few years in China now, and the aged examples of his Cabernet Sauvingon would grace any table and many, many food pairings.


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