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…


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

Towards the end of August I went out for a brilliant little jaunt around Fronsac with Sally Evans, owner of Château George 7 and entrepreneur in all things wine tourism and Fronsac.  So there I was, with Decanter’s Jane Anson no less, swearing at the fact I couldn’t work out how to turn the motor of the electric cycle on! We got there in the end mind  😉

We hit three stops on the tour (should have been four had I not have got us lost), and the first one was the biodynamic vineyards of Paul BarreChâteau La Grave is quite easily the finest Fronsac I’ve ever tasted, and that’s high praise given I’m a big fan of that region of Bordeaux. If I’m right, no-one imports that to the UK at the minute… just saying!


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