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…


Bernard Duseigneur’s excellent Chateauneuf Du Pape

I made my first trip ever to Avignon in 2019. As someone who extols the virtues of wine tourism, I couldn’t have loved the place more. I’m a medieval history nut, and this place is AMAZING! The fact that they held the tastings at the Pope’s Palace had me geeking out all over the place!!

It was also a chance to meet up with a fella I’d met the year before in London through a mate called Richard Dudley-Craig.  Bernard Duseigneur has had a relatively similar path to me in terms of career in finance followed by a move to wine. Whereas I became an average scribbler, Bernard makes superb biodynamic wines across a handful of Southern Rhône appellations, including these beauties Catarina and Le Songe de Catherine, from his smallholdings in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Super wines, super fella.


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