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

Did You Know Blowers Has His Own Wine?

France, Reds, Uncategorized, Whites


Unless you’re into cricket, you won’t know who Blowers is. Henry Calthorpe Blofeld is arguably the most famous cricket commentator in the UK, and is famed for his very eloquent, Old Etonian style of taking us through the summer’s cricket for Test Match Special, an absolute institution on British radio. In fact I’ve just been listening to it this morning and heard Michael Vaughn and Jonathan Agnew talking about last night’s knees up round Blowers’ place, and nailing back his own label wine. How have I not tried Blowers’ wine?

#NWTW Week 38: Apparently, They Love It!

France, New Wine This Week, Reds

week 38 blending


Every now and again one of the wines picked for NWTW brings out a few comments on the twitter-sphere. Last week, when we did Malbec, there was a slightly unexpected backlash that we managed to turn round during the week. This week’s been the opposite so far. Côtes du Rhône is clearly a popular choice! But why?

#NWTW Week 38: It Ain’t ‘Alf Hot, Mum!

France, New Wine This Week, Reds

week 38 galets

The Rhône Valley, and in particular the Southern Rhône, is right up there as France’s hottest vineyard area.  It’s right on the Riviera, where all the rich and famous (and people who don’t know any better) go on the their summer holidays to soak up the sun and sea breezes. The grapes are doing exactly the same.