Right, I might have given the game away a bit much about my guilty pleasure of the film “A Good Year”, but my recent article in The Buyer is up and published.
Here’s my love letter to all things Provence Rosé, on of the most serious “fun” wines money can buy…and should buy!
Finishing off this week’s round up of 2017 with April’s trip out to Bordeaux for the annual En Primeur tasting. Basically you all drive around different Chateau drinking young and unfinished wine and make up a load of guff about how amazing it’ll be in a few years. Honest to god, that’s roughly it. I don’t get it as a system, but hey ho. It’s still a great week to meet up with people and see what’s what in magical Bordeaux!
APRIL: Primeurs samples in Bordeaux
“I work for a Bordeaux specialist wine company, so April is always about Primeurs to one extent or another. I’m still not sure I agree with the idea of it, but everyone else does it, so sod it, let’s try make the best of it, they do serve some stunners at the lunches.
The 2016 vintage we were trying was another top vintage for Bordeaux (good job given the volume problem for 2017), but one of the better experiences was Millesima’s Primeur Panorama event, retasting the 2015 a year after barreling.
Much closer to the final product than the press-focused barrel samples straight after harvest, could this be a way forward for Bordeaux?”
FULL ARTICLE HERE
Onto February in my top wine memories of 2017, and a British belter for you all from Hampshire. Get stuck into UK bubbles everyone!!
FEBRUARY: Exton Park Brut NV, Hampshire
“February brought a Hampshire Vines tasting at 67 Pall Mall’s downstairs bar, you know, the one they allow the riffraff into.
I’m so pleased to see how well these wineries and vineyards work together, it’s a real lesson for other counties in the UK, and a reason that wine from Hampshire is here to stay. Personal favourites include Exton Park, Cottonworth, and Danebury, but they’ve all got some game!”
FULL ARTICLE HERE
Happy New Year everyone!
Sorry it’s been a while since I wrote last, had my head firmly wedged where I’d prefer it not to be sorting out crap logistics companies. 4 weeks of utter shit nearly over and I can get back to writing!! Woohoo!!
The team at The Buyer asked me to write a little bit about my memories of 2017; so here they are, starting with January.
These aren’t always the best wines I tried, but definitely the most memorable each month…enjoy!
JANUARY: Perrier Jouët’s La Belle Epoque 2008
“January’s always a bit of a slow start to the year for the booze trade, but one memorable tasting was up the Gherkin (steady on!) in London with Perrier Jouët’s Belle Epoque Cellar Master, Herve Deschamps.
I’m a grumpy northern bumpkin that hates spending money, but when you try this level of quality you can’t help but take the price tag with a pinch of salt. Every list worth its gravy needs a top Champagne on it, and the available vintages of Belle Epoque would fit the bill nicely.”
FULL ARTICLE HERE
I recently got the invite to head off to Southern France for the 50th anniversary celebrations of Foncalieu Wines, one of the largest co-operative wine makers in the region. I was um-ing and ah-ing about what I’d find to write about over there, but thanks to the immaculately afro’ed Romain, I found my angle…here’s my latest piece in The Buyer about the changing attitudes of Co-op Wineries!
A couple of things happened recently that sparked me into writing something about mental health in the workplace. I didn’t know what the reaction would be. I didn’t even know if the editors at The Buyer would even want to publish it. But huge thanks to them for running it, and huge thanks to everyone who’s contributed to the chat ever since. The response has been brilliant. Here’s my Buyer piece in all it’s glory…
Have finally gotten around to writing up my trip out to Juvé Y Camps a couple of weeks back. I spent two glorious days in Catalunya tasting the premium end of Cava, the famous sparkling wine from Spain. See how I got on…
I’ve just sent off my California wine pieces to the editor at The Buyer. It’s the online wine magazine I write for in the UK. I’m really chuffed that they’ve backed me the way they have and hopefully I’ve not written anything too daft just yet! Following on from my great trip out to San Fransisco to visit Napa and Sonoma, I’ve finally finished off the three pieces I’ve written, and number one is online now!!