For the past year or so, since an eye opening trade tasting last year, I’ve had a soft spot for the wines of Vinho Verde. It’s Portugal’s largest and most northern wine region, sitting between the Spanish border to the north, and the famous Douro Valley to the south. For many years now wine drinkers … Continue reading Why You Need To Get The Wines of Vinho Verde In Your Life
One of the jobs I have is to sell wine to private punters, and Bordeaux makes up a large proportion of that. It’s a region I love, from the food, the wine, and producers…everything really, so it’s not really a toughy to be an enthusiastic salesman. But every year, around April/May the primeurs campaign has … Continue reading Why Bordeaux Primeurs Are Still Worth Your Interest
Ever since you could book a train to Bordeaux in one go on the Eurostar website, the idea of flying out there is a thing of the past for me. I'm not a big fan of flying, or airports, or travelling back and forth to airports. I'm also a staunch opponent of the amount of … Continue reading Sit Back And Enjoy The Ride – High Speed Train To Bordeaux In 2020
Wine behemoth E&J Gallo is fast closing in on a hundred years of business. Little did brothers Ernesto and Julio know when they started peddling wine after the repeal of prohibition in 1933, that their company would be so vast, and (crucially) still in family hands. I caught up with Paul Sorrentino at the Californian … Continue reading What’s It Like Working For E&J Gallo?
In Part 2, Amelia and I explore that "special relationship" those two berks Tony Blair and George Bush kept banging on about, by having a look at English and American fizz options for Christmas. We've got the super fresh Exton Park Brut, and the sublime Domaine Carneros Classic Cuvée...enjoy! https://youtu.be/GZycV79O6nQ
Amelia Singer & I both love our Champagne, but thought on the run into the Christmas holidays, time to have a look at some alternative bubbles out there on the market....Part 1 is Crémant and Cava! https://youtu.be/8VtV_u7zYkg Thanks to 20h33 and Waitrose for providing the samples! 😉
I was recently in Bordeaux for a press trip courtesy of the Bordeaux Wines council. A great trip focusing on the great things that are happening in Bordeaux away from the Grand Cru Classés that everyone thinks is all Bordeaux is about. On that trip we headed up to Canon Fronsac, on Bordeaux's right bank, … Continue reading Bordeaux Winemakers – Axel & Chloe