Top Wine Memories of 2017 – March

Uncategorized, USA

For March there could only be one winner, an amazing trip out to Napa and Sonoma with the California Wine Industry.  Wast Coast US wine’s got a special place in my heart for the rest of my life.  Great trip, great people, and great wines!


“MARCH: Cakebread Merlot, Napa Valley, 2013

In March I went on a wino’s press trip of a lifetime (or for me at least) and headed off to California to visit Napa and Sonoma. Not only did I get to taste some wonderful wines, but I also met some friends for life.

The week gave me a much better feeling for the taste of the wine styles out there, and also helped me put the prices (which can put many off) into a better context. My top wine from there was Cakebread Cellar’s 2013 Merlot.

It’s by no means the best wine I tried out there, but that’s the wine we used when myself, Bruce Cakebread, Eleanor Standon  from R&R, and Ashford Castle’s top drawer sommelier, Phillip Dunne, nailed the pizza-pairing competition. If we’d have let him, Phil would still be there drizzling olive oil on it with a teaspoon. Chef would be proud, my lad!”



Top Wine Memories of 2017 – January

Sparkling, Uncategorized

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.”