Category Archives: Tastings

Paixar 2009-2001

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Through the good offices of my friend Lisa Granik, I was invited to taste a complete vertical of Eduardo García Montaña’s Paixar project from Bierzo in northwest Spain. The tasting was hosted by Greg Tatar at his Brooklyn home. I … Continue reading

Spectator sports: A wine tasting at Harrods

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Last night (9 February) I was invited to taste some wines at Harrods’ revamped wine shop – The Wine Shop, I should say –  courtesy of my subscription to The Spectator. I don’t visit Harrods very often – to me … Continue reading

Mascarello Monprivato 2003 revisited

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Last week I went to Winetraders (UK) Ltd’s annual portfolio tasting in London. Established in 1995 by Michael Palij MW – one of my favourite wine people – Winetraders has a very good selection of Italian wines from all over … Continue reading

Atlantean Scion

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There were a lot of tastings in London last week, with some pretty interesting stuff available. Among much else, I tasted Louis Roederer Cristal 2004 (very good), Domaine Faiveley Mazis-Chambertin 1986 (à point, though very acidulous), Meerlust Rubicon 1986 (holding … Continue reading

Wine and chocolate

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In the wine writing world one often hears about wines that taste a bit like chocolate – some Barossa Shirazes, for example – or how difficult it is to find a wine that goes with chocolate. But at The France … Continue reading

Christmas drinks

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I didn’t drink as many bottles as usual this Christmas. I was at my parents, where my wine is kept, for only a couple of days before returning back to my desk in London. However, one bottle stood out as about … Continue reading

"A bit of a comedian for an English bloke"

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During my travels in South Australia last week I visited Yalumba for the third (or fourth or fifth?) time since December 2003. As usual I was hosted by the ebullient Jane Ferrari, a wonderful lady who is a great ambassador … Continue reading

Weingut K+K Kirnbauer at Galvin La Chapelle

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Having been the sole UK representative at the Austrian Wine Challenge in Vienna for the last two years, I’ve become increasingly familiar with and interested in Austrian wines. On 24 November I was invited to taste the wines of Weingut … Continue reading

Wendouree Darling

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I can only recall having tasted Wendouree wines twice before – at a Langton’s/Wine Australia tasting four or five years ago in London and with some friends in Clare a couple of years ago. Of course Wendouree is in Clare … Continue reading

The view from above

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Pictured below is my current workplace. The terrace at the Hotel Gervasoni in Valparaiso is the setting for the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles Chile 2010 tasting. Not a bad place in which to work. We tasted 49 wines this morning, … Continue reading