In a week that seems saturated in the capital with tastings across London, Armit's Italian wine showcase was, in my opinion, unmissable!
Sassicaia and Ornellaia 2015's on show, with plenty of other robust reds and world-class white's to boot.
2013 Brunello's put in an impressive performance, in particular Il Marroneto and Sesti.
Firstly, the whites. After the last week or so of intense, cold weather, I am a bit red-ed out. I also live in Streatham, so the recent burst water main supply did
This past Wednesday was a very special day for me. Since I returned (for a second time) from the Douro Valley, I have been working very closely with the wines of Lima Smith Lda. After forging some new partnerships with our suppliers, and making a bit of noise about these wonderful wines, it was time to showcase them on a very, very grand stage.
The venue was the residence of His Excellency, the Ambassador of Portugal to the UK, on Belgrave Square.
An early start got me there with plenty of
The UK's love affair with Argentina, in particular Malbec, has been well documented.
Today it was time for the maiden, 'Argentina Under the Radar' tasting at the Regency Hyatt, Portman Square. As one might expect, plenty of Malbec on show, but the day was really about showcasing not only the crown jewel of the Argentine wine trade, but some of the more emerging regions, varietals and styles.
We kicked the day off with a presentation with none other than Phil Crozier. Director of
When I was in the early stages of my wine endeavours, I was a poor student in Leeds. I would stay up until all hours swirling, sipping and spitting Chablis and Pinotage into a bowl in my shared kitchen in Hyde Park (no way near as glam as its London namesake).
To my housemates' shock-horror, the makeshift spit bowl or bucket was as unnecessary as it was disgusting, "Hey Mo, give this a try", I encouraged one of the lads one afternoon.
Mo was crashing on our sofa for a while. Seeing as the
European varietals making some noise down under...
There is no end to the levels of experimentation it seems in the wine making game these days.
We live in a time of orange, tannic white wine and 90 quid Slovenian reds. Nothing wrong with either, but we are constantly being hit by surprise after surprise.
This past week the Australia Day wine tasting was in full swing in London.
I took myself down just to have a casual look- and taste- around.
What was the first wine I saw? An Australian
In recent years, the UK can’t get enough of Malbec from Argentina. A little bit like what the Kiwi’s have done with the New Zealand ‘Savvy’, a big hole has been dug that seems quite difficult to get out of. Is this a wine fashion that will trough? Are the Argentine’s destined for type-cast for the rest of their days?
We have seen wines like Picpoul & barely pink Provence-style rosé surge in recent years, surely, they will drop away at some point as another wine style comes full circle with
Why you can drink sherry if you are a port lover!
Get the winter warmers in. The temperature has dropped to freezing and we all need some red, white or fortified wine to warm the cockles of our hearts.
For many, the Christmas go-to seems to be port wine- check out my Sainsbury’s VS Waitrose ‘under a tenner’ port tasting video here.
But, although it is making a bit of resurgence, I think that far too many people are still neglecting sherry.
Understandably, it is synonymous with the old
ITS TIME TO PICK A SIDE!
Waking up on the morning of Monday 6th November was tough. For those who can remember, a morning temperature of 3˚C in Brixton painfully reminded me that the summer was well and truly behind us- as if the recent ‘fall back’ of the clocks hadn’t done that already. So it wouldn’t have been difficult to bring a little warmth to my day. But, no better way to do so than a full shift of Douro wines presented by the masters of the region themselves at The New Douro
What does the future look like & the story of one of the Douro's most exciting winemakers
Forget my feet, my hands are still stained red with the wine of the Douro as I write this. I have just completed my second harvest in what I think is one of the most breathtaking wine regions in the world.
I might be a little head over heels with the culture, people and wine potential, so forgive me. But, there are some interesting things brewing (or fermenting) in the Douro.
Here I will tell you all
Dust off the sorting tables- its Grape Times in the Douro!
The nights are unfortunately starting to get a bit shorter which sucks! But, the end of the summer in both northern & southern hemispheres signals a new light- harvest- time to start picking & get the sorting table ready.
Whilst we have been trying to enjoy what small, inconsistent, rays of sunshine the great British summer serves up; winemakers & viticulturalist’s have been hard at work in the vineyard preparing for the