Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Nuits, Pierre Naigeon, 2008

Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Nuits, Pierre Naigeon, 2008
Back in January, when I was in Burgundy with Mark Haisma, we coincidentally kept picking 2008’s off the wine lists of the restaurants we visited. Much to the disdain of the waiters and sommeliers who tried their best to guide us to a more ‘suitable’ decision. You see there is a general opinion that 2008 ...

Domaine la Bastide Abondance, 2011

Domaine la Bastide Abondance, 2011
Another one-off bottle recommendation from The Good Wine Shop in Kew. This is a very rich, almost sweet style of Roussanne – one of my favourite white grapes, maybe it’s the addition of the Vermentino? Which I’m not so familiar with. This is the second Italian grape variety I’ve tasted this weekend that I haven’t ...

I Frati, Cà dei Frati, 2011

I Frati, Cà dei Frati, 2011
Cà dei Frati was founded 1939 by Felice Dal Cero, and is now run by the third generation of the Dal Cero family, it has a reputation as one of the finest producers of wine in the Lugana DOC which lies in the north of Italy, south of Lake Garda in Lombardy. Depending on where ...

EQ Pinot Noir, 2008

EQ Pinot Noir, 2008
I’ve been drinking too much young wine recently, mostly in the name of research. So I thought it was time to drink one of the many wines in my cellar that are actually ready (or even overdue!) for drinking… And this EQ Pinot is definitely ready – about 5 years cellar age on a bottle ...

Sharpham Estate Dart Valley Reserve, 2010

Sharpham Estate Dart Valley Reserve, 2010
Being a student of Vine Growing at Plumpton College and a wine nut in the deep south west of England where Vineyards are, if not prolific, becoming more common, I’d be amiss not to try some of the local efforts in viticulture, continuing on a highly varied path of tasting through how the quality in ...

La Rioja Alta Viña Ardanza Reserva, 2004

La Rioja Alta Viña Ardanza Reserva, 2004
After recieving an email from Bodega Santa Cecilia which highlighted a Spanish wine for an astonishing 4 Euros! and where I got some extremely rare El Reventón (the total UK allocation is apparently something like 2 cases!) for a staggering £35 which is a total steal, partly by somehow not ending up paying any duty, ...

Leyda Chardonnay Lot 5, 2010

Leyda Chardonnay Lot 5, 2010
Another one-off bottle recommendation from The Good Wine Shop in Kew, and again they have proven their worth, despite the dodgy label!  At the end of the ‘Kloof Friday Swim tasting about a week ago Chef Barrie opened a bottle of Pinot from the Leyda valley, jeez it really had a unique style – burnt ...

Domain du Gavillas, Lo Vièlh, 2008

Domain du Gavillas, Lo Vièlh, 2008
I’ve ordered this wine at The Lion before (I think!) and find it confusing and perplexing, and not just because it’s never been the first bottle consumed either! I’m a little confused about what it is exactly; the label has a boat load going on – what does Lo Vièlh mean? How do you even ...

Edmeades Zinfandel, 2009

Edmeades Zinfandel, 2009
The original idea was to taste this against the Bogle Zinfandel as they were similar prices (Ok, the Bogle was about £2 cheaper!) However, as usual I over engineered the tasting and added two more zinfandels – Ravenswood and Frog’s Leap. Despite being a favourite of ours for the past year or so and being a wine ...

Ravenswood Old Vine Zinfandel, 2010

Ravenswood Old Vine Zinfandel, 2010
This was bought as a bit of a wildcard for the Zinfandel tasting, the other wines all costing in excess of £15. it actually stood up to the others very well and didn’t stand out in terms of lack of quality. I initially had it confused with the Edmeades, so at least in the context of a late night ...
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