Villa Antinori Toscana, 2009

Villa Antinori Toscana, 2009
I put this up against the Sassicaia 2002 to form a pseudo ‘Super Tuscan’ tasting as I thought it would make a good contrast – This costing £14 and Sassicaia £114!  It wasn’t here to compete, but was intended to be a simple comparison in quality. However this stood up extremely well to the Sassicaia ...

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 ...

Quartz Reef Pinot Noir, 2010 1

Quartz Reef Pinot Noir, 2010
This wasn’t great when I first tried it after buying a whole case and a half (long story) on Jancis Robinson’s recommendation, but after lying in my cellar for just over a year being a constant reminder of my own failure and waste of money I tried it again a couple of weeks ago in Devon. ...

Yves Cuilleron Viognier Les vignes d’à côté, 2011

Yves Cuilleron Viognier Les vignes d’à côté, 2011
Yves Cuilleron produces a divine Condrieu les Chaillets which comes in at about £40 these days, this Viognier (from which Condrieu is made) is cleverly named Les vignes d’à côté – ‘the vines next door’, which implies they are grown next to the Condrieu. In fact they are from the general commune of Chavanay rather than the ...

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 ...

Château Gapbern Gasqueton, 2009

Château Gapbern Gasqueton, 2009
I swear I remember Jancis Robinson raving at how good quality this wine was in her en-primeur tasting notes, even possibly as a wine of the week? It was such a huge underrated bargain she even revealed that she bought some herself. Since reading the review I’ve kept a curious eye out for it, even if ...

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 ...

Quartz Reef Pinot Noir, 2010

Quartz Reef Pinot Noir, 2010
Back in January last year this was Jancis Robinson’s Wine of the Week, it sounded interesting and appealed to me at the time, probably due to the comparison to Burgundian Pinot. It also happened to be on offer at Majestic at the same time for the relative bargain of £14.99, so I bought a case… ...

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 ...
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