Calling all Women of Wine – a chance to explore the wines of Lebanon & Georgia


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If you’re female, live in or around London and are remotely interested in wine, Women of Wine is organising an event next week at Whole Foods Market in Kensington looking at Georgian and Lebanese wines. As well as the chance to try several wines, there will be three speakers (all male…) on hand to tell […]

Quinta do Noval, Swedes and Morris Dancing


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Saw on Facebook that Jamie Goode is currently staying at Quinta do Noval. Hope he’s having a great time, I have fond memories of being there at roughly the same point for the 1998 vintage, which was, not to mince words, one of the crapper years in recent memory. It was in the period before […]

The Best UK Wine Blogs…


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…according to Tim Atkin in the Observer (see here) include this particular site. Thanks for that Tim, what you don’t see is my frustration with not having enough time in the day to really do with this web site what I want. I have notebooks full of tasing notes, a number of cameras – stills, […]

Kevin Judd and feline wine


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I’ve spooken, sorry, spoken about Spook the 3-legged cat on these pages before (here for example). I was reminded of her once again this week when I bumped into her former keeper, Kevin Judd. Kevin  has spent much of his life since the mid-1980s helping to propel Cloudy Bay to international stardom, with some time […]

Tasting etiquette from both sides of the table


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On the train on the way to London for yet more sniffing and spitting. Tomorrow, there’s the annual Argentine bash plus the autumn tastings of two of the UK’s top importers, Boutinot and Liberty Wines. Overload on one day surely? Maybe for those who live in London, but for those based elsewhere who aren’t around […]

The No.1 Selling Wine In Italy…


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…is Caviro Tavernello, according to the packaging of two Tetrapaks that arrived last week – who am I to dispute such a claim?

Anyone who’s read about my experiences with the top-selling wines in the UK (see here) will know that I wasn’t all that impressed. But surely matters must be better in the land of […]