An update on the sherries of Bodegas Tradición

A quick note on the sherries from Bodegas Tradición which I had the great fortune to try again recently. These really are a range of best-in-class sherries across the board but three really stood… Continue reading

Feats of Clay: A Winemakers’ Perspective on Qvevri, Tinajas and Amphora Wine

Such a long time has passed since the conclusion of The Real Wine Fair 2014 that this post can hardly be even loosely described as being associated with the event. It has taken… Continue reading

Sipsmith Botanical Feast – James Bond and Casino Royale (sort of!)

A dry martini,” [Bond] said. “One. In a deep champagne goblet.” “Oui, monsieur.” “Just a moment. Three measures of Sipsmith London Dry Gin, one of Sipsmith Barley Vodka, half a measure of Kina… Continue reading

International Sherry Week in Ireland

With only days to go until International Sherry Week (2nd-8th June) it’s time to get planning what events to attend. There are loads of events planned across Ireland, from Bantry to Cork, Galway… Continue reading

The Real Wine Fair 2014 – Sicily

Tobacco Dock was bathed in sunshine during The Real Wine Fair, and I think the weather only served to fuel my infatuation with the array of fresh and bright light and medium bodied red wines on… Continue reading

An ‘Orange’ Lunch in The Remedy

I had a fantastic ‘orange’ lunch today in The Remedy wine bar in London. The highlight was the Pierluigi Zampaglione Don Chisciotte Fiano 2011 from Campania, and alongside the San Marzano tomato toast… Continue reading

The Real Wine Fair 2014 – Cristiano Guttarolo, Gioia del Colle, Puglia

Last autumn I braved the journey that is ‘rail and sail’ from London to Dublin. It was horrendous. Cancelled ferries, a 6 hour layover in Hollyhead, Wales, most of which I spent in a pub… Continue reading

Thoughts From The Real Wine Fair 2014

As the dust settles on The Real Wine Fair and Real Wine Month 2014, I’m finally getting around to writing up my notes from a fantastic two days in Tobacco Dock. Over the… Continue reading

Learning About Barbaresco with Enogea and Alessandro Masnaghetti

Do you know your Montefico from your Montestefano? How about the location of the border between Rabajà and Asili? If like, me, you’ve generally steered clear of single vineyard Barbaresco in favour of Barbaresco sourced… Continue reading

International Sherry Week: 2nd – 8th June 2014

Mark your calendars! Following on from the success of World Sherry Day, the festivities this year have now been extended to a week-long celebration of Sherry from 2nd – 8th June 2014. This year International… Continue reading