My 2016 Wine Predictions

Almost as ubiquitous as the annual wine awards schtick peddled by wine writers are the predictions for the year ahead. Such pontifications rarely have any bearing on the actual course of events, but I do often… Continue reading

WWW: Wonderful Wine Writing

I’ve been doing a lot more reading than writing recently, so what better way of getting back into the swing of things than sharing some of the most enjoyable pieces I’ve come across. ‘Amontillado: A Draught… Continue reading

The Vine Inspiration Wine and Music Awards 2015

Wines of the Year, Food Oscars, Golden Pints, everyone is at it. For many hacks and bloggers it seems to be merely a thinly veiled exercise to publicly thank the PR folk who gazed upon them… Continue reading

What a Fiasco! Monteraponi and Monte Bernardi Go Retro!

For many people, Chianti is simply a fiasco. It just depends whether you are talking about the traditional straw bottle baskets used as candle holders in dodgy pizzerias or the confusion that reigns amongst many wine drinkers trying to figure… Continue reading

Equipo Navazos Nights: La Bota de Fino No. 54

Something was confirmed for me both at the Great Sherry Tasting in London in September and my recent exploits in La Carboná, Jerez – Equipo Navazos are consistently releasing some of the most exciting… Continue reading

Equipo Navazos Nights: How Low Dare You Go?

For Equipo Navazos fans it’s a numbers game. And in the era of ‘Unicorn Wine’, where there’s a temptation to seek out all things rare, it seems to be a case of ‘the lower… Continue reading

Equipo Navazos Nights: La Bota de Amontillado No.49

In 2007 Gaspar Florido was purchased by Pedro Romero and some of the oldest sherries, which used to be marketed as ‘Jerez viejisimo‘ and absent of any other classification, were moved to the Pedro… Continue reading

Sherry Shorts: International Sherry Week in Ireland

The countdown is on! International Sherry Week runs from 2nd to 8th November, and Ireland is now thankfully on the events map. Stanley’s restaurant on St. Andrew’s St. is undoubtedly the hub for Dublin… Continue reading

Oddities and Rarities From Ar.Pe.Pe.

I’m a little obsessed with suitcase wine – wine that you stuff into your Samsonite swaddled with socks to ensure safe passage home from your travels. This isn’t about saving a few quid; oddities… Continue reading

Sherry Shorts: On Acidity, Salinity, Sapidity and Zing

A description of the acidity in sherry appears in many tasting notes. I’ve used it myself – Valdespino’s Manzanilla Deliciosa En Rama and Lustau’s La Ina fino come immediately to mind. But Palomino is… Continue reading