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

Sherry Shorts: Leaving Jerez

Friday 11th September 2015 My head is a bit scrambled. I’m writing this while on the train to Malaga, and even accounting for the inevitable tinge of sadness when leaving Jerez, I’ve never… Continue reading

A Visit To Ar.Pe.Pe – Part 2: The Wines

I joked in part one about the incline of Ar.Pe.Pe.’s Grumello vineyards. In reality, the relative elevation of Grumello pales into insignificance alongside some of the vines in Sassella where the Pelizzatti Perego… Continue reading

A Visit to Ar.Pe.Pe: Part 1 – The Story

I had chosen the wrong footwear. That much was clear as we ascended further up Ar.Pe.Pe.’s Grumello vineyards. I had an inkling that they were going to be steep as we surveyed the… Continue reading

A Visit To Bodegas Rey Fernando de Castilla

It’s been almost a year to the day since my visit to Fernando de Castilla. My delay in writing this post was not due to any indifference to the sherries – they are… Continue reading

Brilliant Chianti Classico in Sheridans

Although bred as a Dublin city slicker, I was lucky enough to spend a few years working in Galway on Ireland’s west coast. These were the years before some clever advertising agent had branded… Continue reading

I’ll Zalto You A Thing Or Two

Lost in all the Riedel-Hosemaster kerfuffle is of course the most pertinent question of our wine time. Do people still consider Riedel to be the gold standard in wine glasses? (The Hosemaster fallout means I… Continue reading

IPA En Rama?

With ‘En Rama Season’ firmly in swing, it seems like a good time to update on the availability of some of the sherries I highlighted in my article for the May edition of The Taste… Continue reading

Arianna Occhipinti Grotte Alte Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2010

  This is my synthesis of Sicily That’s how Arianna Occhipinti describes Grotte Alte, her Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico. The wine spends 40 days on skins and 4 years in 25HL slavonian oak. While… Continue reading

COS In Colour

There have been two constants in my life over the past fortnight – COS Frappato and Jamie XX’s new album: In Colour. And both will make your summer immeasurably better! For some reason, COS… Continue reading