Dublin Flamenco Festival 2013 – Flamenco & Sherry by Tío Pepe

As sherry week on The Vine Inspiration draws to a close, it’s fitting that we finish with a party, and the party in question was one of the opening events of the 2013… Continue reading

A Visit to Drakes Tabanco

After such an intense day of palomino palate punishment at The Great Sherry Tasting (not a bad thing at all I might add, as I’m sure you gathered from my recent posts!), I… Continue reading

The Great Sherry Tasting 2013 – Palo Cortado and Oloroso

It’s day three of sherry week on The Vine Inspiration. Yesterday, I wrote about some of the most enjoyable aged fino and amontillado I tasted at The Great Sherry Tasting held in London… Continue reading

The Great Sherry Tasting 2013 – Aged Fino and Amontillado

It’s day two of sherry week on The Vine Inspiration and we’re on to the good stuff. October 2013 saw the second incarnation of the, now hopefully annual, Great Sherry Tasting. The event… Continue reading

Dry Sherry – An Introduction

This week is sherry week on The Vine Inspiration! Isn’t every week ‘sherry week’ I hear you ask? Well yes, but this week is particularly sherry filled, as I’m finally getting around to… Continue reading

Most Enjoyable Wines Of 2013 – Pol Roger Brut Vintage 2002 Champagne

With grower Champagnes all the rage in recent years, a lot of the grande marques have become quite unhip in the minds of the wine cognoscenti. Thankfully, seeing as I think its standard… Continue reading

Exploring Biodynamic Wine – A Year Of Talks With Demeter – A Summary From Saverio Petrilli

I’ve opined recently whether certification is an issue for biodynamic growers in Italy. I made this comment having encountered several growers who employ biodynamic practices in their vineyards, but don’t wish to formalise… Continue reading

Most Enjoyable Wines of 2013 – Santa Caterina Colli di Luni Vermentino 2011

As the curtain begins to draw on 2013, we’ll soon be inundated with awards, lists, top-10s and yet more awards for the best wines of the year. Having found this to be a… Continue reading

Sesti Brunello Di Montalcino 2001 at Hawksmoor

London…..Handford Wines…..Sesti Brunello di Montalcino 2001…..Hawksmoor…..BYO £5 corkage on Mondays…..decanted…..bone marrow and onions…..tuts from disapproving neighbouring diners…..juicy t-bone…..beef dripping chips…..delicious Sangiovese…..still many good years ahead of it…..espresso…..Gelupo…..home. Do you need me to fill… Continue reading

Exploring Biodynamic Wine – ‘Monty Waldin’s Best Biodynamic Wines’ Book

I’ve said before that “in the kingdom of the biodynamically blind, the man who has read Monty Waldin’s book is biodynamic king”. The book I was referring to at the time was  “Biodynamic… Continue reading