2018 Niepoort, Vertente, Douro, Portugal

It has been stiflingly hot at times this year, and while many people reach for chilled whites and rosés, we drink as many chilled reds as we do other styles.  The rules are simple when chilling red wine.  Seek out youthful bottles that are fruit-forward in flavour with little noticeable oak or tannin.  That is all you need to know.  I have two…

Vineyard Magazine – August 2022 – Stick to your Guns

Vineyard August 2022 Stick to your Guns www.vineyardmagazine.co.uk It’s always nice to hear from readers and moments after my column was published last month, my Twitter feed sputtered into life and then within the hour, an email landed in my inbox.  It turns out that there is an English wine with ‘White from White’ written proudly on its…
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The Jukes Three Box Set – the ultimate alcohol-free tasting experience

The Jukes Three Box Set £117 reduced to £105 Our default selection is one box of each of Jukes 1, Jukes 6 and Jukes 8 but you can mix and match as you desire! So, make your own set of 3 boxes and choose from: Jukes 1 'The Classic White': Citrus & herbal Jukes 2 'The Bright Red': Autumnal red with red fruit layers and faint smokiness Jukes…

2020 Pouilly Sur Loire, Chasselas, Jonathan Didier Pabiot, France

Made from the rare Chasselas grape, this incredible white wine comes from Sauvignon Blanc’s spiritual home in Pouilly Sur Loire.  So, why does Pabiot bother making a Chasselas – a grape that very few have ever heard of?  The short answer is that it is drop-dead gorgeous, but the longer answer is more intriguing. Jonathan’s grandfather, Lucien,…
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The Penfolds Collection 2022 – full notes and scores

Peter Gago launches The Penfolds Collection 2022 Embargoed until 21st July I was delighted to taste these wines with Peter Gago and also Jancis Robinson. The prices shown are Australian RRPs AUSTRALIA WHITE 2021 Penfolds, Bin 311 Chardonnay, Australia (AUD50) 100% Chardonnay 12.5% alc. Nine months in French oak barriques (38% new and…