2019 Howard’s Folly, Sonhador Branco, Alentejo, Portugal

The Howard in question is Howard Bilton, an ebullient Yorkshireman with a deep love of great wine and fine art.  The Folly part signposts to anyone who is not aware that making wine is never a very good idea if you are hoping to make some profit!  Nevertheless, Howard has set up a stunning winery and restaurant in the pretty town of Estremoz, in the…
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2020 Bordeaux En Primeur Report – Episode 3 – Pichon Baron, Pibran & Suduiraut

2020 Bordeaux En Primeur Report Episode 3 - Pichon Baron, Pibran & Suduiraut 2020 Château Pibran (Pauillac) 55% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon 50% new oak for 18 months This is a plump, juicy Pibran with a mass of black fruit which crowds the palate as soon as you take a sip.  Bold and relatively forward with dusty but not aggressive…
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2020 Bordeaux En Primeur Report – Episode 2 – Sociando-Mallet

2020 Bordeaux En Primeur Report Episode 2 - Sociando-Mallet 2020 Château Sociando-Mallet (Haut-Médoc) (53% Merlot, 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc) 90% new oak for 12 months 14% alc 42 hL/ha Harvested between 14th  - 30th September There is an overriding sense of calm in 2020 Sociando-Mallet and it arrives the very first…

Vineyard Magazine – May 2021

Vineyard May 2021 Green and Pleasant www.vineyardmagazine.co.uk While we are inching closer to being allowed out of our houses to enjoy ourselves, it appears that holiday travel abroad, this summer, is far from certain.  Having gambled last year, and lost, the Jukes family has decided to play safe, make the most of our green and pleasant land and…
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FOOD & WINE MATCHING – everything you ever needed to know about this mysterious art

FOOD & WINE I have written about food and wine-matching for over twenty years.  Thirteen of my fourteen wine books have featured comprehensive food and wine-matching chapters and I have written over 1000 columns in the Daily Mail’s Weekend Magazine along this theme as well.  For more than 26 years, I wrote the wine lists for a handful of award-winning…