2016 Creation, Viognier, Walker Bay, South Africa

Regular readers will be familiar with my very occasional Viognier recommendations.  We made a pact together back in April 2016 only to drink this grape if I had given it the seal of approval.  If you have broken this pledge, then shame on you, and you deserve the inevitable disappointment to which your palate will […]
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Beaujolais Nouveau Day - 16th November 2017

I gave up on Beaujolais Nouveau a long time ago.  I always seem to remember the date though – it’s the third Thursday in November – but I don’t go out of my way to track down a glass of this style of wine.  Duboeuf and others ruined it for me decades ago and I […]
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Some seriously impressive wine this week at very keen prices

Some seriously impressive wine this week at very keen prices – don’t miss the Mas Barrau!  The recipes mentioned come from the Hairy Bikers’ Mediterranean Adventure book which is serialised in Weekend Magazine today. 2015 Lirac, Les Closiers, Southern Rhône, France (£10.50, Marks & Spencer).  Lirac is an underrated village in the Southern Rhône and […]
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A remarkable tasting of the Domaine Naturaliste portfolio of wines with Bruce Dukes

Domaine Naturaliste, Margaret River, Western Australia with winemaker Bruce Dukes I enjoyed a fascinating tasting with Bruce Dukes the other day.  Agronomist, obsessive, wine geek and highly experienced consultant to several other starry wine brands, Bruce is a font of knowledge and a man with phenomenal taste.  The detail that he goes to in the […]
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