2016 Westwell Wines, Amphora Ortega, Kent, England

The ‘Naughty Hare’ Ortega is the UK’s first amphora wine. ‘Who cares’, I hear you cry!  ‘Isn’t this fad already past its prime?’  To be brutally frank, I don’t usually care what a wine is fermented in if it tastes this good, but if the flavour is in some way derived from this historic vessel […]
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Matthew Jukes Report - 100 Best Australian Wines 2018-19

100 Best Australian Wines Roadshow 2018/19 - Save these dates

100 Best Australian Wines Roadshow 2018/19 - Save these dates I am thrilled to announce that the 100 Best Australian Wines Roadshow 2018/19 is taking shape and here are the dates for my tour!  You will see that there are some familiar names and some brand new partners, too.  It is without a doubt the most ambitious and far-reaching Roadshow since…

Five fruit-driven wines this week, with strawberry, plum and cherry notes in my selection!

Five fruit-driven wines this week, with strawberry, plum and cherry notes in my selection!  The strawberries mentioned below pick up the theme from the cookery pages in this week’s Weekend Magazine. 2017 Marlborough Rosé, 9.5%, Forrest Wines, New Zealand (£11.00, Marks & Spencer). Dr John Forrest expertly prunes his vines to achieve full ripeness of […]
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2013 Moss Wood, Ribbon Vale Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River, Western Australia

I hosted a rather fine private client event last week in Mayfair and lined up a superb collection of what I call ‘everyday posh’ wines from London merchant Jeroboams.  All European apart from one, this was an evening with a cornucopia of flavours and, by all accounts, the wines hit their mark.  Interestingly, the most […]
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