2015 Gusbourne, Pinot Noir, Boot Hill Vineyard, Kent, England

I tasted this wine back in early May and have waited patiently for over two months for its release.  This column is the global scoop for this wine, too, because while I pen this in the first week of July, it has still yet to be delivered to Berry’s cellars and its maker, fizz specialists Gusbourne, has yet to list it on their website!  By the date…

The Amorist - July 2017

Wine labels have the power to make or break a relationship, whether it’s with a partner or indeed, more tragically, with the bottle itself.  A great label can work its magic on the drinker and some can even engender deep-rooted feelings of love or wanton desire.  An irreverent Aussie wine company called Some Young Punks created a suite of labels…

Four great wines and also a piece on Domaine de la Senche, Minervois

The recipes mentioned this week are, apparently, 'the best salads in the world' and they all appear alongside my column in Weekend Magazine.2016 Feudo di Santa Tresa, Grillo / Viognier, Sicily, Italy (£8.99, cellarandkitchen.adnams.co.uk; £9.99,  www.vintageroots.co.uk; £9.99, www.ocado.com; £9.95, Stainton Wines tel. 01539 731886; £9.49, selected…

2015 Circe, Pinot Noir, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia

I first wrote this wine up in my 100 Best Australian Wines 2016/17 Report which was published over a year ago and at the time there was only a dribble of stock in the country.  Now BBR has a goodly amount of cases I feel compelled to alert you to its existence.  Circe’s wines come from the scholarly academy of winemaking.  These are fastidious,…