A rare Colombard, an even rarer Pecorino and a positively ‘unicorn-rare’ juicy Pinot Noir from the Loire.

The recipes mentioned in the copy below relate to Giorgio Locatelli's feature in Weekend Magazine today.2016 Villemarin Picpoul de Pinet, Coteaux de Languedoc, France (£9.99, reduced to £7.99 on a mix six deal, until 30 October, Majestic).  The recent waves of Picpoul reaching our shores are certainly managing to slake our thirst and at the deal…

2014 Nerthus, Bourgogne Chardonnay, Haute Côte de Beaune, Roblet-Monnot, Burgundy, France

White Burgundy is getting a bit of a bashing at the moment from Aussie Chardonnay.  Why is this happening?  The reason is that white Burgundy is seemingly maturing early and earlier as the years tick by while Australia’s finest seem to improve with five, ten and even fifteen years under their belts.  I attended a very smart wine dinner the other…

Vasse Felix vertical and launch of Tom Cullity presented by winemaker Virginia Willcock

 Tom Cullity Launch presented by Vasse Felix winemaker Virginia WillcockDr Thomas Brendan Cullity (1925 - 2008) founded Vasse Felix in 1967.  He planted an 8-acre vineyard in Cowaramup and this year sees its 50th anniversary.  His prescience and persistence meant that he established the first commercial vines in Margaret River and he has been…

Hentley Farm new release tasting with winemaker Andrew Quin

Hentley Farm, Barossa Valley, South Australia with winemaker Andrew Quin 18th September 2017Earlier today, I was fortunate to have the chance to be the first in the UK to taste the new Hentley Farm releases.  Here are my thoughts.(Please note that the prices noted are approximate retail prices in £)2016 The Stray Mongrel (£27.99)A…