Australia, New Zealand and Spain under the spotlight this week

Some lovely wines this week and even a few matches for the pancake recipes featured in Weekend Magazine, too!2014 Dandelion, Lionheart of the Barossa Shiraz, South Australia (approx. £12.99, www.nywines.co.uk, www.rudewines.co.uk; www.vinneuf.co.uk, www.worthbrothers.co.uk, www.etonvintners.com).  Pound for pound this must be the most impressive…

2009 Château Lafon-Rochet, 4ème Cru, Saint-Estèphe, Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux, as a region, seems to lack the romance of Burgundy and the wildness of the Rhône.  Instead it puts up with empty Châteaux, with their shutters drawn, little joy on the gastronomic front outside of the City itself and relatively uninspiring countryside.  The famous wines are invariably expensive and so many of us look elsewhere for charming,…

Six of the greatest New Zealand wines from the annual NZ Wine Tasting

Six of the greatest New Zealand wines on our shelves from the annual NZ Wine Tasting with occasional mentions of some slow-cooked recipes featured in this week's Weekend Magazine.2016 Tinpot Hut, Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand (approx. £13.95, Noel Young tel. 01223 566744, The Wine Reserve tel. 01932 866682, Reserve Wines tel. 0161…