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2020 Rocafosca, Priorat, Costers del Priorat, Spain

This week, six of the best from one of London’s finest merchants, Jeroboams.  Most of these wines are brand new, so check out the Jeros website, where you can enjoy stunning drawings by my great pal, Zebedee Helm while learning more about this sextet.   My lead wine, Rocafosca, is all about the black slate soils in which the mighty Grenache and…
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2021 Journey’s End, Destination Chardonnay, Stellenbosch, South Africa

I love scoops!  Sneak previews of outstanding wines keep me on my toes in this business, and I am fortunate to taste sensational wines nearly every day.  My most recent epic discovery was with Rollo Gabb, owner of Journey’s End and his winemaker Mike Dawson, at his newly renovated Quo Vadis Restaurant in Soho, London.  While my featured Chardy…
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2021 Yering Station, The Elms Chardonnay, Victoria, Australia

The Elms Chardonnay pays homage to the skilful winemaking at Yering Station and the idyllic Victorian climate. This timeless and refreshing white wine gives global Chardonnay styles a much-needed wake-up call with its silky-smooth, gentle and elegant flavours. This is the perfect white wine for elite aperitif duties, carefully-constructed starters and…
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2021 Cullen, Diana Madeline, Margaret River, Western Australia

I rarely recommend wines with no definitive retailer at the time of my filing copy. In fact, in 872 columns, this is the very first time.  The reason for this rule-shredding manoeuvre is the imminent release of the 2021 vintage of Diana Madeline. You will have been bombarded with 2022 Bordeaux releases of late, and so to redress the imbalance, here…
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2014 Mouchão, Herdade do Mouchão, Alentejo, Portugal

Regular readers know I am a big fan of Portuguese wines.  Last week I published a review of the finest wines from two of the most famous Portuguese supermarket chains on my website.  This will ensure you will not go wrong when seeking the finest bargains to drink while you are on your hols.  At the top end, I have done the same with three elite estates…
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2015 Bluebell Vineyard Estates, Hindleap Blanc de Blancs, England

English Wine Week starts tomorrow, and I have selected one of the most serene and beautiful wines for you to raise a glass to our thrilling home-grown wine industry. This is a noble creation made from 100% Chardonnay and with a mighty 52 months spent resting on its lees before disgorgement. Firm, taut and cleansing, this is a rapier-sharp Blanc de Blancs…
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2022 Domaine Pique Roque Rosé, Côtes de Provence, France

I have been buying this wine every year since it first landed on our shores back in 2006. It’s funny how brands come and go; some skyrocket, then fizzle, and others ghost off, never to be seen again. Powerhouse rosés like Mirabeau and Whispering Angel forge forwards with ever-increasing volumes and, to my mind, quality.  While these are both reliable…
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2022 Tyrrell’s, Brookdale Semillon, Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia

I have just finished 16 dates on my annual nationwide 100 Best Australian Wines Roadshow, where I have poured 43 wines from the collection for just shy of 2500 people.  I love meeting my readers and listening to their takes on wines I adore. I think the overarching theme of this year’s tour has been the love of Aussie Chardonnay at all price points…
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2018 Barbaresco, Rabajà, Giuseppe Cortese, Piemonte, Italy

It is admittedly rather lazy to state that I have a favourite vineyard in any wine region that I prize above all others. Still, in Barbaresco, in the heart of Piemonte, it is Rabajà. There I have done it. There are loads of superbly smart plots of Nebbiolo in this heavenly, hilly wine region, and I am confident that every Barbaresco lover will have…
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2020 Crozes-Hermitage, Domaine des Lises, Equis, Northern Rhône, France

It is interesting how rapid change is in the wine world as vintages tick by with alarming and seemingly ever-increasing frequency.  But while through one lens, the evolution of our trade is dynamic and exciting, some things never change.  In 1988, my first trip to Paris, under my own steam with monies saved from my first job in wine, was life-changing. …
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2021 Valpolicella, Classico, Ca’ La Bionda, Veneto, Italy

We have reached the mid-point of Spring, so in anticipation of warmer weather and Summer looming, I have found you one of the most deliciously gluggable reds I have tasted in years. Valpolicella is a well-known style of Italian red wines beloved by trattorias and pizzerias up and down the country. Few realise just how vast a category of red wines Valpol…
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2021 Fletcher, C21 Chardonnay, Langhe, Piemonte, Italy

Australian winemaker Dave Fletcher has made his home in the heart of one of the greatest wine regions in the world, Piemonte, where he makes an immaculate portfolio of wild wines. His base is a stunningly renovated train station in Barbaresco, under which he has installed his small but perfectly formed wine cellar. I cannot imagine a finer work/home…