2007 Ayala, No.7 Brut, Champagne, France

I have a soft spot for Ayala.  Thirteen years ago, I visited the winery and asked them to keep back…
14th August 2020/by Matthew

2018 Castlewood, Devon Minnow, Block HH Clone Gf1 Bacchus, Devon

First the fantasy and then the reality.  Castlewood specialises in sparkling wines, but they took the…
7th August 2020/by Matthew

2018 Poggio alle Gazze dell’Ornellaia, Tuscany, Italy

Winemaker Olga Fusari managed to perform a perfect tightrope routine when she made this wonderful wine. …
31st July 2020/by Matthew

2019 Blackbook Winery, Controversy Pinot Meunier, Coombe Bottom Vineyard,  Sussex

I bump into winemaker Sergio Verrillo more often than any other winemaker in the world.  The reason…
24th July 2020/by Matthew

MoneyWeek Wine Club – July 2020

MoneyWeek Wine Club introduces Six Summer Beauties
Handford Wines
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22nd July 2020/by Matthew

2019 Le Sabbie dell’Etna, Etna Bianco, Firriato, Sicily, Italy

Etna wine is very much in vogue right now.  They are popping up everywhere and you inevitably have to…
17th July 2020/by Matthew

2018 Cordillera de los Andes, Chardonnay, Miguel Torres, Limarí Valley, Chile

There is a covert faction out there of determined and vehemently loyal palates with rather select desires. …
10th July 2020/by Matthew

2016 Quinta da Romaneira, Reserva, Douro, Portugal

It has been a long wait for the guardians of the Douro Valley to make truly awesome red wines.  While…
3rd July 2020/by Matthew

2019 Hamilton Russell Vineyards, Chardonnay, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, South Africa

In particularly challenging vintages there is an outside chance that a winery can make truly remarkable…
26th June 2020/by Matthew

MoneyWeek Wine Club – June 2020

MoneyWeek Wine Club introduces a stunning collection of six thrilling wines
Tanners Wine Merchants
24th June 2020/by Matthew

2018 Oxney Organic, Chardonnay, East Sussex, England – ahead of English Wine Week

Before I talk about my featured wine I must mention another Oxney wine which is sensational - 2016 Oxney…
19th June 2020/by Matthew

2017 Barbaresco, Bruno Rocca, Piemonte, Italy

I have recently published my 2020 Piemonte Report which features nearly 1400 tasting notes from the best…
12th June 2020/by Matthew

2015 Fox & Fox, Mayfield, Essence Pure Chardonnay Brut

I remember meeting Gerard Fox five or six years ago at a tasting I was hosting in the City. He mentioned…
5th June 2020/by Matthew

2018 Saint-Romain, Sous le Château, Domaine Henri & Gilles Buisson, Burgundy, France

My old pal Robin Davis, from Swig, told me he had found an absolute gem of a line-up from Burgundy and…
29th May 2020/by Matthew

MoneyWeek Wine Club – May 2020

MoneyWeek Wine Club introduces a stunning collection of wines from The Old Bridge Wine Shop
(t) 01480…
27th May 2020/by Matthew

2015 Château Brisson, Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux, France

Three bottles this week, all filled with the same wine.  It is very rare to find such a generous, ripe…
22nd May 2020/by Matthew

La Gitana, Manzanilla En Rama, Bodegas Hidalgo La Gitana, Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Spain

There are fewer ‘anniversary moments’ in the wine trade these days.  I remember, albeit thirty or…
15th May 2020/by Matthew

2018 Côte de Brouilly, Les Grillés, Domaine Chevalier-Métrat, Beaujolais, France

I love this outfit and I knew exactly what to expect as this wine approached my olfactory gear.  I also…
8th May 2020/by Matthew

2018 Château d’Esclans, Les Clans Rosé, Côtes de Provence, France

The top-flight 2018 releases from Sacha Lichine’s temple to elite rosé have just arrived in the UK…
1st May 2020/by Matthew

2007 Billecart-Salmon, Cuvée Louis Salmon, Brut Blanc de Blancs, Champagne, France

Billecart-Salmon’s elite Blanc de Blancs is named after Louis, the brother of Elisabeth Salmon, who…
24th April 2020/by Matthew

MoneyWeek Wine Club – April 2020

MoneyWeek Wine Club introduces a stunning Spring selection
from Robert Rolls
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23rd April 2020/by Matthew

2018 Dolcetto d’Alba, Massolino, Piemonte, Italy

I am currently putting the finishing touches to my 2020 Piemonte Report and while this huge body of tasting…
17th April 2020/by Matthew

2017 Seresin, Leah Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand

A few weeks ago, I enjoyed a fantastic morning tasting Michael Seresin’s new releases.  If you recognise…
10th April 2020/by Matthew

2018 Lagrein, Tramin, Alto Adige, Italy

First, the facts to set the scene for this remarkable wine.  Cantina Tramin was founded in 1898 and…
3rd April 2020/by Matthew