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Tamarind Mayfair, Wine & Me

Tamarind Mayfair 20 Queen St, London W1J 5PR "The finest Indian Restaurant in London" As many of you know, I have worked in the wine trade for 37 years. While I now specialise in writing for matthewjukes.com, I have been fortunate to work in all sides of the wine business, from retail, wholesaling, buying, and for 30 of these years, I wrote wine…
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Hallstein Artesian Water – Grand Cru Refreshment

      I have experienced the 'water sommelier' phenomenon a couple of times. While I used to find it somewhat ridiculous, I now read the water menu and endeavour to make an informed choice. There are those water brands I don't fancy ordering - simply because I'm not too fond of the taste. And others I find acceptable - of…
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100 Best Australian Wines Roadshow 2022/23 – FINAL UPDATE

The 100 Best Australian Wines 2022/23 Roadshow kicks off in early 2023 and I am delighted to alert you to a stunning line-up of events around the country.  Here are the confirmed dates so far.  A lot more detail regarding timings and tickets will follow but, for now, this post should help you lock in a date for an event in a city near you.  There…
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Swinney Wine Dinner and Vertical Tasting, presented by Matthew Jukes

6th June 2023; 18.30; £99 per person Smith & Wollensky 1-11 John Adam Street London WC2N 6HT link to tickets here Swinney are renowned growers of top-quality grapes in the exceptional Frankland River region. The best of the best (less than 5% of total production) goes into the Swinney label. Of this, only fruit of ultimate quality makes it…
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Celebrating 60 years of Henschke’s Legendary Hill of Grace

This essay was first published on the Club Oenologique website on 12th April 2023 Here is a link to the full article Stephen and Prue Henschke welcomed a group of Australian wine writers, and yours truly, to their newly renovated cellar door for a one-off celebration of Hill of Grace to mark 60 years of its production while at the same time launching…
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Sandford Orchards – A Cider Eureka Moment

Sandford Devon Red Supreme Cider £29.00 for 12 x 500ml bottles (£2.42 each) HERE Sanfrod Reserve Fine Cask-Aged Cider £32.50 for 12 x 500ml bottles (£2.71 each) HERE I visited the incredible Darts Farm, near Topsham in Devon to host a leg of my 100 Best Australian Wines Roadshow and I was fortunate to spend the evening with Michael and James…
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A stellar portfolio at Koerner, Clare Valley, South Australia

A Portfolio Tasting with Damon & Jono Koerner www.koernerwine.com.au   I was fortunate to taste the recently released (some in January and the rest this month) range of Koerner wines with brothers Damon and Jono recently, and it was an eye-opener, to say the least. I cannot think of a range of wines that has had such a profound impact on me. I…
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Nine vintages of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (2020 – 2011)

www.corneyandbarrow.com 2020s from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (tasted February 2023) There is no doubt that 2020 is a superb vintage for DRC. The word I noted down more than any other on my tasting sheet was ‘generosity’.   These wine have a precocity and charm that makes them seem irresistible and yet beneath the surface there is enough…
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A ground-breaking tasting – A preview of the new releases from Torbreck, Barossa Valley, South Australia

A tasting with Ian Hongell and Andrew Tierney in Adelaide, South Australia Part 2 of 2 In late February, I was fortunate to be among the first people in the world to taste the new vintage releases from Escarpment, one of New Zealand’s most famous Pinot Noir specialists, and Torbreck, the legendary Barossa Valley titan. Over the course of a couple…
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Wednesday Wines – Episode 155 – The 2020 Vintage Releases from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti

2020 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti www.corneyandbarrow.com There is no doubt that 2020 is a superb vintage for DRC. The word I noted down more than any other on my tasting sheet was ‘generosity’.   These wines have a precocity and charm that makes them seem irresistible and yet beneath the surface there is enough power and grace to allow them…
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A glittering array of new releases from Escarpment, Martinborough, New Zealand

A tasting with Ian Hongell and Andrew Tierney in Adelaide, South Australia Part 1 of 2 In late February, I was fortunate to be among the first people in the world to taste the new vintage releases from Escarpment, one of New Zealand’s most famous Pinot Noir specialists, and Torbreck, the legendary Barossa Valley titan.   Both of these properties…
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Some wonderful comments past & present on 100 Best Australian Wines

As I rev up for a 100 Best Australian Wines Roadshow, planned for early 2023, it is extremely exciting to reflect on this initiative's past and also its present.  Here are two wonderful passages, one from Richard Hemming MW, writing in jancisrobinson.com and a second from Roger Jones, writing an article in today's The Buyer. A past quote about…