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Vineyard Magazine – January 2021 – Flirting with Oak

Vineyard Magazine - January 2021 New Year Resolutions - Flirting with Oak www.vineyardmagazine.co.uk Increasing numbers of wines are flirting with oak these days, but as so few of them manage to get the balance right I thought it important to highlight a trio of perfectly assembled wines in the hope that keen drinkers can look closely at these recipes…

Vineyard – December 2020 – Deck the Halls

Vineyard December 2020 Deck the Halls www.vineyardmagazine.co.uk This is my 36th column for Vineyard Magazine and while we slowly make our way towards what will likely be the most unusual Christmas for a very long time I felt the need to do something extraordinary and, perhaps, unexpected on these two pages. While some feel that celebrations might…

Vineyard – November 2020 – Acid trip

Vineyard November 2020 Acid Trip www.vineyardmagazine.co.uk  This is the very first time in my life that I have recommended three wines that I don’t love.  I really like them, but love is not yet in the air.  This because these wines are all, officially, too young to drink and this is, most definitely, a good thing.  I am starting to spot a…

Vineyard – October 2020 – Listen In

Vineyard October 2020 Listen In www.vineyardmagazine.co.uk We all recognise that Covid-19 has been ruthless and indiscriminate.  All manner of wine tasting events have been cancelled and those that are still sitting in our diaries, in pencil, are in danger of being rubbed out, too.  One of the biggest wine tasting casualties of 2020 was the annual…

Vineyard – September 2020 – Throwing out the Rule Book

Vineyard September 2020 Throwing out the Rule Book www.vineyardmagazine.co.uk  I have written about rebels before on this page and it sparked a fair amount of debate.  I mentioned that there is nothing worse than a fake rebel and nothing more exciting and dynamic than a real one – as long as the wines stack up.  This month I am taking this non-conformist…

Vineyard – August 2020 – King of Clubs

Vineyard - August 2020 King of Clubs www.vineyardmagazine.co.uk There is a huge amount of skill involved in running a successful club.  It’s a balancing act involving trying to attract the ‘right’ members, giving them top quality service and then doing all you can to make them return and spend more money with you.  Members benefits are the…

Vineyard – July 2020 – Still Improving

Vineyard - July 2020 Still Improving www.vineyardmagazine.co.uk  I drink an awful lot more still wine than I do sparkling.  I have never really considered what the ratio is exactly, but if I opened more than one bottle of fizz per fortnight I would be surprised.  I don’t think that this is unusual either.  With our homegrown industry focussing…

Vineyard – June 2020 – Sustainability is Vital

Vineyard - June 2020 Sustainability is Vital www.vineyardmagazine.co.uk If you said, ‘name two sustainable wineries’ to me, my knee jerk response would be Ancre Hill and Forty Hall.   Sustainability is now so vital to us and our planet that its message ought to be woven into every single business alive, but it is not.  It is a real pain the…

Vineyard – May 2020 – Looking North

Vineyard - May 2020 Looking North www.vineyardmagazine.co.uk I have never visited a vineyard north of London.  Having said this, I have never visited Argentina or Chile which people think very odd because I am a wine writer and I ought to have been everywhere.  Not so – I taste wine and write about taste.  I don’t write about travel.  In…

Vineyard – April 2020 – Newcomers All

Vineyard - April 2020 Newcomers All www.vineyardmagazine.co.uk  Henry Sugden asks his clients to inform him and his winemakers what style of wine they would like them to make.  This informed style defines the wine that Rob Merrick and Poppy Seeley aim for in the winery and it also helps Henry to back up their vinous alchemy with rafts of business…

Vineyard – March 2020 – Hampshire

Vineyard - March 2020 Hampshire www.vineyardmagazine.co.uk I was born in Hampshire and I lived there for my first seven years.  Belgium, Berkshire, Kent and London are my other stops along the way but I think I feel Hampshire-ish, if I was forced to pin myself down to a single county.  But why should I feel moved to do this, after all I don’t…

Vineyard – February 2020 – Food for Thought

Vineyard  - February 2020 Food for Thought www.vineyardmagazine.co.uk There is a popular term in the wine business for bottles which seem a little more structured, youthful or edgy than usual.  You will have heard it over and over again at wine tastings – ‘it’s a food wine’.  Everyone nods sagely when this expression is trotted out. …

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