Wednesday Wines

Wednesday Wines – Episode 138 – Cru Bourgeois du Médoc 2018, 2019, 2020

I recently tasted 90 Crus Bourgeois du Médoc split into thirds between 2018, 2019, and 2020. These wines were chosen by the Alliance of the Crus Bourgeois and the Château themselves, and I found nine wines that caught my eye. I have listed the wines below, along with the suggested UK distributor and the estimated ‘average’ price. I would suggest…

Wednesday Wines – Episode 137 – Alternative Christmas Gifts

I write about wine and only wine. So this week, with the season of goodwill approaching, I have found a few non-wine recommendations for you to savour.  This is a disparate collection of deliciousness designed to augment your gastronomic sensibilities! ‘Cooking, Simply and Well for One or Many’ by Jeremy Lee £30, Published by www.4thestate.co.uk Quite…

Wednesday Wines – Episode 136 – 2020 Vision: Barrel to Bottle

While the First Growths and various ‘Supers’ from both sides of the Gironde don’t show their wines at the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux tasting, London welcomed a cohort of great estates on the 9th of this month, and the big question was how did the wines look now that they have been bottled. In fact, many of the gérants asked this question:…

Tuesday Wines – Episode 135 – Black Friday at Majestic

For one week only, Wednesday Wines has moved to Tuesday to coincide with Black Friday deals at Majestic that are going live today.  A total of 23 lines are on sale this year, and I have picked out four cracking recommendations for you. In addition, Majestic has its annual ‘25% off all Fine Wine’ offer running from today until 28th November,…

Wednesday Wines – Episode 134 – 2022 Beaujolais Nouveau

I am lightening the mood and the wine this week in preparation for next Thursday, 19th November – Beaujolais Nouveau Day. I remember a big fuss being made of Beaujolais Nouveau back in the Eighties when I started working in the wine trade. There were eccentric Tufton-Buftons who would drive their jalopies at high speed back from Southern Burgundy,…

Wednesday Wines – Episode 133 – Pyramid Valley New Releases

A legendary estate reborn It was an honour to be among the first people in the UK to taste the newly released Pyramid Valley wines with co-owner and Kiwi winemaking legend Steve Smith MW on Monday this week. Please note that my tasting notes below are not edited and are immediate reactions to the wines and Steve's fascinating commentary. A little…

Wednesday Wines – Episode 132 – Introducing Diatomists

Get your order in for International Sherry Week: 7th - 13th November  ‘The solera system put the region on the map; we are here to prove that unique, exceptional soil produces unique, exceptional wine’, Antonio, George & Tommy, AKA, The Diatomists It is International Sherry Week, and I have a tremendous suite of wines for you to enjoy.  A…

Wednesday Wines – Episode 131 – Quick Fire, nine tremendous wines

Episode 131 – Quick Fire 19th October  2022 Nine tremendous discoveries this week. Fizz NV Westwell, Pelegrim Brut £32.50, www.westwellwines.com  The relaunch of Pelegrim sees winemaker Adrian Pike realise his dream of making a wine with later-picked ‘ultra-ripe fruit', a lower dosage and extended lees ageing (three years).  It also…

Wednesday Wines – Episode 130 – Two epic Grüners from Grabenwerkstatt

Episode 130 – Two epic Grüners from Grabenwerkstatt 12th October  2022 Setting the scene – first some (edited) information from The Wine Society website. Franz Hofbauer, schnitzel-cook extraordinaire, according to buyer Freddy Bulmer, and his friend Michale Linke are old mates, enthusiasts with bags of experience around the world of wine,…

Wednesday Wines – Episode 129 – The Best of The Bunch

Episode 129 - The Best of The Bunch 5th October  2022 The Bunch is a collective of seven elite UK independent wine merchants whose mantra is to raise the profile of grower-led wines while protecting and honouring the interests of wine consumers. I have faithfully attended their wine tastings since they set up this posse in 1993. Current Bunch…

Wednesday Wines – Episode 128 – 40 years of Chianti Rufina Riserva, Bucerchiale, Selvapiana

Episode 128 – 40 years of Chianti Rufina Riserva, Bucerchiale, Selvapiana, Tuscany, Italy 28th September 2022 Author’s note – please forgive the slightly stilted nature of this commentary.  I typed this into my iPad in a little over an hour while balancing it on the edge of a table, narrowly avoiding spilling any drops of precious wine! Liberty…

Wednesday Wines – Episode 127 – Grands Crus Classé Saint-Emilion

Episode 127 – Grands Crus Classés Saint-Emilion 21st September 2022 On 12th September, 25 Grands Crus Classés from Saint-Emilion set up stall on Landing42 of the ‘Cheesegrater’ or The Leadenhall Building. Each Château showed their 2019 vintage and one other.  From a total of 50 different wines, I have picked my favourite 15 for you…