Wednesday Wines

Wednesday Wines – Episode 126 – Beyond Bordeaux with CVBG

Episode 126 – Beyond Bordeaux CVBG Annual Tasting featuring Global Superstar Estates 14th September 2022 Each year, CVBG, one of the foremost Négociants in Bordeaux, hosts a tasting of the most important ‘non-Bordeaux’ wines sold on La Place de Bordeaux. It is a tasting that gives one a snapshot of wines that, by all accounts, super-collectors…

Wednesday Wines – Episode 125 – Reyneke New Releases

Episode 125 – Reyneke New Releases 7th September 2022 The new releases from Johan Reyneke are nothing short of stunning. A few of the wines below are in stock in a handful of wine merchants, while the others are still a little way off, but I am told they will arrive before too long. I have listed older vintages in their place to tide you over!…

Wednesday Wines – Episode 124 – Domaine of the Bee

Episode 124 – Domaine of the Bee 31st August 2022 www.domaineofthebee.com My old pal Justin Howard-Sneyd and his wife Amanda bought a small corner of the South of France 20 years ago.  Rather than copy-and-pasting their story here, I urge you to visit their website to read it.  They kindly sent me their new releases, and here are my favourites…

Wednesday Wines – Episode 123 – A glorious mixed bag

Episode 123 – A glorious mixed bag 24th August 2022 This week eight lovely wines with no overarching theme whatsoever! A Beautiful German from The Wine Barn 2020 Dr Heger, Ihringer Winklerberg Weissburgunder Premier Cru Dry, Baden, Germany (£25.20, www.thewinebarn.co.uk).  While this is an exceptionally high-class Pinot Blanc, all of my…

Wednesday Wines – Episode 122 – Elite Rosé Special

Episode 122 – Elite Rosé Special 17th August 2022 I tend to write up my favourite rosés as soon as I taste them, whether or not they are actually on the market. This gives my Members time to secure stock at the earliest opportunity. This week’s column features a mixed bag of wines that are all sensational but slipped through the cracks. From…

Wednesday Wines – Episode 121 – The 2020s from Château Corton C

Episode 121 – The 2020s from Château Corton C 10th August 2022 There is no doubt that Caroline Frey’s Château Corton C portfolio has gained even more finesse and detail in the 2020 vintage. Each label has improved in terms of clarity, expression and purity; these are some of the most expressive and downright enjoyable wines on the Côte right…

Wednesday Wines – Episode 120 – The 2020 Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay Collection

Episode 120 – The 2020 Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay Collection (Launched in the UK in July 2022) 3rd August 2022  There is no doubt that when we in the UK think of Hawke’s Bay, we probably imagine red wines before white, but this stunning region is blessed with a more diverse set of vinous skills than meets the eye.  Master Sommelier Cameron Douglas…

Wednesday Wines – Episode 119 – Six beauties from Stone, Vine & Sun

Episode 119 – Six beauties from Stone, Vine & Sun 27th July 2022 (w) www.stonevine.co.uk (e) sales@stonevine.co.uk WHITES 2021 Las Colinas del Ebro, Garnatxa Blanca, Terra Alta, Spain £10.75 I have a soft spot for this wine, or perhaps I should rephrase this. I have a brittle, ice-pick sharp spot for this wine in my mental vinous directory…

Wednesday Wines – Episode 118 – The Penfolds Collection 2022

Episode 118 – Peter Gago launches The Penfolds Collection 2022 Embargoed until 21st July I was delighted to taste these wines with Peter Gago and also Jancis Robinson. The prices shown are Australian RRPs AUSTRALIA WHITE 2021 Penfolds, Bin 311 Chardonnay, Australia (AUD50) 100% Chardonnay 12.5% alc. Nine months in French oak barriques…

Wednesday Wines – Episode 117 – The Wine Society’s Press Tasting

Episode 117 – The Wine Society’s Press Tasting 13th July 2022 www.thewinesociety.com The Wine Society Press Tasting this week was loaded with beauties, so I have been super-forensic and incredibly picky this week as I select my favourite wines from all corners of the planet. Here is my buyer’s guide from TWS this summer. The notes in italics are…

Wednesday Wines – Episode 116 – Affordable Italy with Lea & Sandeman

Episode 116 – Affordable Italy with Lea & Sandeman 6th July 2022 www.leaandsandeman.co.uk Lea & Sandeman was forced to rearrange their 2022 Italian Tasting because of the recent, infernal rail strikes. So, when L&S booked it for this Monday, I expected fewer attendees and perhaps only a handful of Italians to be able to fly over…

Wednesday Wines – Episode 115 – Supermarket Sweep

Episode 115 – Supermarket Sweep 29th June 2022 As many of you will have seen in my recent Notes post, I have given up my column in the Daily Mail’s Weekend Magazine after 21.5 years in the saddle.  The 9th of July will be the last article.  It won’t surprise you to hear that I have a load of recommendations that I have found over the last…