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Wednesday Wines – Episode 174 – Idris Elba’s superb celeb wines

Porte Noire Most people are a little suspicious of celebrities moving into fields other than their own to boost their bank balances.  The assumption of expertise and great taste in multiple fields often seems like a bridge too far.  We see it all the time, and while some brands fail, others explode, catapulting famous actors, sporting stars,…
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Wednesday Wines – Episode 173 – World’s End Preview

The End of the World is Nigh The name World’s End refers to the district of Chelsea in Jonathan Maltus’s hometown of London. He names his World’s End wines after his favourite rock songs from Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley and Led Zeppelin, and this is because he believes each track beats out an individual rhythm that chimes with the Napa Valley vineyards…
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Wednesday Wines – Episode 172 – A Collection of Stunning Sparklers

Bollinger, PN AYC18, Champagne, France (£92.00 per bottle, reduced to £86.00 each in a mixed dozen, www.thefinestbubble.com). Technical Info Vineyards: Grands Crus: Aÿ & Verzenay; Premiers Crus: Tauxières & Avenay-Val-d’Or Grape Varieties: 100% Pinot Noir Fermentation: More than 50% vinified in oak barrels Reserve Wines: 47% from…
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Wednesday Wines – Episode 171 – The Ultimate Mixed Bag!

This week I have trawled through over 160000 words of notes to pick out some remarkable wines that have slipped through the cracks this year. These are all fantastic creations; while some are brand new and yet to be released, others are already on the shelves! Happy drinking.  A legendary pair of wines from Domaine de la Chapelle-Hermitage, Northern…
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Wednesday Wines – Episode 170 – Ultima Pietra First Taste

  It was a great privilege to taste the ultra-rare wines from Ultima Pietro this week. This is only the second vintage release of these high-altitude Tuscan wines, and with fewer than 9000 bottles made over the three labels, they are likely to be snapped up. It is always exciting to have a sneak preview of new wines, and it is patently clear…
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Wednesday Wines – Episode 169 – The Penfolds Collection 2023

Embargoed until 20th July 00:01 AEST The Penfolds Collection tasting is always a show-stopper, and this year a room full of wine brains was assembled, and the great Peter Gago said, in so many (or so few) words, “Get on with it”.  And we did.  Here are my thoughts on this fascinating array of wines.  Ever efficient, Penfolds has provided…
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Wednesday Wines – Episode 167 – A staggeringly serious Zinfandel

2017 Barndiva, Sonoma County Zinfandel, California www.virginwines.co.uk The pricing structure is as follows – List Price £25.99 per bottle 6 bottle case £89.94 / £14.99 per bottle 12 bottle case £155.88 / £12.99 per bottle 16 bottle case £191.84 / £11.99 per bottle On Tuesday, the 11th of July, this wine will go on sale,…
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Wednesday Wines – Episode 166 – Three Musketeers from Yalumba

  Yalumba Chief Red Winemaker Kevin Glastonbury (KG) was in London a couple of weeks ago doing the rounds with the new 2018 vintage of Yalumba’s flagship wine, The Caley.  I have numerous experiences travelling the world with a jam-packed schedule, tasting wine from dawn to dusk and beyond, and entertaining the troops.  Sometimes you feel like…
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Wednesday Wines – Episode 165 – A dozen of the finest Waitrose wines

If you are off to Waitrose to do your weekly shop, why not pick up a couple of these delicious wines and my lovely Jukes drinks, too. See links to Jukes 6 The Sparkling Red, and Jukes Sparkling Pinot Noir here! These are my favourite 12 bottles from the recent Waitrose Press Tasting. NB, I have not included detailed notes on sparklers here because…
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Wednesday Wines – Episode 164 – A Portuguese Extravaganza

The Finest Portuguese Supermarket Recommendations & Three Elite Portuguese Estates Last June, I wrote an article about my top picks from a couple of Portuguese supermarkets. It was a well-received piece - albeit a little random and perhaps unexpected! As we know, thousands of Brits head to Portugal every summer. Last week, I visited the Alentejo…
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Wednesday Wines – Episode 163 – It’s Welsh Wine Week!

  I am raising my glass today to my pals Robb & Nicola Merchant at White Castle Vineyard. I have enjoyed tasting their latest release 2022 Sigerrebe, the micro-production 2021 Regent, and the super-rare 2020 Barrel 48, a deeply flavoursome Regent taken directly from a special barrel! White Castle Vineyard is hosting an evening…