Category Archives: Wine Tastings

Ribera Del Duero

This is the Tasting I alluded to in my last article. Ribera Del Duero may be one of Spain’s top winemaking regions, but the wines do have a reputation for tannin, and a lack of approachability when young. Not too … Continue reading

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Otros Vinos – The Full Monty

I went to a Tasting yesterday, which I hope to write up next week. What stood out about it was that so many wines were almost identical. Of course, that helped the best wines, the really good ones, to stand … Continue reading

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Out of the Box 2017 (Part 2)

In this second part of my write-up of the Out the Box Tasting at The Crypt on the Green, Clerkenwell (Tuesday 3 October), I’m covering wines from Basket Press Wines, Nekter Wines and Swig. For a bit more of an introduction to the Tasting, and to read … Continue reading

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Out of the Box 2017 (Part 1)

Out the Box groups together seven small, independent, wine importers to give them a group platform in the ever competitive and crowded British market. This market may be both of these things, but it has also grown enormously over the past … Continue reading

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Dirty Dozen at the Vinyl Factory

There are a dozen wine merchants in this group, who were showing wines at The Vinyl Factory in Soho on Tuesday last week. How dirty they are, I’ll leave you to assess, but the dirt in question is terroir (presumably). … Continue reading

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Gut Oggau Family Reunion

Many family reunions are fraught with tension, petty jealousies and conflict under the surface. This particular family reunion was the happiest I have ever attended. Gut Oggau is probably known to many who will read this article, but for those … Continue reading

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Alto Adige at Solent Cellar

I’ve been down in the New Forest for a week, having family down there. It’s a lovely part of the UK, but increasingly it seems to be developing a real reputation as a gastronomic location as well. I’ve written about … Continue reading

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Tuff Act to Follow

In 2010, when Max Allen featured Tom Shobbrook in his seminal work on The Future Makers of Aussie wine, Tom had only been back in Australia for three years. He was embarking on a ten year plan to convert his family’s properties … Continue reading

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Radikon Action (To Unseat the Hold of the Monkey Mind)

Dynamic Vines showed eight wines from the Radikon family at Antidote (Newburgh Street, near Carnaby Street) yesterday. The reference in the title (to King Crimson‘s latest release) is not in the least bit fanciful. These are wines which provoke intense contemplation … Continue reading

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Strong and Stable – Howard Ripley 2016 Germans

When the world of politics is dissolving, you know that there are still a few remaining certainties in life, and one of those is that a Howard Ripley German Tasting will come up with the goods. Consistency is something the … Continue reading

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