Category Archives: Wine Travel

Japan Part 2 – Mountain Air and Vineyards

It is likely to be a very small minority of my readership that is not now aware that Japan makes wine, and some of it pretty tasty too. Even customers of our upmarket UK supermarket, Marks & Spencer, have been … Continue reading

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Japan Part 1 – Tokyo, the Wedding and a ’88 d’Yquem

Much as I love visiting any country where there are vineyards, two of my favourite places, Japan and Norway, are not well known for their wines. This is not strictly true, of course. Japan is slowly gaining at least a … Continue reading

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New Forest, New Culinary Destination

I’ve written about New Forest restaurants before, but it is clear that this rather beautiful part of Southern England is currently developing a gastronomic reputation to rival any in the country. It is certainly now possible to spend a week … Continue reading

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Up the Junction

Thirty years ago I lived less than ten minutes’ walk north of Dalston Junction. This part of London was very different back then. There was no spanking new Overground Station where there are now two. There were certainly no “luxury … Continue reading

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A Lavaux Affair

Let’s face it, if you are the kind of wine lover who reads a wine blog you are probably an inveterate romantic who adores being in the vineyards as much as drinking the wine. Something in that bucolic scenery gets … Continue reading

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Jura Week 5 – For the Visitor to Arbois

Having written on three producer visits and the Biou Festival in Vadans in my first four articles of “Jura Week”, I’m going to end my 2016 Jura excursion with all the odds and ends which might be of interest to … Continue reading

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Jura Week 3 – Fête du Biou at Vadans

The Fête du Biou is a rather special festival at harvest time in the Jura Region. It takes place in Arbois on the first Sunday in September, with a smaller version in Pupillin on the third Sunday. What is much … Continue reading

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Jura Week 2 – Hughes-Béguet

If Domaine de la Tournelle has now established itself firmly among the top names in Arbois, Domaine Hughes-Béguet is one of a select band of young producers who will one day gain similar recognition. Patrice gave up a job as … Continue reading

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Jura Week 1 – Domaine de la Tournelle

I’ve just got home from my annual Jura trip. For the past three years I’ve visited the region around harvest time. It’s a chance to see what the current vintage is like. It’s less easy to visit busy producers, but … Continue reading

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City of the Pomegranate

I’ve just spent a week in Granada, my first visit to that beautiful Spanish city, crowned by one of the most beautiful buildings I’ve ever visited, the Alhambra complex. Of course, Granada is so much more than just the Alhambra … Continue reading

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