- Published: 18 November 2019 18 November 2019
The Autumnal months are undoubtedly one of the best times of year for quality white wines to show-off their versatility in being paired with a wide range of dishes. SCOTTIE GREGORY delves into the Vignerognes and Vignobles tasting in London to highlight her top picks.
- Published: 11 November 2019 11 November 2019
I was very pleased a few weeks ago to be sat next to sommelier Matteo Montone and to learn of his recent competition triumph in South Korea. It was only back in March of this year when Matteo took the UK’s Young Sommelier of the Year prize offered by the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs at the Dorchester Hotel in London.
- Published: 02 November 2019 02 November 2019
I recently caught up with Yealands chief winemaker, Natalie Christensen, to quiz her on the contemporary issues and practices that are all the component parts in the production of a diverse range of fine wines.
On issues such as climate change and sustainability, Natalie was able to champion Yealands credentials as a wine business that has built this value set into its DNA, whilst also exploring the potential of winemaking and the terroir to offer wines that provide a strong sense of their own identity.
- Published: 29 October 2019 29 October 2019
Alice Paillard was in London to give a masterclass recently to launch the Champagne Bruno Paillard NPU 2004. Scottie Gregory has long been a fan of Champagne Bruno Paillard and equates the house with both quality and nostalgia. In this tasting of different cuvées and vintages, Scottie discovers exactly how to decipher the pleasures that the '04 uniquely has to offer. Surely a secret not to be missed!
- Published: 25 October 2019 25 October 2019
The title of Ben Howkins new book, ‘Sherry - Maligned, Misunderstood, Magnificent’ sums up the facets of the image problem that sherry is currently experiencing. Last weekend I got round to reading the final chapters of Ian Maxwell Campbell’s memoir of a life in the wine trade, ‘The Wayward Tendrils of the Vine’ published in 1948. The one but last chapter is titled ‘Sherry at Home’ and in it the author writes:
- Published: 22 October 2019 22 October 2019
The Bladon’s of Jenkyn Place hosted a vineyard event to launch their new 2015 blanc de blancs. Unperturbed by torrents of falling rain, Scottie Gregory traversed the Hampshire countryside to report.
- Published: 21 October 2019 21 October 2019
Careening through central London’s subterranean arteries to get to wine tastings inevitably provides a combination of anticipation and perspiration. When the wine tasting in question is at Claridges and the wines are produced in a Bordeaux style, with blended varieties, and tendered by the esteemed Bordelais winemaker, Pierre Seillan, there is plenty of promise in the endeavour.
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Soave: volcanic wines with elegance and longevity
Sitting inside the ancient castle walls inside the town of Soave, a short drive from Verona in northern Italy, the unique slightly almond aroma of the indigenous grape, Garganega, rises gently from my glass. The castle sprawls up the side of an extinct volcano that gives the region its variant soil structures that mark out the better quality of Soave wines.
An American In Paris; Tanisha Townsend (@GirlMeetsGlass) discusses podcasts, Paris wine bars, & what she's drinking at the moment
Tanisha Townsend decided to move to Paris 4 years ago after regularly passing through the city en route to the world’s most famous vineyards. In fact, it was about 2 years ago at the Printemps de Champagne Bouzy Rouge tasting in Reims that I saw (who we shall now refer to as) GirlMeetsGlass chirpily speaking to her web followers on Snapchat.
Wine tasting in Galicia: The pilgrims search for Albarino
The cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, the final resting place of Saint James, rises out of the landscape, infested with antiquity. The rambling steep streets give way to shafts of dramatic light, emblazoned chapels, and tightly packed tapas bars, dusty, as old novels pressed together in antiquarian bookshops.
Interview: (Re)Defining the Entre-Deux-Mers, climate change & tasting with Stephane Dupuch
Driving into the Entre-Deux-Mers region from the north, the vineyards roll out like a bright green deep-pile carpet across the undulating land. It’s hard not to be excited about tasting wines with so much heritage, as we head to Chateau-Sainte-Marie to meet with 5th generation owner, Stéphane Dupuch.
Wine tasting in northern Catalonia in the foothills of the Pyrenees
It’s been a hot couple of weeks here trekking around northern Catalonia. From the homeland and backdrop to surrealist Salvador Dali’s world to dramatic remnants of the volcano park an hour away, this place is a land of rough-hewn vistas and rustic hospitality.
Talking food and wine & Carluccio's motto: "MOF MOF"
Carluccio's deli and restaurants are a high-street staple, where great flavours in food blend easily with quality wines on the list. Following the death of the charismatic founder, Antonio Carluccio, his spirit lives on in style and philosophy. Nick Breeze talks to Head of International Operations (especially where wine is concerned!), Mike Stocks about wine-list tips, food matching and the great man of "mof mof":