Terence Kenny Champagne Pannier

We’ve heard a mixed response to the Steven Spurrier’s imminent ‘Judgement of London’ tasting, ranging from excitement to outrage. In this thoughtful reply to my email, and whether you agree with him or not, Terence Kenny speaks with decades of industry experience:

Knowing Steven Spurrier and his inquisitive well directed love for wine, what he is doing is good and I am glad that he is doing and not some 27 year old geek with a shelf full of half read books and 500 posts on facebook about wine. Spurrier is legitimate. 

Now as for the wines. About 8 years ago I contacted Nyetimber and they sent me some wine to be used in a comparative setting here in Champagne. What it was for was for the winegrowers here to taste different products and sensitize  them to the fact that there are other places, other people, other wines that can for the usage “replace champagne”. Some of them got it, some of them didn’t. But they are a breed who can’t see the forest for the trees and their opinion I discount immensely. Kind of asking a cattle rancher “ what is the best steakhouse in New York”.

I found the Nyetimber extremely lactic and it did remind me of old bottles of Salon that I had drunk unceremoniously and had appreciated enormously. I have tasted quite a few English sparklers and some are really quite good. Those that are of higher quality approach the grade of a well-made brut NV. Very few if any can pretend to be compared with grand cuvee champagnes. But they cannot command that price so fair play. 

English sparklers will only increase in quality but I presume more than a few of the young turks will throw in their towel after a few consecutive rainy vintages, red letters from bank managers and the general fatigue that comes with trying to convince people that you have reinvented the wheel. People don’t need a reinvented wheel. They want puncture proof tires at a good price.

We must calm down, as no one is curing cancer or proposing new ideas in cardiology.

Watch Terence give us a brief introduction to Champagne Pannier’s ancient historical cellars that stretch out into the hills around Chateau Thierry in the Marne Valley:

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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.

 

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. 

 

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.

 

It’s a scorching summer evening in Regent’s Park and what is my glass is of premium importance. The fact that Britain is experiencing a thorough multi-day licking from the sun, is itself unconventional, as are the pourers at this evenings tasting: 4 wine producers from the appellation AOC Ventoux in the southern Rhone.

 

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":

 

Winemaker and owner Nicola D’Auria greeted us at the entrance of this fascinating cantina. The winery and cellars have been designed by Rocco valentini in the shape of a vertical barrel in order to immerse the tasters senses in wine.

 

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