Edna Valley Vineyard Chardonnay, 2015 Review

Edna Valley Vineyard Chardonnay

under 25 blueEdna Valley Chardonnay from California - this is a modern style of wine that I could drink all day. A full golden colour, round open and ripe aromas of fig and pineapple. Long lingering layers of flavour that sit on the palate, easing gently between sips.

Cooler climate for California keeping the overall feel fresh, perfect for British summer droughts (like the one we are in now!).

Edna Valley Chardonnay is fermented in oak and aged on the lees (dead yeast cells) for 6 months. This adds the adorable structure and complexity of flavour that gives this wine its class.

Pair this with a range of foods from goose pate, to roast chicken, grilled vegetables, meatier fish, or, simply enjoy on its own.

Available from Majestic for £9.99 when bought as part of a case of 6.


Chateau de Cérons Graves Dry White AOC 2015 - Review

under 25 blueFabulous summer fine wine combining ripe exotic fruit and a touch of fresh lemon. This is a blend of 50% Sémillon, 45% sauvignon blanc and 5 Sauvignon Gris. The freshness of the Sauvignon melds very stylishly with the Sémillon. 

A wine for sipping and enjoying, or serving up with a plate of shellfish or maybe grilled aubergine salad. 

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Women in Wine Tribute to Laure Colombo #IWD2018

Having been tasting the wines of Jean-Luc Colombo for many years, it is has been an additional pleasure to interview the current Colombo winemaker-in-chief, Laure Colombo. Laure is a fantastic ambassador for the Colombo name, talking sincerely and self-assuredly about her inspirations and objectives in making her wines.

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Viña Real, Barrel Fermented, Rioja, 2015

under 10 mintA splendidly good value 100% viura grape variety wine with fuller, rounder texture and a satisfying richness from the fermentation in oak. It still nonetheless maintains its fruit and floral freshness. 

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La Crema Monterey Chardonnay 2014

under 25 blueModern style chardonnay with elegant pineapple, a touch of toffee aromas and a fine balance of freshness and roundness in the mouth. A very pleasant texture and concentration of the flavours that coat the mouth and leave the mind craving the next sip… so why not?

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Domaine J. A. Ferret, Pouilly Fuisse 2016 - Review - magical game meat pairing

under 50 blueCompliments to Audrey Braccini - Winemaker at Domaine Ferret - for producing such a delicious wine, that pairs easily with a wide range of dishes. Set in the historic Maconnais region of Burgundy, this open, fruity, slightly buttery, yet still fresh wine is ready to drink!

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Chardonnay La Village, Domain de la Métairie d'Alon '16

under 25 blueA soft round texture with mouth coating buttery body. There's a touch of citrus, a slither of honey, vanilla, well balanced with acidity lending structure and leading to a very pleasant tapered finish. 

Lovely with panfried onions, garlic, fennel, sprouts, seasoned with rosemary and salt and pepper, thrown over baked potatoes. Would love to try with pigeon or guinea fowl. 

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Last week a picture was posted on Twitter of vines in Shabo, a large estate that lies to the west of Odesa on southern Ukraine’s Black Sea coastline. The image seemed benign at face value but the reality, of course, is that the city of Odesa has been bracing itself for attack by Russian forces. 


As COVID-19 conspires with the grimmest of winds and rain to force a societal retreat behind our own front doors, the word ennui springs to mind. The muddle of displeasure is pierced when Natalia hands me a large bulbous glass of a liquid I do not recognise.



Britain’s lamentable exit

On the eve of Britain’s official departure from the EU, my partner and I decided to explore a small town on the Italian Riviera where thewintry cold doesn’t feel so much like cold war bite.

I had warned my significant other that I would be having an inverse departure party, a release of the sanity valve if you like!


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.


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.


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.


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