Winery Spotlight: Getting to know Rathfinny Estate

Rathfinny Wine Estate is one of England’s newest cellar doors set in the Sussex South Downs. There’s a great range of English Sparkling wines.

Zero Dosage Champagnes: Are they better? Why choose them?

If you are a lover of Champagne, then you will have noticed the range of  zero dosage and extra brut styles of bubbles is growing. Slowly, but steadily. What are they? Can you tell the difference? And we are talking zero added sugar, NOT zero...

Bacchus: An English wine story ….

Bacchus is a grape that has come to my mind as one of England’s exciting white wine grapes. I first came across it in the early 2000’s when I started adding the occasional English wine to my repertoire. It wasn’t that hard to find by the mid 2000’s. There was at least...

Getting to know: IL PALAGIO

Il Palagio estate has been owned by Sting and producer and actor, Trudie Styler after finding it in a state of decline in 1999.  Not only is this is their summer home, it is a productive farm estate that produces not only this wine but also olive oil, honey...

Would you buy wine from Amazon? You should give it a go.

There is a good range on Amazon wine that means that it is a good alternative to buy wine. Fine wine, Champagne, Prosecco and more..

Dowie Doole – the Moxie from McLaren Vale

Image: Winemaker Chris Thomas of Dowie Doole circa 2011 (photo by thewinemuse) While I am always keen to try new regions of the world, there is always a sense of discovery when I get to taste the latest from the McLaren Vale in Australia's south. Therefore, I couldn't...
Louis Roederer Philippe Starck Vintage Champagne

Louis Roederer Philippe Starck Vintage Champagne

If you are a lover of Champagne, you will already know the Roederer Champagne house. If you are a lover of design, particularly the Alessi citrus juicer, you will already know of Philippe Starck. When Roederer teamed up with him, Starck insisted that he had input into...

Bacchus: An English wine story ….

Bacchus: An English wine story ….

Bacchus is a grape that has come to my mind as one of England’s exciting white wine grapes. I first came across it in the early 2000’s when I started adding the occasional English wine to my repertoire. It wasn’t that hard to find by the mid 2000’s. There was at least...

Yalumba The Virgilius Viognier

Yalumba The Virgilius Viognier

Yalumba have established themselves as the Australian champions of this Condrieu grape. For over 35 years, Robert Hill-Smith and his passionate team have honed their Viognier expertise and have kept their nursery well stocked with new imported clones to trial in their...

Getting to know: IL PALAGIO

Getting to know: IL PALAGIO

Il Palagio estate has been owned by Sting and producer and actor, Trudie Styler after finding it in a state of decline in 1999.  Not only is this is their summer home, it is a productive farm estate that produces not only this wine but also olive oil, honey...

Cantina Zaccagnini Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

Cantina Zaccagnini Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

Undoubtedly, this eye catching bottle will be the first thing you notice. Cantina Zaccagnini has distinctively adorned this bottle with, what I assume, a piece of pruned vine and a beautifully scripted label. At least, when you head out to purchase your next bottle,...

Fairview Goats du Roam Red 2019

Fairview Goats du Roam Red 2019

This Goats du Roam red is fairly leaping with fun, starting with the name. Any lover of French wine would know that this is a play on the region Côtes du Rhône and a tip of the hat to the varieties that make up this playful red blend. Cinsault from bush vine...

Would you buy wine from Amazon? You should give it a go.

Would you buy wine from Amazon? You should give it a go.

I have. In sourcing wines for my tasting masterclasses, I have sometimes used Amazon.co.uk as a source… ....and usually Prime members receive 24 hour delivery (albeit non-virus times).   There are several ways that Amazon sells wine. (Note: as at 1st April...

Dowie Doole BFG Grenache 18

Dowie Doole BFG Grenache 18

Everyone loves a 'Big Friendly Grenache' don't they? The fruit for the Dowie Doole BFG comes from vineyards in Australia's McLaren Vale. The McLaren Vale has some of the oldest bush vine Grenache vineyards in the world due to being so far untouched by phylloxera. The...

Tips for lockdown!

Tips for lockdown!

The horror of Coronavirus is striking at our hearts, at our countries' hearts. There is no doubt at all that the virus will leave an indelible mark. It goes without saying that the shadow of this mark will be on our mental health in various degrees. Being isolated,...

Domaine Jean-Pierre Bailly Pouilly Fumé

Domaine Jean-Pierre Bailly Pouilly Fumé

Domaine Jean-Pierre Bailly is just one of the gems of the Loire. When I look to Europe for Sauvignon Blanc, my thoughts fly to Pouilly-sur-Loire. A French commune that sits across the Loire River from the hilltop town of Sancerre. Both communes make a speciality of...

d’Arenberg Derelict Vineyard Grenache 2017

d’Arenberg Derelict Vineyard Grenache 2017

d'Arenberg, known for their elegant and clearable reds including grenache, has a long history entwined with the McLaren Vale wine region in the state of South Australia. The 'Vale' has an incredible grenache legacy going back even further than d'Arenberg's that...

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Exploring Bordeaux – the city behind the wine

Bordeaux is not just all about the wine & chateaux ….. Bordeaux is probably one of the best known wine regions in the world, so it is little surprise that it has become a popular wine tourist destination. You can choose to fully immerse yourself in the region by...
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English sparkling wines that you need to taste!

English sparkling wines that you need to taste!

There are now many excellent English sparkling wines to choose from! In your search for great bubbles, don’t miss out on the opportunity to taste some of the elegant English sparkling wines that are becoming easier to find. I have reviewed a number in the past –...

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Mount Pleasant vintage round up – part two

Mount Pleasant vintage round up – part two

A study of heritage Hunter Shiraz plus one speciality that is really a sweetie ..... Mount Pleasant produce wines that truly reflect their regional roots. Shiraz wines from Australia's Hunter Valley always has an elegance as it hovers between medium and full body. In...

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How to buy better Prosecco!

How to buy better Prosecco!

Want better Prosecco for the price you pay! Prosecco has fast become one of the world’s favourite fizzes, it has had an undeniable meteoric rise in popularity.  Partly, the attraction is that fresh fruit effervescence.  Another is the price and availability,...

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Winery Spotlight: Getting to know Chiesa del Carmine Estate

Winery Spotlight: Getting to know Chiesa del Carmine Estate

Is there anything more evocative than enjoying the best of local Italian produce while taking in the view of vineyards and olives? I certainly find it hard to resist the allure at the best of times. It is even harder at Chiesa del Carmine. I can see why the Sinclair...

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Gavin Monery making wines in the heart of London!

Gavin Monery making wines in the heart of London!

Just released on WinemusingTV... The latest in the WinemusingTV Winemaker Series: Gavin Monery from Vagabond Wines - Part one and two. Gavin Monery is an Australian winemaker who has who honed his skills with Cullen Wines. He has also done vintages with the likes of...

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Nosy Wine Club:
Introducing the Nosy Wine Club!

Introducing the Nosy Wine Club!

COVID19 UPDATE:  There ARE issues around delivery and customer service with Nosy Wine Club in the UK at this time.  Please check with them to confirm they are able to process your order BEFORE signing up.... Update June 2020: Nosy Wine Club has informed me that they...

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Viano Vineyards Private Stock Cabernet 2013

Viano Vineyards Private Stock Cabernet 2013

While the region of Contra Costa County is not as well known as nearby neighbours Napa or Sonoma, the Contra Costa AVA is a region that has vineyards dating back over a century. And this family estate has vineyards that date back to 1888 and looks to be in good hands...

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Raul Perez Ultreia Saint Jacques 2016

Raul Perez Ultreia Saint Jacques 2016

A wine of elegance and detail from Spain’s Bierzo region in the country’s North West (in that area to the North of neighbouring Portugal).  This is the territory for red wines made from Mencia and Alicante Bouschet and crisp whites, particularly from...

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