The Sommelier

Jamie Fraser, settling down for his first night of incarceration in one of Her Majesty’s bleaker prisons, wondered how things might have turned out...

Cooking with Wine: A Brief Guide

All of us enjoy food and wine. I am of course assuming that if you don’t like wine it’s unlikely that you would be...

Your Own Wine Collection

Many people who enjoy wine will have at some time or another have thought about starting a wine collection or ‘having a wine cellar’...

Marvellous Manzanilla

  I am old enough to remember when the border with Spain closed. I had just got my first passport and used to pop over...

Avril’s Grapes

Blanchet has lived all his life in Dupont-Maisey, a small town of two thousand inhabitants in upper Normandy. The town, born out of agriculture,...

Your Chablis or Mine?

  Looking for Love: Fish seeks white wine with character for serious pairing. Romans also celebrated St Valentine’s. Then, Rome was awash with temples, gods, goddesses,...

RIOJA – FOLLOWER OF FASHION

  The wine landscape in Spain has been changing since the 80s, Many claim it’s made Spain one of the most exciting red wine regions...

THE TWELWE WINES OF CHRISTMAS

  Venison stew and a cheeky little number… Soon it will be Christmas. We are surrounded by ancient trees. Massive trunks covered in lichen and moss....

AN INCONVENIENT DEATH

  Ask any wine enthusiast how their love affair with wine begun, and inevitably you will hear how unexpected events or an improbable coincidence sealed...

Katsuobushi and Corked Wine

  A month in the life of a wine enthusiast. Wednesday 1st It seems that Katsuobushi is illegal in the EU. Unknowingly, I ordered two pieces from...