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...

Rioja – Old Spanish Treasure

  A friend discovers a treasure trove of old Riojas. It was seven o’clock when my wife and I arrived at my friend’s house for dinner....

Wine Pairing at Home

  A wine group may well be the best way of enjoying fine wines without breaking the bank. Had it not been for my wine group...