Jean-Michel Dupré Beaujolais Review

Last week I asked the good people of Instagram whether they would prefer a video review on Jean-Michel Dupré Beaujolais Village Chardonnay, a white made with grapes from 5 year old vines in Regnie OR Jean-Michel Dupré Beaujolais Morgon Grands Cras, a famed climat at the foothills of Morgon’s most famous slope, the Cote du…

Clos Mont-Blanc Conca de Barbera

Last month I was kindly sent a set of three Conca de Barbera wines from new importer, Vesel Wines, to showcase the small DO of Conca de Barbera. These included a NV cava, and two 2016 red blends from local and international varieties. I have some passing experience with this DO based on my extended…

Honest Grapes Competition

In an attempt to brighten up lockdown nights myself and the team at Honest Grapes decided to launch one heck of a competition. We’re giving away a bottle of wine, of the winners choosing, from six amazing and classic wines. These are not just any wines. The winner can choose from a laser focused Clemens…

My top 10 wines

It’s the morning of New Year’s Eve 2018 and like all naval-gazing 30 somethings I’m contemplating what I didn’t do in 2018 and what I must now surely do in 2019! Before I go launching off into New Year’s resolutions for 2019 and my favourite wines of 2018 I think its worth stopping to think…

Oddero Barolo – The toast of London town

I’ll be the one to admit it. Despite the glamour of spitting in public, the purple-stained teeth plus a light, but constant, dull headache, wine tastings are just run-of-the-mill affairs. Here’s how it goes 99% of the time. You exchange pleasantries with the winemaker, taste through their wines, swirly swirl, sniffy sniff, chewy chew, spitty spit,…

The wines of Bergerac

Ask any British child of the ’80’s what springs to mind upon hearing the word “Bergerac” and they’ll immediately venture vintage cars, the channels islands and the oh-so-dishy John Nettles. However, this week London’s WSET school hosted a Wines of Bergerac 2-hour tutorial and thus this child of the 80’s has some new, tastier associations. I already…

My top 10 Bordeaux wines

At the back end of September 2018 I spent 10 days in the Bordeaux region enjoying their harvest heat wave as the thermometer topped 30°c daily. What’s an Italian wine blogger doing in Bordeaux? I was in Bordeaux expanding my wine horizons beyond Italian wine as I’m currently a WSET diploma student and as such, need…

Wine bars in Temple Bar Dublin

How on earth did I get to be exploring the wine bars in Temple Bar, Dublin? Well, isn’t it funny how you can wake up expecting the day to go one way and then life throws you a curve ball and you end up dry heaving in Liverpool? What, that isn’t a relatable analogy? #notsorry….

Les Crêtes Chardonnay Cuvée Bois 2015

Nestled in the Italian Alps between the French and Swiss border lies the tiny Alpine wine making region of the Valle d’Aosta. The largest wine making fish in this smallest of vinous ponds is internationally acclaimed producer, Les Crêtes. Until recently most of this acclaim was directed at their flagship wine the Chardonnay Cuvée Bois….

Wines of Umbria 2018 – Tre Bicchiere Awards

A quick question for you. Do you ever wonder what you’d choose as your specialist subject if invited to be a contestant on Mastermind?  Well I do. Deliberating this question has been a source of personal angst for years.  However, after much soul searching I can say with absolute certainty, my specialist subject would be…

Wine Society Chilean Wine Tasting 2018

Who loves themselves some Chilean wine? I know I do. That’s why I was excited to attend the Wine Society Chilean Wine Tasting in London this week.  Wine Society bashes are always lustrous affairs, part down to wine, part down to venue. For this event, the Society chose London’s Merchant Taylors’ Hall as a venue…