A LESSON ON BLIND TASTING

Picture the scene: A sommelier has a glass of wine in front of her. She eyes the wine carefully; looks at the colour of it, watches how it moves in the glass. She takes time to assess the weight of it, the potential age of it, the approximate alcoholic strength of it. She sniffs it, takes in the aromas, stage by stage. Eventually, she tastes … Continue reading A LESSON ON BLIND TASTING

ESSENTIAL CALIFORNIA 2020

The whole of the wine world has been rocked by the Coronavirus outbreak and many upcoming trade tastings have been cancelled or postponed. One of the last large trade tastings in what will probably be quite a while was Essential California – and our noses are still a little freckled from the Californian sunshine. The California Wine Institute hosted this major tasting on Thursday 12th … Continue reading ESSENTIAL CALIFORNIA 2020

SUPER, NATURAL, BRITISH COLUMBIA WINES

What do you know about the wines of British Columbia? Did you even know they made wines in British Columbia? Well, for the past 30 years, they’ve been working on it and what was just 17 wineries in 1990 is now almost 300. Pascale Schittecatte held the Super, Natural, British Columbia tasting recently to shine a light on the excellent wines of this region, but … Continue reading SUPER, NATURAL, BRITISH COLUMBIA WINES

CHÂTEAU DE POMMARD: FUTURE-THINKING FOR BURGUNDY

Last week, I had an engaging lunch with Michael Baum, CEO and propriétaire of Chateau de Pommard in Burgundy. Château de Pommard was founded in 1726 and the property comprises of two châteaux (Château Marey-Monge and Château Micault) and their famous UNESCO-protected walled vineyard, Clos Marey-Monge. These 20 hectares of vines have produced some of the greatest Pinot Noir for over two millennia. The Carabello-Baum … Continue reading CHÂTEAU DE POMMARD: FUTURE-THINKING FOR BURGUNDY

FLINT WINES 2018 BURGUNDY EN PRIMEUR

En Primeur is the practice of buying wine when it is still in the barrel. This is appealing to fine wine buyers and enthusiasts because it is a way of guaranteeing access to a portion of wine that will be in high demand when it is released, which will also more than likely rise in price as it matures – so there is the financial … Continue reading FLINT WINES 2018 BURGUNDY EN PRIMEUR

LIBERTY WINES PORTFOLIO TASTING 2020

Held over two floors of The Oval in London, Liberty Wines showcased their 2020 portfolio last week, representing over 300 producers from all over the world. This year sees 11 new names added to their books from Australia, Austria, Chile, Italy and France, promising some exciting additions to the wine lists and the shelves. Liberty have always prioritised working with exceptional people and brands and, … Continue reading LIBERTY WINES PORTFOLIO TASTING 2020

WINE TASTINGS & EVENTS 2020

SUNDAY 23RD FEBRUARY 2020 – ZODIAC WINE TASTING Merge the practice of intention setting with wine tasting! Wine has been a part of ritual for thousands of years – it helps us to lose our inhibitions and connect with higher ideas and, of course, other people. Our Zodiac Wine Tasting this month welcomes the Pisces season (but you can be any star sign to join … Continue reading WINE TASTINGS & EVENTS 2020