BLACKBOOK WINERY’S SPRING WINES

Blackbook is an urban winery located in Battersea, tucked away in the London Stone Business Estate. It’s a fully working winery and is usually open for tours and tastings – just give them a shout and I’m sure they’ll arrange a little intro to their wines for you. I visited recently to try their spring […]

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HATCH MANSFIELD – 25 YEARS IN THE MAKING

During the First World War, a young cavalry officer was stationed at a location in France which was so beautiful that, years later, he returned to buy acres of vineyards there. These were the finest Champagne producing vineyards in the whole of the region and, before too long, he became the head of the most […]

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THE STORY OF A RENEGADE IN THE WORLD OF WINE

There’s a new sheriff in town and it’s called the urban winery. There are no panoramas of lush green vines to gush over, no rolling hills to serve as the backdrop of a smug selfie with wine glass in hand, no rays of sunshine at that magic hour of the morning where different corners of […]

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THE RUBY TAYLOR BOTTLE FROM CHÂTEAU MINUTY

Provence rosé makes me think of sun-dappled terraces in the south of France; a luxuriously languorous lunch with nothing much to do for the rest of the afternoon apart from wear big sunglasses and happily, hazily enjoy watching the salmon pink in the glass glisten in the sunshine. Some kind of marketing must have worked […]

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THE BIG FORTIFIED TASTING 2019

The Big Fortfied Tasting launched in 2010 and it’s the only wine tasting of its size that is solely dedicated to fortified wines. It’s not just big; it’s actually the biggest. What’s a fortified wine? A fortified wine is a wine which has had a spirit added to it. Think Port, Muscat, Sherry and Madeira. […]

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VALAIS WINES TASTING PARTY

Last night I swung by the Valais Wines Tasting Party at Wringer & Mangle in East London to try some lovely Swiss wines and learn a little about the Valais wine region. I had never tasted Swiss wine before and I’ve never been to Switzerland – and now I’m in the sticky situation of wanting […]

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TRE BICCHIERI 2019

A highlight of last week was the Tre Bicchieri tasting at the Royal Horticultural Halls. With 45 Italian producers showing their wines, I knew I’d get to try some beauties (Italian wine and I are very much in love). My first sip of the day was the Mattia Vezzola Brut Rosé from Costaripa in Lombardy. […]

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