THE NEW ‘NEW WORLD’: AN INTERVIEW WITH ROLLO GABB OF JOURNEY’S END

In 2006, Rollo Gabb produced his first barrel of Destination Chardonnay. It was the only barrel that year: ‘That’s why I called it Destination; I was either destined to sink or swim. So, I kicked off with the one barrel and off we went.’ There might never have been a Nemo moment for Rollo. ‘I could have taken the option of sitting on my arse … Continue reading THE NEW ‘NEW WORLD’: AN INTERVIEW WITH ROLLO GABB OF JOURNEY’S END

ANNE LA NAOUR: A NEW ERA FOR CA GRAND CRUS

It’s a new era for CA Grand Crus (administrators of several Bordeaux and Burgundy vineyards owned by the Credit Agricole Group), with recently appointed Anne La Naour at the helm as Executive Director. Alongside Jean-Philippe Archambault, Director of Santenay in Burgundy, she is bringing a fresh vision to the estates and has sold two properties in Bordeaux in order to open up opportunities to work … Continue reading ANNE LA NAOUR: A NEW ERA FOR CA GRAND CRUS

CHRISTMAS TIPPLES TO GUIDE YOU THROUGH THE DAY

I love Christmas. I still get excited about it – what’s not to love about all-day feasting, hanging out with the family and, of course, PRESENTS. In recent years, I’ve added another component to the excitement, and that’s choosing some special wines to celebrate the day with. I see it as a time to splash out and let it all hang out, so I have … Continue reading CHRISTMAS TIPPLES TO GUIDE YOU THROUGH THE DAY

LOCAL SICILIAN PRODUCE & WINES AT CASANOVA & DAUGHTERS

Cedric Casanova – half-French, half-Sicilian – had an illustrious career as an acrobat in Cirque du Soleil, but the time had come for him to hang up his tightrope. He returned to Sicily and spent a few months thinking about what he was going to do, feasting on the olives that his family grew in the small village of Salaparuta, and eating the bread, cheese … Continue reading LOCAL SICILIAN PRODUCE & WINES AT CASANOVA & DAUGHTERS

INTERNATIONAL SHERRY WEEK 2019

If, when you think of sherry, you think of your grandmother sipping on Bristol Cream from a tiny glass at Christmastime, you need to update your information. Sherry is an incredibly versatile wine, ranging from bone-dry to sticky-sweet, with a full pantry of flavours to entice the palate – nuts, lemon peel, raisins, caramel… Furthermore, if you didn’t know this already – sherry is achingly … Continue reading INTERNATIONAL SHERRY WEEK 2019

HARVEST SUPPER AT THE PIG AT BRIDGE PLACE WITH SIMPSONS WINES

The Pig Hotel at Bridge Place in Canterbury is a sight for sore eyes in the late afternoon sun in October. The period country house stands proudly in the beautifully manicured grounds – not too manicured, mind; there is a working kitchen garden that is tended to daily, the fruits of which are used on the menu from dawn ‘til dusk in dishes, teas and … Continue reading HARVEST SUPPER AT THE PIG AT BRIDGE PLACE WITH SIMPSONS WINES

SIPPING ON BLANC DE BLANCS AT JENKYN PLACE

Being invited to a private tasting of Jenkyn Place’s first ever Blanc de Blancs in their beautiful Hampshire estate, standing next to the very vines upon which the ‘blancs’ were grown… it’s a yes from me. Even when dark clouds started to roll in and the heavens threatened to open, there was nothing that could dampen the enthusiam for the occasion – which is English … Continue reading SIPPING ON BLANC DE BLANCS AT JENKYN PLACE