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

ACE THE DIPLOMA WITH JIM GORE’S GLOBAL WINE ACADEMY

If you’re a WSET Diploma student wishing to give yourself the highest chance at passing the exams (with flying colours too), the courses and masterclasses from Global Wine Academy are going to be your best friends. These courses, led by Jim Gore, former Principal of the WSET Wine School, delve into the nitty gritty of the WSET learning journey and provide precise techniques to calibrate … Continue reading ACE THE DIPLOMA WITH JIM GORE’S GLOBAL WINE ACADEMY

T-OINOS WINES: LIQUID ENERGY IN A BOTTLE

The rare grey-black marble that is found on the floors of Buckingham Palace and the Louvre comes from Tinos, a rugged Greek island in the Aegean Sea. So sought after, this marble is now UNESCO protected – which is the reason you will see giant boulders in the middle of vineyards, with rows of vines respectfully stopping at their edges and continuing on after. Tinos … Continue reading T-OINOS WINES: LIQUID ENERGY IN A BOTTLE

TASTING NOTE: WHITEHAVEN SAUVIGNON BLANC

Sauvignon Blanc is the famous white grape of Bordeaux, but it seems like these days, Marlborough in New Zealand is just as well-known for it. In France, Sauvignon Blanc is all citrus (lemons and limes), green fruits (gooseberry, green apple) and usually some asparagus. It always possesses a high, refreshing acidity, and the cooler the climate, the leaner and crisper this wine will be. The … Continue reading TASTING NOTE: WHITEHAVEN SAUVIGNON BLANC

LEZ ARTS: IT’S ALL ABOUT THE MAGNUM, BABY!

There is something about opening a magnum, isn’t there? The sheer size of it is novel enough, but the whole feeling of opening a magnum is different. First of all, there’s the celebratory aspect – you’re going to be with friends having fun (I wouldn’t recommend opening one if you’re by yourself, no) and, secondly, there’s a sense of thrilling mystery about it. Like jumping … Continue reading LEZ ARTS: IT’S ALL ABOUT THE MAGNUM, BABY!

TASTING NOTE: FLEUR DE MER ROSÉ

Fleur de Mer Côtes de Provence Rosé 2018 Ah! The summer is here and this very bottle makes me think of skipping across a lavender-flecked hillside, white dress billowing, hair flowing behind – perhaps I am carrying a basket of flowers or – even better – freshly picked herbs to make dinner with later in my stone-cobbled kitchen overlooking the sea? How Provençal indeed! It’s … Continue reading TASTING NOTE: FLEUR DE MER ROSÉ