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

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

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