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 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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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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WINES OF HUNGARY: TOKAJI

What do you know about the wines of Hungary? Well, if you’re like me, the answer would be, ‘Not very much, but ooh, TOKAJI!’ Tokaji (pronounced Tok-eye, which is also the same way you pronounce the region ‘Tokaj’) was one of my favourite discoveries of last year. Like all of its fans, I was wowed by […]

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WINE TASTING AT LE COCHONNET – 7TH FEB

‘Have you tasted the Clare Valley Riesling? You must try the Riesling!’ I first met the owner of Le Cochonnet, Peter, whilst tasting some delicious wines from Pikes at the London Wine Fair. I had tried the Riesling and had learned all about it from Jamie at Pikes, but I was happy to try it […]

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