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

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

SOUTH AFRICA’S PROUD PIONEERS: KWV

I’ve heard many a time that the easiest way is rarely the best way; the best grapes come from vines that struggle. You can take that and make it an analogy for lots of things, but I think it’s a rather direct analogy for the South African wine industry. There has been struggle, there has been challenge and there has been fight – but now, … Continue reading SOUTH AFRICA’S PROUD PIONEERS: KWV

WORLD’S BEST VINEYARDS 2019

In the prestigious surroundings of the historic Banqueting House in London, the only remaining part of the Palace of Whitehall where King Charles I met his grisly end, it was a night of beginnings for the World’s Best Vineyards ceremony. At its inaugural event on Monday 8th July 2019, a new chapter of history was written, as Argentina’s Zuccardi Valle de Uco was named the … Continue reading WORLD’S BEST VINEYARDS 2019

RESPECT FOR THE OLD WAYS AT I PASTINI WINERY

I’d read the comment ‘There’s more to Puglia than trulli’ – and of course there is – much, much more. But, it is still an impressive sight to witness a whole landscape constructed of these little grey, stone molehills, which (as would seem apparent) tend to remind people of huge conical bras. An army of giant, circa 1990 Madonna bras, pointing towards the sky, in … Continue reading RESPECT FOR THE OLD WAYS AT I PASTINI WINERY

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 releases, one of which is “Tamesis” – the first wine … Continue reading BLACKBOOK WINERY’S SPRING WINES

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 the vineyard are lit up, bit by bit. These are … Continue reading THE STORY OF A RENEGADE IN THE WORLD OF WINE