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
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 famous Champagne house in the world. His name was Pierre … Continue reading HATCH MANSFIELD – 25 YEARS IN THE MAKING
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 on me somewhere along the line because this is the … Continue reading THE RUBY TAYLOR BOTTLE FROM CHÂTEAU MINUTY
Simon travels the nooks and crannies of the world to hand-source his wines and they are usually all made by small, boutique producers, which means you’re rarely going to find them anywhere else in London. Simon’s passion for wine shines through with a contagious enthusiasm and whether you are a connoisseur or a novice, you’ll feel right at home in his shop-come-tasting room where you’re sure to discover some real gems. And what better time of year to discover those gems than Christmastime, when any occasion – be it a party, after work, or breakfast – is an occasion to drink wine. Continue reading CHRISTMAS WINES FROM MR WHIRLY!
Davy’s Wine Merchants celebrate their 150th birthday next year and, having only just caught my eye, they seem to be wearing their age very well. Established in an era when deliveries arrived by horse and cart on the cobbled streets of London Town, and serving patrons through two World Wars and into the millennium, this group of 24 traditional wine bars and shops can perhaps give us all a lesson in longevity. Continue reading INSIDE THE WINE LIST: DAVY’S OF LONDON
Bordeaux, Bordeaux, Bordeaux. Even if you know nothing at all about wine, the chances are you’ll have heard of Bordeaux. What’s the big deal and why it is the world’s most famous wine region? Continue reading WINES OF BORDEAUX: AN INTREAUX TO BORDEAUX!
I love white wines from Alsace. In general, they are aromatic wines, which can be dry or sweet (or somewhere in between), and I like them best when they have high acidity and blossom aromas, with stone fruit characteristics. Climate Is Alsace in France or Germany? It is in fact in France, but you’d be forgiven if you asked this because it possesses a complete … Continue reading IN A NUTSHELL: WINES OF ALSACE