Monthly Archives: May 2013

My impression at the Real Wine Fair in March and this weekend’s RAW Artisan Wine Fair, both in London, is that the standard of wine-making at both of these shows, open to trade and consumers alike, has markedly improved.  I suspect … Continue reading

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A couple of months ago I was tasting with Benoît Tarlant at his home base in Oeuilly, and he showed me a new cuvée he has in the pipeline, called, wait for it, ‘BAM!’.  Champagne Tarlant, (see my profile of … Continue reading

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Dom Pérignon recently launched its Rosé 2002 in the UK.  Actually the global launch was in Istanbul the week before.  So first Byzantium and for us a bijou Victorian painter’s Leighton House Museum in London. It was lovely.  This is a great champagne.  Make … Continue reading

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If cheddar cheese, which is mostly made in factories, was marketed in the UK with some vague references to a gorge near Cheddar in Somerset, implying it came from near there, there would be an outcry.  But in wine this … Continue reading

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I really like Kate Spicer’s journalism.  In the sense she writes well.  But she writes about so many things the odd one can go wrong.  She writes about wine in The Sunday Times, you know, in the way editors often … Continue reading

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