The Atacama Desert – the driest on earth

Extreme winemaking in The Atacama Desert Firstly, what is Terroir?If you have every spoken to somebody who works in the wine world, you would have inevitably heard them use the word ‘terroir’. Very often misunderstood, this world loosely translates to ‘sense of place’. There is no English equivalent.  The French…

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Tour and Tasting at The Mount Vineyard

Tour and Tasting at The Mount Vineyard The sun is shining, it’s a Sunday and you are thirty? What should you do? What any sane adult should do – go visit a vineyard. And as our English wines continue to get better, so does the hospitality in our English Vineyards.…

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Battle of the Supermarket Rosés

Battle of the Supermarket Rosés Yesterday (Saturday 8th June) was National Rosé Day, so I took it upon myself to find out who has the best Supermarket Rosé . I set myself a few rules: the wines needed to be from the supermarkets own brand premium range, they couldn't be…

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Celebrating Malbec World Day with Phil Crozier

Celebrating Malbec World Day with Phil Crozier April 17th is Malbec World Day and to celebrate I thought I would catch up with the Malbec Man himself, Phil Crozier. He is the European Brand Ambassador for Wines of Argentina and former Director of Wine for the Gaucho Restaurants Group.Like many…

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Quintarelli amarone 2005

Quintarelli Amarone 2005 Ok, what can I say.... When I see the familiar squiggles of a Guisepe Quinterelli label I go a little giddy... And no it's not because I'm drunk! It's because I'm in love. Not the self deprecating, argumentative and oh so often disappointing love between two people,…

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The Chocolate Block 2011

THE CHOCOLATE BLOCK 2011 I have worked in restaurants all my life, and in the last few years in London, the one most requested wine from customers has been THE CHOCOLATE BLOCK! Granted I was working in a steakhouse at the time, and this wine is a plump juicy red…

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