What made the third Sonoma County Barrel Auction so unique

The Sonoma County Barrel Auction gives wine buyers the opportunity to buy a totally unique barrel of wine from some of the county’s foremost winemakers. Christina Rasmussen travels to the auction, previews the lots, falls in love with a Syrah/ Grenache blend from Westwood, and sits enthralled as auctioneer John Curley shows off the skills … Continue reading What made the third Sonoma County Barrel Auction so unique

Meeting Dermot Sugrue

Published on http://www.the-buyer.net Christina Rasmussen caught up with Dermot Sugrue, the English sparkling winemaker who is, arguably, one of the most influential figures in English wine. Aside from being the winemaker of Wiston Estate Winery and Sugrue Pierre, Dermot also makes wine for many other domaines including Jenkyn Place and was the head winemaker at … Continue reading Meeting Dermot Sugrue

French Independent Winegrowers Discoveries

Original version of this appeared on the-buyer.net. Promoting the profession of vine growing and making wines with personality, the French Independent Winegrowers association, descended on London with 30 of its 7,000 members. Christina Rasmussen was there to taste and discover wines that are worth considering for your list. Vignobles Bouillac, Francois Lurton and Domaine Py are three … Continue reading French Independent Winegrowers Discoveries

AUSSIE MICRO-NÉGOCIANTS MAKING TOP BURGUNDY WITH NO VINES

Original version of this appeared on the-buyer.net. The Australia Day Tastings and the influential Artisans of Australia showcase late last year demonstrated the forward thinking and innovation of Australian winemakers. However, it’s not just on Australian home turf that this is happening. There is a group of three Australian micro-négociants doing brilliant things in Burgundy, … Continue reading AUSSIE MICRO-NÉGOCIANTS MAKING TOP BURGUNDY WITH NO VINES

Top six wines of 2016

Original version of this appeared on the-buyer.net. An amazing year for wine in London with many exceptional tastings. Abroad, highlights included a trip to Beaujolais, where I was fortunate enough to taste some fascinating old vintages from various producers (including a stunning ’76 from Château du Moulin-à-Vent). This cemented Gamay’s real capacity for ageing in … Continue reading Top six wines of 2016

FOR LES CAVES: Var Var Voom: Meeting Jean-Christophe Comor of Les Terres Promises, Provence

        Original version of this appeared on Les Caves de Pyrene's blog. Provence is without doubt a spectacularly beautiful region of France speckled with myriad vineyards. Yet, as regional French specialists, we have always struggled to discover captivating terroir-driven wines outside the remarkablea cru enclave of Bandol. Rosé, of course, is a … Continue reading FOR LES CAVES: Var Var Voom: Meeting Jean-Christophe Comor of Les Terres Promises, Provence

Cellar SW4: promoting wine discovery in both on and off-trade

Original version of this appeared on the-buyer.net. A Movember tasting was the perfect opportunity for The Buyer to catch up with Greg Andrews, who has turned his wine bar Cellar SW4 and independent shop D Vine Cellars, into a treasure trove of small production, artisanal wines that are sustainable, organic or biodynamic. But how does … Continue reading Cellar SW4: promoting wine discovery in both on and off-trade

D Vine Cellars’ Movember tasting

Original version of this appeared on the-buyer.net. Eight of the best indie importers showed up for a Movember tasting at top South London indie wine bar/ shop D Vine Cellars where 30 wines were shown to highlight small production, artisanal wines that are sustainable, organic or biodynamic. Les Caves de Pyrene, FMV, Indigo, SWiG, Red … Continue reading D Vine Cellars’ Movember tasting

Sonberk’s Czech Pálava wines shine in Indian food matching

Original version of this appeared on the-buyer.net. Christina Rasmussen went out for an Indian and discovered an incredible pairing of wines from Sonberk in the Czech Republic, with the specially-paired dishes from Cyrus Todiwala of Café Spice Namaste. Not only did the pairings really work but this was an opportunity to try for the first … Continue reading Sonberk’s Czech Pálava wines shine in Indian food matching

The Chaffey Bros: innovative Aussie wines for the UK on-trade

Original version of this appeared on the-buyer.net. The Chaffey Bros Wine Co was one of the stand out producers at last week’s Artisans of Australia tasting. Here Christina Rasmussen talks to Daniel Chaffey Hartwig about how he and his brother-in-law, Theo, are looking to make modern wines that are still true to the terroir and … Continue reading The Chaffey Bros: innovative Aussie wines for the UK on-trade