RPM GAMAY 2013

Anybody who knows me knows my obsession with Gamay, and this wine deserves a post all of its own. Standing for Roberts, Parr, Myers (Nathan Roberts and Duncan Arnot Meyers of Arnot Roberts, and Rajat Parr of Sandhi Wines and Domaine de la Côte), the wine was conceived in 2010, with its first vintage in … Continue reading RPM GAMAY 2013

MANSOIS / PINENC / FER SAVADOU (etc)

The same grape. Three main names. Three names that couldn't be much more different from one another. Aside from these three names, it has approximately 50 other synonyms. Sigh. Such is vinous life. It's a very interesting old varietal. As written in Jancis Robinson, Julia Harding MW and Jose Vouillamoz's Wine Grapes, "The name Fer … Continue reading MANSOIS / PINENC / FER SAVADOU (etc)

NEWCOMER WINES, DALSTON

On a bleak rainy Saturday a couple of weeks ago, myself and two friends took shelter in Newcomer Wines' shop and bar, in Dalston, where we set up camp (for many hours).    I've had a keen interest in Austrian wine for a while now: particularly impressed and thoroughly encouraged by the wines of Judith Beck, Andreas … Continue reading NEWCOMER WINES, DALSTON

What I’ll be drinking in 2017

2016 was a great year for wine, if not the best for politics. You can read my short round-up and top six picks (really tough task) of the year here on The Buyer. Highlights of the year included exceptional tastings (in particular AoA, Barullo, the Beaujolais celebrations on Nouveau day at Noble Rot - with winemakers Andrew Nielsen of Le Grappin, Jean-Louis … Continue reading What I’ll be drinking in 2017

BK WINES SKIN N’ BONES PINOT NOIR 2015

BK WINES Skin n' Bones Pinot Noir 2015 "CREATIVITY, NOT CONFORMITY." SWiG, £22.95 There is so much Pinot out there, and there is an awful lot of an average quality: good, but nothing special. Not this one. This one is pretty epic. The wine gets its name from a long period of skin contact (100 … Continue reading BK WINES SKIN N’ BONES PINOT NOIR 2015

#BOJONUVO: THE REVIVAL

#BOJONUVO : The revival... PART 1 I'll try to keep this as brief as I can, difficult because there's a lot to be said. Something good is stirring for the tradition... Beaujolais Nouveau: A tradition that's been going since the 70s, where people would race with the "baby wine" of Beaujolais to Paris, and then … Continue reading #BOJONUVO: THE REVIVAL

GOING GREEK: THREE WINES @ PECKHAM BAZAAR

Photo from Rocket & Squash, a (really good) food journal I've recently moved to Peckham and am discovering gem after gem of food and wine destinations. Last night, my housemate and I headed to Peckham Bazaar, a restaurant set up by Albanian John Gionleka. The food was the best Greek food I've ever had - … Continue reading GOING GREEK: THREE WINES @ PECKHAM BAZAAR

WHY WE SHOULD BE TALKING ABOUT ROLLE

Rolle. AKA Vermentino, but grown in the South of France. It's one of my current grape crushes and writing this has made me decide to go out and seek some more. In white wines, one of the main things I look for is a balanced acidity, and in particular, mouthfeel. Mouthfeel is something that I … Continue reading WHY WE SHOULD BE TALKING ABOUT ROLLE

SMILEY NV from SILWERVIS

Available from Gudfish and Philglas and Swiggot I have a love affair with Chenin Blanc, particularly hailing from South Africa, and I just love this. Wonderfully crafted, seriously impressive wine. With a wine label like this one, I half expected something pretty funky - perhaps on the orange scale/very tannic, or unfiltered and mega cloudy. … Continue reading SMILEY NV from SILWERVIS