Winery Spotlight: Getting to know Rathfinny Wine Estate

Rathfinny Wine Estate is one of England’s newest cellar doors set in the Sussex South Downs. There’s a great range of English Sparkling wines.

Zero Dosage Champagnes: Are they better? Why choose them?

If you are a lover of Champagne, then you will have noticed the range of  zero dosage and extra brut styles of bubbles is growing. Slowly, but steadily. What are they? Can you tell the difference? And we are talking zero added sugar, NOT zero...

Bacchus: An English wine story ….

Bacchus is a grape that has come to my mind as one of England’s exciting white wine grapes. I first came across it in the early 2000’s when I started adding the occasional English wine to my repertoire. It wasn’t that hard to find by the mid 2000’s. There was at least...

Getting to know: IL PALAGIO

Il Palagio estate has been owned by Sting and producer and actor, Trudie Styler after finding it in a state of decline in 1999.  Not only is this is their summer home, it is a productive farm estate that produces not only this wine but also olive oil, honey...

Would you buy wine from Amazon? You should give it a go.

There is a good range on Amazon wine that means that it is a good alternative to buy wine. Fine wine, Champagne, Prosecco and more..

Dowie Doole – the Moxie from McLaren Vale

Image: Winemaker Chris Thomas of Dowie Doole circa 2011 (photo by thewinemuse) While I am always keen to try new regions of the world, there is always a sense of discovery when I get to taste the latest from the McLaren Vale in Australia's south. Therefore, I couldn't...
Would you buy wine from Amazon? You should give it a go.

Would you buy wine from Amazon? You should give it a go.

I have. In sourcing wines for my tasting masterclasses, I have sometimes used Amazon.co.uk as a source… ....and usually Prime members receive 24 hour delivery (albeit non-virus times).   There are several ways that Amazon sells wine. (Note: as at 1st April...

Dowie Doole BFG Grenache 18

Dowie Doole BFG Grenache 18

Everyone loves a 'Big Friendly Grenache' don't they? The fruit for the Dowie Doole BFG comes from vineyards in Australia's McLaren Vale. The McLaren Vale has some of the oldest bush vine Grenache vineyards in the world due to being so far untouched by phylloxera. The...

Tips for lockdown!

Tips for lockdown!

The horror of Coronavirus is striking at our hearts, at our countries' hearts. There is no doubt at all that the virus will leave an indelible mark. It goes without saying that the shadow of this mark will be on our mental health in various degrees. Being isolated,...

Domaine Jean-Pierre Bailly Pouilly Fumé

Domaine Jean-Pierre Bailly Pouilly Fumé

Domaine Jean-Pierre Bailly is just one of the gems of the Loire. When I look to Europe for Sauvignon Blanc, my thoughts fly to Pouilly-sur-Loire. A French commune that sits across the Loire River from the hilltop town of Sancerre. Both communes make a speciality of...

d’Arenberg Derelict Vineyard Grenache 2017

d’Arenberg Derelict Vineyard Grenache 2017

d'Arenberg, known for their elegant and clearable reds including grenache, has a long history entwined with the McLaren Vale wine region in the state of South Australia. The 'Vale' has an incredible grenache legacy going back even further than d'Arenberg's that...

Dowie Doole G&T

Dowie Doole G&T

The Dowie Doole G&T is a one of those fun Australian takes on a Spanish classic blend. One found in one form or another in the northern Spanish region of Rioja. Grenache (or Garnacha in Spanish) grape vines are no stranger to the McLaren Vale, they have some of...

Dowie Doole – the Moxie from McLaren Vale

Dowie Doole – the Moxie from McLaren Vale

Image: Winemaker Chris Thomas of Dowie Doole circa 2011 (photo by thewinemuse) While I am always keen to try new regions of the world, there is always a sense of discovery when I get to taste the latest from the McLaren Vale in Australia's south. Therefore, I couldn't...

Cellar Door Clubs – are they worth it?

Cellar Door Clubs – are they worth it?

Cellar Door clubs may be as low key as receiving an email regularly from your favourite winery ... In Australia, we are very lucky to have no restrictions on wine being delivered to the front door. Or, if you have an understanding boss, to your office if it is not...

Cullen Mangan Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

Cullen Mangan Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

Cullen Mangan Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Semillon from Margaret River is one of my favourite SBSs. The combination is as popular in Australia as it is in Bordeaux.  The Mangan Vineyard is a dry farmed, biodynamic vineyard by one of Australia’s great winemakers Vanya...

Dowie Doole Rosé

Dowie Doole Rosé

Dowie Doole has created a wine where the McLaren Vale meets the South of France. The rosés of Provence are not only known for being a delicate pale pink in colour and having a distinct silky texture.  In Provence, winemakers can add a portion of white wine grapes to...

V-v-v- Viognier!

V-v-v- Viognier!

Viognier, Condrieu in France's Northern Rhone wine region's, story is relatively recent. It is thanks to the New World and the search for new varieties to explore, the fragrant white grape, Viognier, was lifted out of obscurity. Being nearly extinct in your home...

The veritable story of Viognier, Vermentino & Verduzzo

The veritable story of Viognier, Vermentino & Verduzzo

There is light at the end of the Sauvignon Blanc & Pinot Grigio soaked tunnel....  While I enjoy the odd glass of Sauvignon Blanc, I have made it my mission to remind everyone that there are more interesting white wines. Wines from what is often called...

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Champagne Colette Bonnet –  when Grower Champagne is done well!

Champagne Colette Bonnet – when Grower Champagne is done well!

Champagne made with highest respect as well as the pursuit of the highest quality..... Vigneron Colette Bonnet is no stranger to growing grapes and making Champagne. She is simply continuing the family tradition. Initially she sold her grapes to other Champagne...

Gavin Monery making wines in the heart of London!

Gavin Monery making wines in the heart of London!

Just released on WinemusingTV... The latest in the WinemusingTV Winemaker Series: Gavin Monery from Vagabond Wines - Part one and two. Gavin Monery is an Australian winemaker who has who honed his skills with Cullen Wines. He has also done vintages with the likes of...

Exploring Bordeaux – the city behind the wine

Bordeaux is not just all about the wine & chateaux ….. Bordeaux is probably one of the best known wine regions in the world, so it is little surprise that it has become a popular wine tourist destination. You can choose to fully immerse yourself in the region by...
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English sparkling wines that you need to taste!

English sparkling wines that you need to taste!

There are now many excellent English sparkling wines to choose from! In your search for great bubbles, don’t miss out on the opportunity to taste some of the elegant English sparkling wines that are becoming easier to find. I have reviewed a number in the past –...

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Mount Pleasant vintage round up – part two

Mount Pleasant vintage round up – part two

A study of heritage Hunter Shiraz plus one speciality that is really a sweetie ..... Mount Pleasant produce wines that truly reflect their regional roots. Shiraz wines from Australia's Hunter Valley always has an elegance as it hovers between medium and full body. In...

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How to buy better Prosecco!

How to buy better Prosecco!

Want better Prosecco for the price you pay! Prosecco has fast become one of the world’s favourite fizzes, it has had an undeniable meteoric rise in popularity.  Partly, the attraction is that fresh fruit effervescence.  Another is the price and availability,...

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Winery Spotlight: Getting to know Chiesa del Carmine Estate

Winery Spotlight: Getting to know Chiesa del Carmine Estate

Is there anything more evocative than enjoying the best of local Italian produce while taking in the view of vineyards and olives? I certainly find it hard to resist the allure at the best of times. It is even harder at Chiesa del Carmine. I can see why the Sinclair...

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Gavin Monery making wines in the heart of London!

Gavin Monery making wines in the heart of London!

Just released on WinemusingTV... The latest in the WinemusingTV Winemaker Series: Gavin Monery from Vagabond Wines - Part one and two. Gavin Monery is an Australian winemaker who has who honed his skills with Cullen Wines. He has also done vintages with the likes of...

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The Uncommon – a refreshingly different approach to wine!

The Uncommon – a refreshingly different approach to wine!

Wine in cans are quickly capturing the attention of the modern wine drinker and I recently, I got to meet Henry Connell to discover more about The Uncommon wines. The Uncommon produce UK’s first English wine to be sold in cans and are keen to dispel the myth that...

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Nosy Wine Club:
Introducing the Nosy Wine Club!

Introducing the Nosy Wine Club!

COVID19 UPDATE:  There ARE issues around delivery and customer service with Nosy Wine Club in the UK at this time.  Please check with them to confirm they are able to process your order BEFORE signing up.... Update June 2020: Nosy Wine Club has informed me that they...

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Viano Vineyards Private Stock Cabernet 2013

Viano Vineyards Private Stock Cabernet 2013

While the region of Contra Costa County is not as well known as nearby neighbours Napa or Sonoma, the Contra Costa AVA is a region that has vineyards dating back over a century. And this family estate has vineyards that date back to 1888 and looks to be in good hands...

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Raul Perez Ultreia Saint Jacques 2016

Raul Perez Ultreia Saint Jacques 2016

A wine of elegance and detail from Spain’s Bierzo region in the country’s North West (in that area to the North of neighbouring Portugal).  This is the territory for red wines made from Mencia and Alicante Bouschet and crisp whites, particularly from...

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