Where exactly is Alsace? Silly question? Not really as I bet many people would find it hard to place on a map of France. The answer is it’s the most easterly province about one-third down the country, right on the border with Germany. And speaking of Germany, you could well believe that’s where you are […]
Supermarkets sell almost 90% of all the wine bought in the UK for ‘off-trade’ consumption, i.e. not including wine drunk in pubs, bars or restaurants. Buying wine in such huge quantities gives economies of scale and cheaper prices, but do you get what you pay for? In other words, is supermarket wine any good? To […]
I’ve tasted A LOT of wines in 2020. Here are my favourites for the year – and some recommendations for you to try yourself.
Can English sparkling wine ever rival champagne? Based on the results of two of Noble Rot Magazine’s events when various champagnes were tasted ‘blind’ against English sparkling wines, most certainly! In 2015 Hambledon Classic Cuvee came top out of 12 wines. And in 2020, Hambledon’s Premier Cuvee came 2nd out of 24 wines, beating several well-known names […]
In 1996 Bulgaria shifted 4.5 million cases of wine in the UK, yet today it’s less than 10% of that. So what went wrong?
Not all rosé wines are created equal – in colour at least! At one extreme, the palest of pale pink which you could mistake for a white wine, to the other, a deep rich red which would put some light reds in the shade.
2010 was an exceptional year in Bordeaux and the vintage was characterised as ‘classic’ and long-lived, i.e. high in tannin! So after almost 10 years of slow and gradual maturation in storage I decided it was time to try a bottle of Château De la Grave ‘Nectar’. Here’s what I found.
If you love viognier then you need to try this one from legendary producer Chapoutier in the Rhone Valley.
Viña Maquis is one of the most unique and special wineries I have visited anywhere in the world, and without doubt THE highlight of the Criterion Wine Tour to Chile in 2019. So what made it so special?
It sounds a bit like a stomach upset, but thankfully it’s not! Diurnal range is all about temperature. It is the difference between the daytime and nighttime temperature in any particular location; the gap between the hottest and coolest temperature in a 24-hour period. Think of two extremes – the first, the Sahara Desert where […]
It may seem a silly question, but did you know that the more you spend on a bottle of wine the more wine you actually get? That sounds obvious, but the point is, as you spend more the value of the wine itself makes up a greater percentage of the price. So what are the […]
Feiler-Artinger Blaufrankisch Ried Ruster Umriss 2015, Burgenland Austria Last year Criterion Wine Tours organised our first ever wine tour to Austria. On the first evening of the tour Kurt Feiler, winemaker at Feiler-Artinger in the pretty town of Rust, came to our hotel and gave us an excellent tasting of his wines during dinner. One […]