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 […]
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.
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 […]
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