As a member of the Royal Household Wine Committee, I recently had the chance to taste a wide range of sweet wines blind - not an easy exercise because they came from a wide range of different...
If you won't drink these often-underpriced treasures now, when will you? Most of these will last well over the festive season in an opened bottle. Roussillon joins the classic fortified wine...
One important feature of tomorrow’s annual generic tasting of New Zealand wines in its major export market the UK will be the presentation of sweet wines (‘wines over 15% potential alcohol’...
Until recently the range of sweet wines on offer, in the UK at least, was seriously limited. Other than fortified wines such as various ports, sherries and madeiras, we could choose from...
‘Tis the season to be merry and forget that forthcoming visit to the dentist. This is the time of year in the northern hemisphere when temperatures plummet and a glass of something sweet...
When did you last drink wine? Almost certainly within the last few days if you are reading this.
When did you last drink sweet wine though? Chances are that even the most...
The Wine Society (see some background in a recent your turn ) recently held a fascinating comparative tasting of wines from three of the top performers in Sauternes/Barsac nowadays where I was...
Well I did have my lunch with Paul Symington, as trailed at the end of my piece on Port v. its Australian counterpart . Together with other judges of the annual Symington Award for writing on...
A recent line-up of 47 red wines from South Africa tasted blind for British Airways Club Class was one of the most consistent we tasters for the airline have come across for some time. As I have...
Our digestive systems must get the most terrible shock at this time of year. Bodies which for the last 11 months at least have been virtuously kept free of puddings, pies, tarts, cakes and...
Restaurants are a constant topic of conversation almost everywhere these days but even I was surprised at the speed with which the subject of hotels franchising out their restaurants came up...
For the last few years we have been delighted to be the
first to publish the annual Bordeaux vintage report assembled with enormous
diligence by négociant Bill Blatch of Vintex (see, for...
See my tasting notes on 50 Rutherglen stickies .
For the second time in my life I recently underwent a professional ambush - by the sweetest wine on the planet. The first time was...
The notes below on the 50 current bottlings of one of the world's great wines were taken at a rather extraordinary, and extremely unexpected, tasting for just me and Australian wine writer Max...
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