Yapp's latest Rhônes

Vines in St Peray

Ali consoled himself for not making it to taste the new vintage in the Rhône Valley this year (James Lawther MW recently went in his stead, from his base in Bordeaux) with this tasting of some fine wines in bottle in London.

For fairly obvious reasons there has been a shortage of trade tastings in the UK over the past 18 months. Until last month that is, when the deluge of tastings started again. I tend to try and taste no more than 60 or 70 wines at a tasting, as that is pretty much my limit. This means picking...