Tasting Malbec

 “There were ten of them to taste – six from Argentina, two from Cahors and one each from Chile and South Africa.”   First, a glass of well chilled Torrontes from Trapiche was drunk. It was the Estacion 1883 from the Argentinian producer’s 2012 vintage with 8% Sauvignon Blanc blended in with the Torrontes. The grapes…


Tasting Selvapiana

The other day, I uncorked a bottle of Selvapiana Fornace from the very hot 2003 vintage. The wine was still dark and robust and instead of whispering to me like a gentle lover, was yelling despite its old age! May be it is due to the international veriatels blended with the Sangiovese. There was nothing…

The excellent Esoterica section

A Day At The London Wine Trade Fair

It is nine in the morning. The rain has ceased and there is a cool, fresh smell in the air. I walk to Hornsey Road and catch the number 91 to Caledonian Way and take the Overground to Kensington Olympia. A pretty young woman outside the station is showing the way to the 34th London…


Close Encounters With En Rama

I first tasted Tio Pepe Fino En Rama at the London Wine Trade Fair a few years ago. It was the 2011 bottling of this much hyped, limited release, unrefined Fino, bottled without stabilisation, clarification or filtration. I swallowed a whole copita and felt a warm glow inside me. The wine was too good for…

Papua New Guinea

Toiling Mothers!

Today is International Mothers Day. These are images of toiling mothers captured during my travels over the years in different parts of the planet.