Tasting ‘Little Known Wines Of Western Australia


  David Connor lives in Western Australia for part of the year and his small wine business (Sporting Wines) has been established 15 years. He deals mainly with (per James Halliday)….5 red star wineries and specialise in the Great Southern region. Davis specialise in Shiraz and Cabernets especially with a view to ageing/release at a very attractive cost and…

Autumn In The Rheingau 2018 – 1. Niederwald Monument


The 10.5m Germania gazes over the Rheingau vineyards and the river below to the upper reaches of the Palatinate. She holds the Reichskrone, the recovered crown of the German emperor in the right hand and Reichsschwert, the Imperial Sword in the left. The large relief under her shows emperor Kaiser Wilhelm I on horseback with nobility and soldiers. Below…

Letter From The Mosel – 3


    Tony Lee and Renna Benson are walking from Rotterdam to Assmannshausen. This is  their second letter from the Mosel     “It was early morning. The dozen or so people moved slowly around under the trees. They appeared to be dressed normally but with their heads bent down they avoided all eye contact.…

Letter From The Mosel – 2


  Tony Lee and Renna Benson are walking from Rotterdam to Assmannshausen. This is  their second letter from the Mosel   “The sign on the big plastic container on the market stall in Trier said Federweisse 2.50 euros for 0.2l. Was this the drink I remembered? I ordered a glass of the white liquid took…

Letter From The Mosel – 1


  Tony Lee and Renna Benson are walking from Rotterdam to Assmannshausen. This is  how it went     “The young man showed us the plastic bucket filled with bunches of freshly picked grapes. “Bitte” he said, along with some German I couldn’t understand! He wants you to taste them explained a Swedish couple nearby.…

Tasting Trimbach 2007


  We have been visiting the Alsace wine region for nearly a quarter of a century and on each occasion, have stopped at Maison Trimbach to taste with two generations of their winemakers. The first Alsace tasting I arranged for the Harrogate Medical Wine Society was tutored by Joanna Lock MW. That was over twenty…

London Wine Fair 2018


  The 2018 London Wine Trade Fair was held under new management at Kensington Olympia from 21 – 23 May. I went there on Day 1       Ben & Emma Robson of Bat & Bottle were there for the first time, showing their fine Italian collection. Ben made me taste his new Tuscan…