Tasting Top-end Wines of Quinta do Crasto


I first visited Quinta do Crasto, high above the Douro River, in June 2016. It is a beautiful place with a stunning infinity pool. I enjoyed walking in the vineyards, seeing the immaculately kept winery and cellars with suspended barrels, and drank delightful Douro whites and reds at lunch on the terrace. The Bacalhau was the best…

Tasting Chakana With Sophie Jump


  Chakana is the Andean name for the Southern Cross. Chakana winery, founded on the day the Southern Cross reached its perfectly vertical position in the night sky in Argentina – 2nd May 2002, is located in Mendoza and the high altitude vineyard which includes several blocks of 100 year old Malbec is in Lujan…

Thoughts On Sauvignon Blanc


Yesterday was World Sauvignon Blanc Day   I presume you sipped a glass or two of Sauvignon Blanc yesterday. I am not a lover of the varietal but anyway, uncorked or rather twisted the Stelvin off a bottle of 2014 Matetic EQ Coastal Sauvignon Blanc from Chile’s Casablanca Valley and had a glass before lunch.…

The Georgian Supra


Georgia, nestled between the Black Sea and the wild Caucasian Mountains is a beautiful country. It is hard not to fall in love with this ancient land where wine originated 8000 years ago. Georgians love their food and wine and have elevated eating and drinking to a fine art. They call it the Supra. Recently, UNESCO…

Filipa Pato – Wine Without Makeup


They have been making wine in Bairrada since the 10th century. Today it is DOC and is the home of tannic and acidic Baga. Luis Pato is king here. I met Luis for the first time at the annual Wines of Portugal tasting in London this year. I tasted his whites and told him about…

Wines Of Portugal Annual Tasting – London 2017


  My invitation to the 2017 Wines of Portugal tasting in London arrived on the last day of February. The opportunity to meet and chat again with old winemaker friends from Portugal delighted me. I drove to London on the 3rd of April, stayed the night in Islington and next morning, took the tube to…

Tasting Alsace Vintage 2014


2014 was an exceptional year for Alsace – perhaps the greatest some of us have ever seen for Riesling. The 2014 wines are in the classic mould with glorious fresh acidity that will ensure they have a long life ahead of them. It may be difficult to resist them now, though!     Harrogate Medical Wine Society…