RAW – London Artisan Wine Fair 2015


Yesterday I went to RAW – UK’s biggest artisan wine fair at London’s Old Truman Brewery. “RAW is about fine, natural wines that are true to where they are from – that have an authenticity of taste that most wines today have lost” the blurb reads. I was at the Brick Lane venue just after doors opened at 10…

Enira – A Trip Down Memory Lane


It was John’s note that jogged my memory. “One day the coach took us to a wide, parched valley, baked by the sun, into which a state of the art winery appeared to have been dropped, complete with healthy looking vines and strong security fencing. This was Enira, only planted three years earlier or so.”…

Premature Oxidation


There were reports in the wine press last week about premature oxidation in red wine but this problem in white wine, specially in Burgundy, has been talked about since the mid 1990s without a plausible explanation as to what causes it. Extreme vine stress resulting in insufficient glutathiones which function as antioxidants during fermentation, low…

First Taste


On the 7th of June, I tasted a dozen wines, which were praised by the British wine press recently, with members of the Harrogate Medical Wine Society. Pongràcz Brut NV, Stellenbosch: A well known wine writer called this Cap Classique, a blend of 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir from the firm founded by the Hungarian…