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Giovannini Moresco

I had the pleasure of meeting one of our favourite clients recently for a lovely dinner at Medlar on the King’s Road. I thought I’d bring one of my last bottles of a wine I was sure he hadn’t tasted.  A 1971 Barbaresco Pajore from Giavanni Moresco.  The wine on this showing had a strong [...]

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Crisps and Wine Matching

If anyone thinks we wine people take it all too seriously, here’s a new experience. We matched 7 types of retro crisps with 3 whites and 3 reds.  The crisps were Frazzles, Skips (Prawn Cocktails), Quavers (Cheese), Squares (Salt&Vinegar), Monster Munch (Pickled Onion) and the non-retro Doritos (Chilli Heatwave).  The aim was to decide which [...]

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Gaja 1961 vs Cappellano 1964

A dear friend kindly opened these two great bottles on my recent visit to his home town.  This was a duel not only of two excellent vintages, but also of Barolo versus Barbaresco and most importantly of two highly respected producers. There is no doubt that the 1964 vintage is generally more highly regarded than [...]

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Robert Parker Grand Tasting HK March 2014

This event was my first exposure to Robert Parker as a speaker.  It was a complete coincidence that I happened to be in HK during a series of events he was hosting on his Asian Tour.  I liked his style.  He spoke eloquently and was very good at playing to the local crowd.  He called [...]

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My Wine of the Year 2013

Thankfully, I’ve been lucky to share some great bottles this year but the one that topped it all for me was at a lunch in November at my favourite haunt,  Zucca.  It’s a wine I’d had a 3 other occasions but this bottle was the best of the parcel.  It’s the Barolo Riserva 1958 Giuseppe Mascarello. [...]

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An Epic Dinner at Zucca

This was organised purely to celebrate the end of summer and the recent nuptials of some good friends from the trade. Sam Harris from Zucca Bermondsey treated us to his now legendary hospitality with some amazing food.  He sometimes uses these private dining room events (which holds 10 people) to experiment with new dishes and, [...]

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Lovely Dinner at Gauthier Soho

Met some dear old friends at Gauthier Soho for a lovely meal.  The food was restrained and pure and nicely cooked.  The wine all sang and were first time bottles for me except for one. We started with a 1975 Champagne from Christophe de Valicourt. This is a small house I hadn’t heard of before and [...]

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Ornellaia 1990 to 2010

Our Tenuta dell’Ornellaia UK importer friends hosted a fascinating tasting last week featuring an interesting array of vintages.  The tasting was led by GM and agronomist, Leonardo Raspini and and Winemaker, Axel Heinz. The tasting started with two vintages of Le Serre Nuove dell’Ornellaia whose inaugural vintage was 1997. 2010 Le Serre Nuove dell’Ornellaia These second wines [...]


Sunday Night In

Managed to catch up with a dear old friend passing through town.  His generosity of opening rather glorious older Bordeaux pushed the ante for me to bring some decent stuff. We started with an Ockfener Bockstein Kabinett 2005 Zilliken, which was drinking beautifully.  It had a lovely charming, creamy, ripe apple nose and a brilliant [...]

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Brunello di Montalcino 2008 Tasting in Montalcino

This is the third instalment in our February Brunello tastings at the property of Le Ragnaie in Montalcino.  The thought of attending the Benvenuto Brunello tastings (always held the week after our event) fills me with dread so this is a much more civilised alternative. We taste anywhere between 24-30 wines  to give ourselves a [...]

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