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Category Archives for Wine Tastings

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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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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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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Domaine La Romanee Conti 2010′s

The end of January and beginning of February is generally a gloomy time of year in mid-winter London.  However, one of the recurring glimmers of bright light is the yearly Corney & Barrow tasting of the new releases of the most exclusive (and most expensive) property in the world -DRC. I always head up to [...]

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Barolo 1997 Retrospective

On my recent trip to Piedmont, we lined up 14/15 Baroli from the much lauded (on release) and maligned (recently) 1997 vintage in Piedmont.  The vintage was the first hot vintage vintage since 1990 and winemakers seemed to struggle in keeping freshness and balance in their wines.  The 2003 vintage was much hotter and generally [...]

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Percarlo Tasting, November 5th 2012, Zucca

We took advantage of the fact that our favourite London restaurant, Zucca, was closed on a Monday to hold a tasting of 14 vintages of a popular Super Tuscan.  We had accumulated magnums of most vintages with two vintages represent by two 75cl bottles. Percarlo is a 100% estate-grown Sangiovese-based wine from the esteemed estate [...]

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Barolo 2008 Tasting in Piedmont

2008 Barolo I’ve been a big fan of this vintage since I first tasted in April in London.  True that it is less consistent than 2007 and 2006 but it boasts a charming purity, balance and freshness.  The wines are medium weight and should drink earlier than the 2006 and 2004s. We kept the range [...]

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