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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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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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Wines and Cigars of the Year

It’s been a great and many thanks to all that shared some great bottles, cigars and laughs. I’ve been very lucky to share some top wines this year but I will remember these for a very long time. Hermitage Blanc 1991 Chave Hermitage Rouge 1990 Chave Clos de Vougeot 1978 Heritiers Nicolas Echezeaux 1985 JP [...]

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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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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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