Bin 003 Ribolla Gialla 2018

Bin #003 Ribolla Gialla 2018, Italy, 12.5% (£9.50, The Wine Society) This is the third edition of the Wine Society’s new experimental ‘Bin’ range dedicated to quirky varieties and wines and it’s the most successful to date. Ribolla Gialla is an ancient but little known white variety grown...

Vasse Felix Filius Chardonnay 2016

Vasse Felix Filius Chardonnay 2016, 13%, Australia (£13, Booths) Based in the north of England, Booths is known for its wine range and rightly so. Based on the supermarket’s recent tasting in September 2019, the wine range shows strength and depth, with some particular high points in the...

Rating South American icons

This was a fascinating panel tasting for Decanter back in January 2019 (published in the June 2019 edition). The focus was 'icon' bordeaux-style blends from South America. In other words, some of the continent's most expensive and highly vaunted wines based on Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec...

30 Chileans under £25

'Frustrating doesn't begin to cover it,' I write in this recommendations piece for Decanter, picking 30 Chilean wines under £25. On paper, this should be a straightforward piece. Chile is making heaps of fabulous wines at this price, as I know from my regular trips out...

Louis Guntrum Pinot Noir 2017

Louis Guntrum Pinot Noir 2017, 13.5%, Rheinhessen, Germany (£13.99 down to £10.49 until 16.7.2019, Waitrose Cellar) Is Pinot Noir the wine lover's ultimate grape?  And, if so, where do you find great value bottles of the same? A short while ago, I posed these questions on social media.  In answer...

New wave Bordeaux architecture

Back in March I flew over to Bordeaux for a whistle-stop tour of some of the most eye-catching modern wineries in the wine world. This was a mini-reprise of my first book - Wineries with Style, an attempt to look at and talk about wine from...

Chapel Down Bacchus 2018

Chapel Down Bacchus 2018, 12.5%, England (from £12, Sainsbury's, Ocado, Waitrose) Bacchus is a fascinating grape. It's originally from Germany but the UK seems to have co-opted it as its own and now it's England's answer to Sauvignon Blanc - aromatic, tangy and seemingly able to capture...