A few months ago I decided to upgrade my very old website and this shiny new one comes with a blog - so a chance to write about a fe w of the wines I've been drinking or am lucky enough to work with.
I must also say a big "Thank you" to Mike Turner of pleasebringmemywine.com fame for creating the new website. He's just launched a fabulous new online wine shop dedicated to bringing the best organic, biodynamic and sustainable wines to the UK market.
Check it out: www.feelgoodgrapes.com
So a bit about me...I've worked the wine trade in various guises for over 20 years and thoroughly enjoyed every minute. There's been iconic wines, delicious everyday drinking wines and wines I won't forget. The people are another positive aspect of the industry, from passionate winemakers and owners to the people bringing the wines to the masses and lots of fascinating people along the way.
To start the blog I thought I'd focus on some of the wines I've drunk last month so here goes...(I should point out I am not one for detailed tasting notes, I'll leave that to the professionals!).
1. Tio Pepe Fino En Rama - I buy this every year when released as it really is the best Fino out there. This was my last bottle sadly!
2. Jane Eyre Côte de Nuit Villages 2016 - I'm lucky to receive an invite every year to an En Primeur tasting hosted by the "3 Aussies in Burgundy" Mark Haisma, Andrew Nielsen of Le Grappin and Jane Eyre. Fabulous and very well priced burgundies.
3. Blackbook Chardonnay 2018 from Clayhill Vineyard - this was the second bottle I've drunk from Blackbook an urban winery just up the road from me in Battersea. Very impressive and I must visit them when lockdown is over!
4. Recaredo Cava 2015 - I've tried their wines at tastings but never bought before and will definitely be buying again. Must drink more Cava.
5. Big Drop Uptown Craft Lager - ok so not wine but I do like beer (and Gin). This is a no alcohol lager - still plenty of lager taste and refreshing.
6. Meursault 2016 Jean Philippe Fichet - I hate this question when people ask it but if I did have to choose only one wine I could drink for the rest of my life it would be Meursault.
7. Gevrey Chambertin 2016 Jane Eyre - another of Jane's reds - very smart.
8. Santenay Premier Cru Les Gravieres 2016 Le Grappin - this is quite something and almost knocks Meursault off my top list! Very pleased I bought a case!
9. Alsace 2015 Marcel Deiss - I first tasted their wines at the Lea & Sandeman tasting a few years back and loved them. This is a blend of Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Muscat and some other regional varietals - delicious.
Lockdown is a chance to open some of those "special" bottles so I will continue doing just that!