Just taken a phone call from my printers saying that for various reasons, I won’t be taking delivery of my new book “101 Wine FAQs” until Monday. Which means that instead of spending today posting off several copies to the many people who’ve already said they’d like one (or more), […]

Twenty-One Yes’s & No’s of 101 Wine FAQs…


When my son was six, his teacher asked the class what people’s parents did for work. Alex’s reply ran to four words: ‘Daddy spits out wine.’ And it’s true. I spit out thousands of wines every year. The great thing about wine is that after 25 years of spitting the […]

Introducing my new book “101 Wine FAQs”


Two wines from the same stable, both lovely but quite different in style… Torre de Oña Rioja Reserva 2012, Spain (£22 Armit) Currently showing some youthful oakiness, but it’s in balance with the gushing red and dark berry, apple and orange peel flavour and hints of spice. Powerful and persistent, […]

Two excellent Riojas



Another couple of wines from Domaine du Grand Mayne in South West France – there are two more in THIS POST. Until 11 September 2017, readers can get a discount of 25% off the Grand Mayne range by using the code SW25DGM at the winery’s checkout – the Reserve Merlot/Cab below […]

Two more wines from Domaine du Grand Mayne, Côtes de ...


Estevez Pinot Noir 2016, Valle Central, Chile (£4.79 Aldi) Perhaps the oak is a bit clunky, and there’s a slight medicinal note, but at the price, it’s hard to complain about the gentle, every-so-slightly jammy, juicy strawberry-ish little number. C+ Parker Station Pinot Noir 2015, California (£13.50-£14.50 The Wine Society) […]

Two Pinot Noirs from Chile & California


Altano Douro White 2016, Portugal (£8.50-£9.99 Tanners, The Wine Society, winedirect.co.uk, Auriol Wines) Like a herb-strewn Sauvignon Blanc bolstered by some spicy, grapey notes and with hints of woodsmoke, vanilla and [pretentiousness alert] carbon steel, really interesting youngster. S- Esporão Reserva Branco 2015, Alentejo, Portugal (£13.99-£15.99 Cambridge Wine Merchants, Field […]

Two Portuguese Whites – Douro & Alentejo