Grand Mayne Côtes de Duras Moelleux 2012, South West France (€13.50 per half Grand Mayne) Golden in colour, with unctuous, creamy aromas of honey, toast, apricots and pineapple. When you come to taste it, it’s not as rich as you expect, with zippy citrus and guava freshness alongside the fleshier […]

Grand Mayne Côtes de Duras Moelleux 2012, South West France


Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Margaret River, Australia (£59 Jeroboams) Absolutely delicious combo of richness and refinement, with intense, earthy blackcurrant, blackberry and plum set against notes of graphite, cedar and mint, with slightly vanilla-tinged oak hovering in the background, and a framework of juicy acidity and fine-grained tannins. Very […]

Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Margaret River, Australia


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 ...