Three wines produced to commemorate Hull being chosen as the 2017 UK City of Culture. click HERE for more info on what’s going on. (£1 from each bottle of Viticulture wine will be donated to the legacy of Hull 2017 to support local arts and cultural projects after 2017) Viticulture […]

Lift your glasses to Hull, the 2017 UK City of ...

Les Songeurs Cabernet Franc 2015, Pays d’Oc, France (£10.49 Laithwaites) I like the sweet blackcurrant and blackberry flavours, and the leafy-fresh fragrance and tar-like character of Cab Franc, but there’s too much of an oak imprint (with a green edge too) for it to be a real success, and this […]

Les Songeurs Cabernet Franc 2015, Pays d’Oc, France

Guigal Gigondas 2011, Rhône, France (£24.26 Chordale Wine Merchants, Bubbles And Wine Ltd, Roberts and Speight Ltd, Portland Wine Company, Fenwick Ltd, R Campbell & Sons Ltd, Clifton Cellars, Hailsham Cellars, Liquorice) Dumb initially, this opens up over the course of a couple of hours to reveal its core of […]

Assorted reds from France, South Africa & Portugal

Sauvion Crémant de Loire NV, France (£13.99 Oxford Wine Company, Flagship Wines) Balances a bracing green apple tang against honeyed richness to good effect, crisp zesty finish. B(+) Terroir La Baume Saint Paul Crémant de Limoux Brut* NV, Languedoc, France (N/A in the UK) Quite a plush, rich style, with […]

Four sparkling French wines – but no Champagne…

Calmel & Joseph Villa Blanche Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Pays d’Oc, France (£8.95-£9.36 Viader Wines, Richard Granger Wines) Combines a ripe element – fleshy plum and guava – with a crisper, stonier citrus side: initially they sit apart but after a few minutes, they get together to make tuneful although not […]

Sauvignon Blanc from France & New Zealand