Le Serre Nuove dell’Ornellaia Bolgheri Rosso 2015, Tuscany, Italy (~£35-£40 see Wine Searcher) Very alluring, almost voluptuous style, but alongside the plush plummy berry and blackcurrant flavours, there are notes of herbs and tar, along with a backbone of quite firm tannin that will keep it in good condition for […]

Le Serre Nuove dell’Ornellaia Bolgheri Rosso 2015, Tuscany, Italy


Not much more expensive than the regular Canard-Duchêne, and a major step up in quality Champagne Canard-Duchêne Parcelle 181 Extra Brut NV, France (£37.99 Champagne One, Champagnes and Chateaux) Fresh, elegant style, dainty on its feet, with notes of fresh and crystallised pineapple and a hint of orange peel set […]

Champagne Canard-Duchêne Parcelle 181 Extra Brut NV, France


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”