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The Society’s Exhibition Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (Frog’s Leap), California (£18 The Wine Society) On the subtle side for Napa, but still with no shortage of blackberry and blackcurrant flavours, with some vanilla and spice to back it up. Tasty now, but there’s freshness and ripe tannin here, so […]

A trio of Cabernet Sauvignon-influenced reds


Wind Gap Syrah 2008, Sonoma County, California (£27.72 Vineyard Cellars) Combines a smoky bacon-fat note with gentle berry and plum fruit, wonderful herby freshness and streak of minerality. Would be hard pushed to spot this as a Californian red. S(+) Charles Smith Boom Boom! Syrah 2010, Columbia Valley, Washington State […]

Wine Tasting Video: US Syrah from California & Washington State




Some wines I filmed before Christmas when I’d been banished to one of the darker rooms in the house… Wakefield Estate Merlot 2009, Clare Valley, Australia (£9.99-£10.99 Cheers, Constantine Stores, Majestic, Nidderdale Fine Wines, Oliver’s Beer and Wine, Saxty’s, Sommelier Wine Co) Reasonable ruddy berry and plum fruit with a […]

Wine Tasting Video: Cabernet & Merlot from Australia, Italy and ...



It’s not all that much of a surprise to see Francis Ford Coppola acquiring the Inglenook name and rechristening his Rubicon estate Inglenook – more newsworthy is the arrival of Philippe Bascaules from Chateau Margaux as Estate Manager and Winemaker. Click here for more info

Rubicon Becomes Inglenook