About Tom Lewis

Tom Lewis is a wine writer and educator from Cambridge with a particular interest in Austria and France. His comments have been published on JancisRobinson.com, Local Wine Events, as well as in the local press in his hometown of Cambridge, UK. When it comes to buying wine, Tom’s philosophy is to buy as close as possible to where it comes from. He writes a regular blog, the Cambridge Wine Blogger which launched in 2009 and is a presenter for the Cambridge Food and Wine Society. To read more of Tom’s work, please check out cambridgewineblogger.blogspot.com

Gentilini Wines, Kefalonia – Greece

Kefalonia’s Gentilini family, originally from Italy, traces its arrival on the Greek island back to the 1520s; several centuries later, in the early 20th century, the last Gentilini married a Kosmetatos and the name died out. Marianna Kosmetatos, a direct descendent of the Gentilini-Kosmetatos line, is the current owner and … Continue reading

Corkers: Rock & Roll Crisps in Space


The press pack for these Corkers Crisps tells me they are made from a unique variety of potato (Naturalo, apparently), are sliced thinner for a better texture, are made locally and sustainably in Cambridgeshire, are served on BA, at Kew Gardens and The British Library, have been on television and … Continue reading

A Most Particular Taste: Haut-Brion 350 Years Celebration Dinner

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On April 10th 1663, diarist, Cambridge-graduate and upwardly-mobile man-about-town, Samuel Pepys wrote to have “drank a sort of French wine called Ho Bryen that hath a good and most particular taste I never met with”, thereby inventing the tasting note. Haut-Brion, the only Bordeaux first growth based outside the Medoc, was … Continue reading

Two Wines from Dopff & Irion, Alsace


Dopff & Irion is based in the beautiful village of Riquewihr in Franco-Germanic Alsace; the vineyards are now four estates, created by René Dopff in 1945: Les Murailles, Les Sorcières, Les Maquisards and Les Amandiers, each with a single variety planted. The domaine sent me two wines to review: they make … Continue reading

Ramon Bilbao Dinner at Cambridge Hotel du Vin

hotel du vin dinner

It’s not often you get to try a completely new appellation of wine – the Ramon Bilbao NV Mar de Frades Albariño Rías Baixas Brut Nature, the first-ever sparkling Albarino from Rias Baxas, was presented by Carlos Delage at Cambridge Hotel du Vin at a Ramon Bilbao dinner. Over canapes … Continue reading

La Cave des Vignerons de Pfaffenheim – Alsace

Etiq Gentil PFAFF

Dating back to 1957, La Cave des Vignerons de Pfaffenheim is a co-operative of 230 growers based in the sunnier, warmer part of southern Alsace that typically produces riper, fuller wines. Alsace, with its Germanic heritage, generally produces single-variety wines labelled as such – these two wines, however, are blends … Continue reading

Wine of the Month – November (And a Wine to Drink Out)


This article also appears on CambridgeWineBlogger On the cusp of autumn and winter, November is a month for warming spicy reds, maybe still with a bit of autumnal mellow fruitfulness. Bright days after clear nights bring misty mornings with a watery sun hanging low in the sky, golden russet hues … Continue reading

Joseph Barnes Wines at Cambridge Food and Wine Society

Joseph Barnes Wines

The Languedoc, according Charles Hardcastle of Joseph Barnes Wines, is a rustic, peasanty land with an ancient and bloody history – a land of impenetrable dialects, heresy and repression. The strange, earthy character of the region is also reflected in the wines, which tend towards an expressively rustic, spicy charm. … Continue reading

Tour de Belfort: The Challenge‏ (and an offer)


The other week, I met Muriel Lismonde who, with her family, runs Tour de Belfort, a start-up winery in Cahors. The Background The project started when Muriel’s father sold the his Paris-based business and used the proceeds to buy a ruin and some land in the village of Quercy. I … Continue reading

Wirra Wirra The 12th Man Chardonnay, Adelaide Hills

Wirra Wirra

This Wirra Wirra The 12th Man Chardonnay hails from the Adelaide Hills in Australia and is aged in French oak. Australia was the first country to give us big, ripe, buttery Chardonnay – a style that spread across the (New) World only to be usurped in a backlash against oak … Continue reading