Wirra Wirra The 12th Man Chardonnay, Adelaide Hills

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

Limoncello at Cambridge Food and Wine Society (with La Dante)

After I arranged a tasting of Italian wines for La Dante in Cambridge last year, Giulia Portuese-Williams, who runs the centre, suggested we do a joint event together with the Cambridge Food and Wine Society. When, shortly afterwards, I made contact with Steve Turvill who runs Limoncello on Mill Road, … Continue reading

Wines from Turkey, India, Greece and Georgia at Laithwaites

Earlier this week, I went to a tasting of wines from Turkey, India, Greece and Georgia at Laithwaites‘ HQ, Vinopolis. In a game of word association, say “Laithwaites” and I will generally think of ripe, fruity, unchallenging wines that are usually overpriced and oversold – I wrote as much in … Continue reading

Chateau Baccarat: Oenology range

Yesterday, I took delivery of a pair of “Oenology” wine glasses, courtesy of Baccarat; one for red wine and one for white. The Baccarat Oenology collection, launched at Maison et Objet in Paris earlier this month, comes to the UK at the end of February, so this is something of a sneak  preview. … Continue reading

Wine of The Month – February

After the January detox and ritual breaking of New Year’s resolutions, February brings the Romance of Valentine’s Day. According to Wikipedia, the day is named after one or more early Christian martyrs named Saint Valentine, and was established by Pope Gelasius I in 496 AD, becoming first associated with romantic … Continue reading

Affordable Italian Wines from Cambridge Wine Merchants at La Dante, Cambridge

Recently, I presented a collection of Italian wines at La Dante in Cambridge. Giulia Portuese-Williams, who runs La Dante, had asked me if I could select and present some wines from different parts of Italy – and with a budget of around £10 per bottle, I decided that “affordable” was … Continue reading

Wines For Christmas – December Wine of The Month

December means Christmas – and whilst the supermarkets may be vying for your attention and hard-earned pennies with special offers, it’s the independents who really specialise in the wines for special occasions.  This month, in recognition of the time of year, we have increased the budget slightly and asked Cambridge’s … Continue reading

Alvear PX Solera 1927 Montilla – Cambridge Wine Merchants

With autumn well and truly upon us, it’s time for big, hearty, warming wines with seasonal food to match. For mains, that means seasonal game dishes and stews – but spare a thought for filling, indulgent puddings with some bonfire night smoke, spice and warmth. If you need a wine to … Continue reading

Farmers’ Market at Cambridge Hotel du Vin

At the weekend, I stopped by Cambridge’s Hotel du Vin for their farmers’ market and barbecue event, organised by the hotel to showcase some of their various food and drink suppliers with both samples and produce to buy. We were greeted at the entrance by roasting chestnuts and an array … Continue reading

The d’Arry’s Cambridge Case

Cambridge cook house and wine shop d’Arry’s is set to launch a “d’Arry’s Cambridge case” of d’Arenberg wines. The gastropub which first set up in Cambridge in 2006 is to start selling a mixed case of some of its most popular d’Arenberg wines via its website, priced at £60 – … Continue reading

d’Arry’s Cookhouse and Wine Shop

I have written previously about the gentrification of the Cambridge dining scene that took place during the mid-noughties.   Looking back, the one that started it all was perhaps the transformation of the rather scruffy King St Run town pub into the smart, sophisticated and quirky yet unpretentious urban gastropub … Continue reading