HWW Wine Club inaugural tasting

Wines Tasted Champagne Brimoncourt, Brut Regence, NV, Ay, Champagne AOP, France Serra i Barcelo, Aucalà, 2014, Terra Alta DO, Tarragona, Spain Yangarra Estate, Roux Beauté Roussanne, 2014, McLaren Vale, Australia Roc d’Anglade, rosé 2013, VDP Gard, Languedoc, France Pierre Paillard, Bouzy Rouge Pinot Noir 2012, Coteaux Champenois AOP, France Kir-Yianni, Kali Riza Xinomavro 2013, Amyndeon […]

My inner geek and the Champagne Bureau of Australia

Image credit: Michel Guillard – Collection CIVC Since completing my WSET Diploma last year, it is not often I find myself in a room geeking out about structure, blind tasting and blending components. But a few weeks back that is just where I found myself and it was perfect! The Vin de Champagne is a […]

The brand Barolo – a tasting with Accademia del Barolo

It is “a shared philosophy of quality” that unites the twelve families of Accademia del Barolo, Matteo Sardagna of Poderi Luigi Einaudi tells us as we begin to taste a selection of Barolo from the 2012 vintage. Yesterday a small group of press and media were invited to a tasting led by Gianni Gagliardo and Matteo Sardagna, as a […]

Delamain Cognac – a blend of the old and the new

Published The Drinks Business, 22 April 2016. Trade is at the very heart of the Bordeaux region in France and just to the north of the city of Bordeaux is the home of Cognac, one of France’s most well known brandies – the other coming from Armagnac, to the south of Bordeaux. For centuries trade has […]

Next Stop: Stazione Novella …

First published The Drinks Business 12 August 2015. (Image credit: Credit: Black Sheep Restaurants) Hong Kong is currently basking in beautifully sunny summer weather so the recent arrival of Italian bar Stazione Novella to the hustle and bustle of Soho on Hong Kong Island is a welcome sight. Credit: Francesca Martin As the title suggests Stazione Novella is […]

Bubbles in Wan Chai – Champagne Thiénot at Berry Bros. & Rudd

A relative newcomer to the world of sparkling wine, Champagne Thiénot was established in 1985 by Alain Thiénot. Given that many of the great names in Champagne can trace their history back centuries it speaks volumes that a comparative youngster has gained such a foothold in the minds of Champagne drinkers. Last night Berry Bros. […]

What I’ve been drinking … Mullineux Wines, Journey Wines, Chateau Rauzan Segla

Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines, Swartland, South Africa, 2011, White Blend Journey Wines, Heathcote, Australia, 2012, Shiraz Chateau Rauzan Segla, Margaux, France 1983, Bordeaux red The white blend from Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines in Swartland South Africa is one of my all time favourite white wines. It satisfies so many different requirements being the perfect […]