Lyrarakis Dafni, Crete, Greece 2016

Fed up with drinking Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc and fancy trying a white with a bit of a difference? If so, this Cretan wine (yes I said Cretan) made from 100% Dafni –an ancient indigenous variety found only on this Greek Island - is one to try. I first came across this wine during my studies and asked recently by a friend for an ‘unusual’ wine to take to a wine tasting I had no hesitation in recommending…

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Wine Review: Waitrose Douro Valley Reserva Quinta da Rosa, 2015

With the clocks going back this weekend, those long winter nights will soon be upon us - that maybe true but what better than to be tucked up indoors with a hearty stew and a warming bottle of red? Portugal is a region that deserves more exploration and there is more, much more to the wines of Portugal than the eponymous fortified ‘Port’, with many indigenous (and often unpronounceable!) grapes and little known regions to explore.  Sadly many consumers…

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British wine….BEWARE!

Readers of this blog will remember I recently waxed lyrical about the virtues of English wine in particular with regard to sparkling.  Before you head to the shops eager to hunt out a bottle of English wine (which if I’m being wholly accurate should be English or Welsh wine) I wanted to flag something… British wine has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with English or Welsh wine and is a totally different ‘beast’ entirely (and in this instance that definition…

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Spotlight – Sparkling Wines (part 2)

In the first part of this blog, I looked primarily at the ‘old world’ sparkling production of France, Spain and Italy, touching on the main production styles: • Traditional method (ie second fermentation in the bottle it is sold in) – ie Champagne, Cava, Franciacorta, Cremant • Tank method (aka Martinotti or Charmat), where the second fermentation occurs in a pressurized vat prior to bottling ie Prosecco, Lambrusco • as well as touching on the Asti method which is…

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Spotlight – Sparkling Wines (part 1)

Everyone loves a glass of bubbles right?  Actually, I’ve never been a huge fan, but having recently judged some Prestige Cuvée Champagnes (the best wines in a producer’s portfolio) I must admit some totally blew me away with their quality. There is a huge amount of sparkling wine out there to choose from and as it’s less than 12 weeks to Christmas (sorry but it’s true!!) it won’t be long before you start seeing all the pre-Xmas Sparkling wine…

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