Terlingham Vineyard Harvest Tasting

The Vineyard Nestled in amongst ancient woodland and classic English hedgerows, the uniform rows of vines are catching the last few hours of sunshine before the harvest. A slight dip in the centre of the vineyard creates a mini amphitheatre for the setting Autumn sun. The sea is so close that you can feel the…

Gusbourne Estate Vineyard Tour

The Vineyard Terrior It is an unseasonably warm February morning as we look down across the gently sloping vineyard towards the distant coastline. Neat rows of freshly pruned bare vines are bisected by the historic Saxon Road pathway that still marches through the Gusbourne Estate. From this position it is plain to see how close…

Dark Pink or Light Red? Two Unusual Rosés

The popularity of rosé from Provence has soared over the last few years¹. Pale salmon in colour, refined and elegant with flavours of strawberry, raspberry and herbs, these are perfect wines for summer drinking. Inevitably, this surge in interest drives the prevailing style globally. Whilst this is good in terms of raising standards and helping…

Off the Beaten Track (Part 2): Tempranillo Blanco, Rioja

Here is another unusual wine I found at my local wine merchant (Press Wine Services). Rioja is arguably the most well known wine region in Spain and is highly regarded for its red wines which are rich, savoury and age-worthy. White Rioja is less well known – and until relatively recently was less well regarded…

Off the Beaten Track (Part 1): Fetească Neagră, Romania.

I love a good hearty Syrah or a searingly crisp Sauvignon Blanc, but I also enjoy exploring more obscure grapes and regions. You never quite know what to expect, and the promise of discovering the next great wine bargain always makes it worth the gamble. This is the first in a series of posts about…

Decanter Fine Wine Encounter Pt 1: The Champagnes

The Decanter Fine Wine Encounter was by far the largest wine tasting event I have been to with an awe-inspiring 600+ wines to sample. Producers from all over the world were there showing pretty much every type of wine you can think of. With such a vast array of goodies to choose from a carefully…

Wine Tasting Event: The Influence of Oak

I am fortunate to live locally to The Goods Shed in Canterbury where Clive Barlow MW runs his wine shop Press Wine Services. As you would expect from a Master of Wine, Clive has a vast knowledge of the world of wine and is always willing to advise and educate his customers. He runs regular…

How to Drink Better Wine

Getting bored drinking the same wines all the time? Want to explore different or better wines but don’t know where to start? Here are my top tips for reinvigorating your wine rack.

What is Tannin?

Descriptions of red wines often mention tannin, but what is it and why is it important? On a molecular level, the term tannin covers a family of related compounds which are fairly large and composed of polyphenols (a phenol is a six membered carbon ring with an oxygen and hydrogen on it). Tannins occur naturally…