Archive for 2013

Hot on the heals of Sancerre….

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

[In song] On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me a Touraine from the Wine Society….

A Christmas Day classic is Sancerre served with a starter of smoked salmon but finding a decent one for less than £15 is hard, and it adds up if you’re catering for more than a handful of people.

Touraine Sauvignon Blanc is also from the Loire Valley in France, same as Sancerre, it is made of Sauvignon Blanc, same as white Sancerre and over the last few years the region has been working with flying winemaker and Master of Wine Sam Harrop (who comes from NZ, the land of Sauvignon Blanc) to perfect the regions’ style of Savvy. Put a wine importing heavy weight like The Wine Society behind all that and you’ve got a seriously good alternative to Sancerre at half the price like Les Hauts Lieux Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2012 which is an honest steal at £7.50.

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Drink it and weep, Champagne!

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

[In song] On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me a sparkling wine from Aldi…

Philippe Michel Crémant de Jura Chardonnay 2011; it’s from Aldi, it’s a Chardonnay and it’s not Champagne. It may not be sounding very festive so far but believe me French regional sparkling wine is on the up, as is Chardonnay. This budget busting bubbly is from Jura, a little known appellation to the East of Beaune in France near to the Swizz boarder. It’s produced using the same method as Champagne, using the same white grape as Champagne but is only £6.99. It’s lighter in style in terms of depth and complexity than any half decent Champagne and the same can be said for my other favourite French regional bubbly Crémant de Bourgogne. But it’s £6.99, packaged reassuringly well, it tastes fresh and citrusy with crisp apple and pear flavours and seems ever so slightly off dry. Serve it as an aperitif, with chicken (or turkey..!) nuts and Comté cheese (which is from the region). Did I mention it was only £6.99.

Drink it and weep, Champagne!

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As seen at the Ideal Home Show, Christmas!

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Here’s a little insight into what happened at the Ideal Home Show Christmas Drinks Theatre the other day, for a breakdown of my top wine picks and what they tasted like stay tuned for my seven days of Christmas series featuring all wines and gifts I presented at the show. Starting on the 1st December. There’ll be singing and everything…!

With huge thanks to Harvey Nichols, Piggy Bank wines, Hardy’s, Concha y Toro, Sopexa and the guys at who helped make my debut tastings at The Ideal Home Show happen.

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Hampering the wine efforts….

Monday, November 25th, 2013

All you need is love and a bottle of wine, apparently. Well, yes… and no. Both help if you’re trying to get pregnant, but right now it’s Christmas, a time of giving and a time when love and a bottle of wine never quite seems enough.

Ok then, how about love, wine and a few nibbly bits? I’m talking hampers. I’ve always been wary of them as an idea, never quite knowing what’s hiding under the cellophane. To me they slap of corporate gratefulness and a lack of imagination, invariably gifted to someone you’re obliged to buy for rather than want to gift to. And wine invariably comes as part of the deal but what can be said of the quality?


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It’s #AllAboutChardonnay….

Monday, November 11th, 2013

People that work in the wine trade always have a story: a wine moment that sealed their destiny and career direction forever. Being born with a nose on the wrong side of dainty meant a lot of my fate was written genetically but my wine moment was relatively simple. I got a job at Christie’s the auctioneers in their education department, it was my first job after I graduated and I was organising the logistics and subscriptions to their wine tasting evenings. The nights were hosted by esteemed Masters of Wine that I had no appreciation of at the time and were attended by rich middle class men, their chums or their wives. As you can imagine, some of the wines we poured (and got to take home the leftovers of) were outstanding, nothing like I’d ever been exposed to before. ………

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Miss Bouquet’s debut tastings at the Ideal Home Show Christmas….

Friday, November 1st, 2013

It’s the 1st November, which in my book means it’s officially time to start thinking about Christmas. It’ll be our first Christmas with Baby Bouquet so it’s going to be a really special time and I’m already thinking about decorations, presents, food and the root of all merriment…. Christmas wines. Our purse strings are even tighter than usual, maternity leave does that to your bank account, but you don’t have to splash out to serve some great wines! ………

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