Wine Tips: Sancerre or Menetou-Salon anyone?


If you're a lover of Sauvignon Blanc you will probably already have your favourites, New Zealand or Chile branded or labelled by the grape ….. or maybe Sancerre from France which immediately tells you something about the terroir and culture behind the wine. The problem is that Sauvignon lovers are often hit in the pocket … Continue reading Wine Tips: Sancerre or Menetou-Salon anyone?

Aesthetics ….. It’s not about the wine!


Any visit to a vineyard or winery should focus on a LOT more than sniffing, slurping and buying a few bottles! I'm well known for my oft repeated phrase “it's not about the wine”, a phrase I borrowed and changed from the disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong …. “It's not about the bike”. In his autobiography … Continue reading Aesthetics ….. It’s not about the wine!

Deplorable wine tasting notes! Subjective or objective?


This post is about differing perceptions in wine appreciation and I did consider writing it as one of my jokey conversations between Buddha and The Two Doctors, but I realised that not everyone would get it. Get it? Oh well, I’ll carry on! But before we really get going, have a skim of these two … Continue reading Deplorable wine tasting notes! Subjective or objective?

Best Winemaker Award 2018


This year we have visited Spain once, France three times, and toured around a number of vineyards in England. In France we visited the wine regions of Alsace, Chablis, Cote de Beaune, Cote de Nuits, Chinon, Saumur, Savennieres, and Menetou Salon and met 16 winemakers of which 10 were new to us.  As usual all … Continue reading Best Winemaker Award 2018