Wines 101: #8 Cullen, Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot


Continuing our Wines 101 exploration of Australia our next purchase was a Cullen, Margaret River, Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot, 2016. Our previous post described the Margaret River area so we won’t repeat it here. The bottle was opened at an evening tasting with friends at our home in The Cotswolds, we had a charcuterie table spread of … Continue reading Wines 101: #8 Cullen, Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot

Wines 101 #7: Leeuwin “Prelude” Margaret River Chardonnay 2016


Margaret River is a highly respected wine region in the southwestern corner of Western Australia. Famous for having a more "European" wine style than its counterparts across the country, Margaret River has made its name through its unusually refined Cabernet Sauvignon (often blended with Merlot), gamey Shiraz, intensely citrusy Chardonnay, and refreshingly grassy blends of … Continue reading Wines 101 #7: Leeuwin “Prelude” Margaret River Chardonnay 2016

Wines 101 #6 Goodbye Europe, Hello World!


No, it’s not what you think ... I have NOT been influenced by the naysayers with their: After Brexit .... We can’t travel to Europe Planes can’t fly over Britain We won’t have low cost flights any more We won’t be able to buy French wines The cost of my Prosecco will go up I'll … Continue reading Wines 101 #6 Goodbye Europe, Hello World!

Wines 101 #5 No cats pee or gooseberry bush thank you!


Menetou-Salon Located directly southwest of Sancerre, this relatively small appellation produces a brilliant range of high-quality white, red and rosé wines that offer excellent value. Sauvignon Blanc is the predominant grape here with some Pinot Noir now being cultivated too.The vines are mostly planted in upper Jurassic Kimmeridgian limestone sediment, exactly the same as in … Continue reading Wines 101 #5 No cats pee or gooseberry bush thank you!

Wines 101 #4 Wife snaps while I drink wine!


Wine tasting my way through a Wines 101 Bucket List has become an exercise in logistics, decision making, communication and relationship building! I naively thought that the reclusive nature of old world winemakers in France had disappeared, but it hasn’t, far from it as I discovered in Chablis, Sancerre, and now in Chinon. I have … Continue reading Wines 101 #4 Wife snaps while I drink wine!