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!

The Two Doctors Wine Awards 2018: #3 Loire


The most varied of the wine regions we have visited this year, and certainly the biggest ...... a long snaking area from the Atlantic Ocean on the west coast of France almost to Bourgogne and ending around Sancerre. This is the Loire Valley, home to Cabernet Franc, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Melon de Bourgogne … Continue reading The Two Doctors Wine Awards 2018: #3 Loire

Wines 101: #3 Vines for women?


No, this is NOT a genderist or sexist post, have patience all will be revealed! Our arrival at the port of Le Havre and subsequent departure for a Savennieres wine tasting was not without incident; returning to our car parked on an outside deck the previous night we discovered we were not to be the first … Continue reading Wines 101: #3 Vines for women?

Is this a wine for women! Postcard from Savennierres


Domaine du Closel, Savennierres, has been run by a female winemaker for 5 generations. Wonderful expression of Chenin Blanc at its best with Evelyne de Pontbriande, current owner/winemaker, who couldn't stop laughing at my joke question, "is this a wine for women?" Full tasting report next week.

It’s not about the wine! Postcard from Loire, France


Our travels renewed, some will be pleased to hear, as we arrive at Fontevraud L'Abbeye for a few days. The fact that the whole area is filled with plantings of Cabernet Franc, Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc is a complete coincidence as we only come here so Dr C can spend every day shopping in … Continue reading It’s not about the wine! Postcard from Loire, France