International Malbec Day as Argentina becomes my new “Burgundy”!


Today is International Malbec Day, so here's a post celebrating that grape and its wines. I have chosen Argentina for my own celebration with some history, a comparison with my favourite Burgundy (!), and some recommendations of Argentinian vineyards plus some bottles from The Wine Society (UK). I hope you enjoy it and send me … Continue reading International Malbec Day as Argentina becomes my new “Burgundy”!

Still keeping calm and carrying on!


A little bit of sunshine does you good! So now the UK is in virtual lockdown. “Am I bovvered?” Not a bit. Did a bit of gardening this morning planting out the onions I’d pre sprouted, reorganised the larder shelves and had a long chat with my best friend in Kathmandu. Now, sitting in the … Continue reading Still keeping calm and carrying on!

Black wine is back, Cahors


A useful post reminding us all that there is much more to explore beyond Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, or Napa, Marlborough and Burgundy. Cahors is within a beautifully diverse region of France, Occitanie, and deserves exploration directly or indirectly from their wines.

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In 2014 we traveled to Montpellier, France to attend the organic wine fair Millesime Bio. Planning ahead, various samples from leading Cahors estates who did not participate in the show, were sent to the hotel. This mission was quickly set back after tasting the traditionally-made Black Wine from Malbec after breakfast. The nose was not giving and gritty tannins reduced the enjoyment of the young wines to zero. Thoughts were how long would one need to wait for them to mature and display the characteristic undergrowth and plum aromas? Never, ever? These wines do progress glacially.

At the fair we were luckily offered an altogether different experience with many producers using different winemaking techniques to soften the tannins and making wines earlier fleshier. Meeting Daniel Fournié and tasting his wines we quickly realized these will offer more in the glass than most Bordeaux at the same price.

Daniel and Cathy followed a…

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