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

How to REALLY pair wine with food?


Would you drink a glass of Sauvignon Blanc while eating an orange? Or while eating salted chips? These two questions arose as I was reading a few extracts from the book This is Not a Wine Guide, by Chris Morrison which describes some wine-food pairings on the basis of things like Acid + Acid, Acid … Continue reading How to REALLY pair wine with food?

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!

A Chablis wine tasting with a Flying Winemaker!


Arriving in a wine region for a holiday is usually shrouded in such anticipation that wine tastings begin before unpacking our cases in our hotel! And so it was in Chablis a couple of days ago, check in, drop off bags, out the front door, turn right and onwards to Domaine des Malandes where I … Continue reading A Chablis wine tasting with a Flying Winemaker!

Friday is International Sauvignon Blanc Day!


Did you know that Friday, 4th May, is International Sauvignon Blanc Day? As far as I know it’s a day driven by the New Zealand wine industry to promote as well as celebrate, but of course Sauvignon Blanc is grown around the world. In Marlborough specifically they will be having many events, and there’s one … Continue reading Friday is International Sauvignon Blanc Day!