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

A family wine night!


Our daughter’s birthday, fine wine, a brilliant charcuterie, a home made wine quiz, a barrel of laughs. The pictures tell it all, apart from the morning headaches! 1. Get ready 2. The birthday girl 3. The charcuterie 4. The wine quiz 5. She’s raiding my wine chiller! Wines enjoyed, Cremant de Loire, Cuvee Flamme; Savennières … Continue reading A family wine night!

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.