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

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.

From wine bluff to wine judge-The icing on the cake!


It’s been a heck of a year in my personal wine calendar! First, I made it to membership of the Wine Century Club having tasted wines from 100+ different grapes. Then I converted our travel blog into one focusing exclusively on wine .... tasting, travels, philosophy. Third, I began my Wines 101 Bucket List and … Continue reading From wine bluff to wine judge-The icing on the cake!

Simplify wine tasting notes without the salad bingo!


I am constantly baffled by wine tasting notes I come across written either by professional wine tasters or by well meaning bloggers who write a post about a wine they have just drunk! Both types of writer seem to want to indulge themselves in a kind of Fruit Salad Bingo where you get to win … Continue reading Simplify wine tasting notes without the salad bingo!