Archive for Tasting Notes


In The Mood For Priorat


So, the wine conversation goes like this.

“I fancy something fabulous to drink tonight,” says Mr. SipSwoosh (as if we never have anything even half decent in house to drink).

“What do you mean by ‘fabulous’?” I ask. (more…)

A Smooth, Dark Crowd-Pleaser


OK – so I’ve missed my chance to be Find Wine‘s very own critic. Blame it on the late arrival of the bottle to be reviewed for the competition, combined with my kitchen being ripped out.

However, I did eventually get to open One Chain’s The Opportunist Shiraz 2008, from Australia’s Limestone Coast.

(more…)

Summer Lovin’ From The Wine Society


As the impact of the new duty on wine sinks in, there was a timely reminder today of how you can still drink well within a budget – and not resort to supermarket “offers”. (more…)

Come To The Cabernet


After my little rant about a Rioja that was almost 100% Sauvignon Blanc, it’s nice to see a wine from the Penedès DO (denomination of origin) clearly marked as a varietal – a wine made primarily from one grape and carrying the name of said grape. In this case, it was a bottle of  Bodega Pinord’s Chateldon Reserva 2004. (more…)

Arneis, Arneis


As Victoria Moore recently wrote in her Saturday Telegraph wine column,  people are happy to fork out for perfume but not for a decent bottle of wine. (more…)

A Cote D’Or Delight


I’ve only just got round to drinking the Francois D’Allaines Saint-Aubin 1er Cru “Sur Gamay” 2006 I bought last year from The Wine Society.   (more…)

A Refreshing English White


Chapel Down Flint Dry 2009 is a great example of a well-made, well-priced English wine that easily outperforms most Sancerre and Chablis in a similar price range. (more…)