Posts Tagged Syrah


A Navarra Ending Story


Before I went to a recent Wines of Navarra tasting, my thoughts were as follows: wines from this region are approachable, made primarily from Garnacha (Grenache) and Tempranillo, and great value compared to neighbouring Rioja. Oh, and they make a lot of rosado (rosé).

Circling the tables in London’s bijou Bar Pepito, though, I felt a lot less confident about summing up Navarra’s wines so neatly. (more…)

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Malbec And Me – The Return


A short while back, I said I was a bit “meh” about Argentinian Malbec.

I wouldn’t kick it out of my house – but I wouldn’t have it as my desert island wine either. Powerful and intense, it would bore me to tears after a few days.

However, a little chink in my armour might have appeared, thanks to a lunch organised by CyT UK – Concha Y Toro’s UK arm – to promote Malbecs from its Argentinian brand Trivento. (more…)

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Go Ahead – Make My Wine


Nicole Rolet is living the dream.  Specifically, she’s living my dream.

Owning a vineyard in a gorgeous, sunny location. Living in a centuries-old stunning house. Producing beautiful award-winning wines.

But hearing Nicole tell the story of getting Chêne Bleu wines up and running,  it’s clear this hasn’t all been rainbows and unicorns. (more…)

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Good, Honest Wine


Good, straightforward, honest wine. Sometimes that’s all you want. No great complexity, but goes well with food. The sort of wine you can imagine buying on holiday to go with a supper made from food bought at the local market. (more…)

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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…)

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Let’s All Get Naked


Just before Christmas, I bought another pair of gloves – to replace the two pairs I’d lost within the week. At the shop till, there were vouchers for Naked Wines offering £40 off a case (I think). Anyway, good enough to tempt me to go online and finally order from Naked Wines. Except I didn’t. (more…)

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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…)

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A Flight Around Hawke’s Bay


Every road trip needs some downtime. Our downtime on our two-week jaunt through a large swathe of New Zealand was in Hawke’s Bay. To be honest, the real reason we stopped there was to visit the art deco city of Napier, a place I’ve always wanted to see. Calling in at wineries played second fiddle. Oh, except we stayed on one. We rented a tiny studio from Te Mata with a wrap-around deck overlooking the vines. And a handy decanter. (more…)

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Caravan Of Lovely Wine


Reaching Man O’War vineyard’s cellar door on New Zealand’s Waiheke Island takes some dedication. The unmade road that takes you there is not for the fainthearted, with its sharp drops, steep climbs and tight bends. And it seemed a lot longer than the 4km advertised at the turning into this road. (more…)

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Natural Born Thrillers


For most people, Christmas Day is all about the food. For me (surprise!) it’s all about the wine. This year, the star of the show will be a 2001 Herzog ‘Spirit of Marlborough‘, a smooth mocha, cassis, liquorice and Agen prune-tasting Merlot Cabernet blend. It shouldn’t overpower a gamey, slow-reared Turkey with a punchy stuffing. But if it does, do I really care? (more…)

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