Posts by Adrian

WSET Level 3 Exam Tips

Tasting If you believe a wine is simple make sure you write the word “simple” in both the nose and palate sections, it’s worth a mark Ensure you comment on all aspects of palate – sweetness, acidity, alcohol, body, finish and flavour characteristics; create a mnemonic to ensure you remember them all SAABFF so you…

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Russian Vodka

Ok so we don’t normally do politics, nor do we do spirits; however these are exceptional times. The Drinks Business recently posted an article on this subject, some of which is worth reproducing here. Amidst the Russian invasion of Ukraine, a movement to boycott Russian vodka in bars and shops has risen. The issues many…

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Bordeaux: Up For Discussion

The wines for this tasting were provided by L’Ecole du Vin de Bordeaux. If you are ever in the city I recommend their courses, many of which are held in English. The wines tasted were as follows: Cuvee Clemence 2020 – aromas of lemon and pineapple with some oak on the palate, although less on…

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Harper’s Top 50 Independent Wine Merchants

Congratulations to the following Sussex wine merchants who appeared in the Harper’s Top 50 Indies, together with the judges’ comments: THE BUTLERS WINE CELLAR This two-store merchant is as independently minded as they come. The Butlers team buy what they like, when they like, currently with a strong focus on Portugal and California, and sell…

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Oatley Leonora’s 2020 – Wine of the Month July 2021

This vineyard was a new one for me, and a new grape variety, discovered on a recent trip to Somerset. I agree with their description of the wine: Crisp, fresh, elegant, balanced.  Aromatic and fruity. English rose-garden scent, dry Riesling style. Great with seafood, salads and spicy dishes. 100% Kernling grape. Kernling is a Riesling crossing…

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Wines from Spain Annual Tasting 2021

This was the first in-person tasting I attended after lockdown restrictions were eased and Wines of Spain did a great job. The format was very different from previous years with no walk round, so unfortunately there was no opportunity to chat with growers and importers. We sat at a table with four tasting glasses and…

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English Wine Week – good to see English wine doing so well

According to Harpers sales of English and Welsh wines increased by around 30% in 2020 over the previous year, according to the latest industry figures released by Wine GB.  Sales in the past year had not only been boosted by the increasing thirst among Brits for home-grown wines, but also by a “boom” in wine…

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Highlights of LWF 2021 – Huneeus Wines Leviathan 2018 Napa / Sonoma

This year’s London Wine Fair was held virtually and tasting samples were distributed in small test tube like bottles.  It worked really well and they arrived in perfect condition.  This was one of my favourites. This is a blend of merlot, cabernet franc, syrah and petit syrah.  Very deep colour with intense aromas of cherry,…

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