WSET Level 3 Exam Tips

By Adrian | 18/05/2022

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…

de Bortoli VAT 5 Botrytis Semillon 2017 – Wine of the Month January 2022

By Adrian | 06/03/2022

It’s amazing how often people say they are not keen on sweet wines yet whenever I include one in a tasting it generally gets well received. This wine was a favourite at a recent tasting and shows you don’t have to pay Sauternes prices to get a good one. A tasting note with aromas of…

Russian Vodka

By Adrian | 01/03/2022

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…

Bordeaux: Up For Discussion

By Adrian | 25/02/2022

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…

Harper’s Top 50 Independent Wine Merchants

By Adrian | 11/09/2021

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…

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

By Adrian | 09/08/2021

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…

Wines from Spain Annual Tasting 2021

By Adrian | 09/08/2021

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…

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

By Adrian | 21/06/2021

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…

Highlights of LWF 2021 – Kleine Zalze Cellar Selection Chenin Blanc 2020

By Adrian | 20/06/2021

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. From bush vines grown in the Coastal region this dry, pale chenin blanc had aromas of pear, apple and pineapple. …

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

By Adrian | 20/06/2021

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,…