Month: March, 2009

Vintage Port…and a possible declaration!

Last month I attended a tutored tasting of Vintage Ports at our St James’s Street Cellars, kindly hosted by Johnny and Paul Symington. The wines ranged from the still very youthful (1994, 1997, 2000, 2003) to the mature and very distinguished (1945, 1955, 1963, 1966 & 1970) via those vintages in between (1977, 1983 & […]

‘E proprio cosi’ (‘It’s really like that’)

Week two of wine adventures in Piedmont  After what was, let’s be honest, a shaky start, I had a hunch things were about to change for the better when I received that call from Davide Rosso (my adopted fratello) as I made my way ‘home’ after a weekend in England. It was approaching midnight and I […]

Dinner with Frog’s Leap

Lying in a patch of heaven on Napa’s prime Rutherford Bench is John Williams’ Frog’s Leap winery; an oasis of viticultural life; an island of humility & fine wine, but not a frog in sight!  We were lucky enough to have John come to Berrys to tell his story over dinner; of how, in the […]

Rhône Revelation

When you have been doing this for as long as I have, to find a brand new wine that blows your socks off is a rare event but to find an entire region that does that not only in red but white, it’s almost like finding another limb you didn’t know you had. It’s brilliant! […]