Postcards from the Rhône

After another en primeur tasting visit, we ask well-versed Rhône expert Matt Walls for his advice on where to eat, drink and sleep in this wide-ranging French appellation Every year I produce an in-depth report on the new Rhône vintage, so I spend two weeks tasting over a thousand wines and visiting dozens of estates. […]

Notes from the vineyard: blending

At this time of year, the main focus in the winery at Nyetimber is on blending and preparing the 2017 harvest wines for bottling. Winemaker Brad Greatrix talks us through the process Blending is a fascinating and exciting process, one where the wines literally come to life. It’s cliché to talk about this as creating a […]

Notes from the vineyard: hitting the base (wines)

The work never stops for a winemaker: just as the New Year gets underway, Nyetimber’s Brad Greatrix is busy tasting through the 2017 base wines, considering their potential The first week back in January is one of the most exciting times of the year (we start well at Nyetimber!). This is because the base wines […]

“In Vino Veritas?” by Allan Massie

“In vino veritas”: sometimes no doubt, but Forbes had been told too many lies and tall stories in too many bars – and told such himself in his heavy-drinking years – to take the old adage seriously. Nevertheless a coin has two sides, and just because someone is deep in liquor doesn’t mean he is […]