Category: Miscellaneous

The André Ostertag tasting at Berrys’: Alsace’s Alchemist turns water into wine!

Believe me, I’ve never witnessed a tasting room reduced to such stunned silence. The 30 guests attending André’s two-hour Alsace masterclass in Berrys’ Pickering Cellar on Thursday sat glued to their seats even for an extra ten minutes after the session finished, open-mouthed, as if begging for more. The Alchemist of Alsace, André Ostertag, had […]

Where is the heart?! What makes a great wine

Last Thursday I was moseying my way along Regent Street in a rather good mood, as I was on way to Mark Hix’s brand new restaurant on Brewer St., Soho. I was pretty confident the food was going to be tip-top and was also pretty happy with myself about the wine in my bag to […]

‘Mullineux Wines, South Africa, visit Piedmont’s finest, Italy’

Back in early October I was treated to a visit from one of South Africa’s bright young gems, Mullineux Wines, Swartland: Chris, Andrea and their first born John (‘JZ’). This is their account.   After a somewhat long and difficult trip from Amsterdam (visa issues- it’s not easy travelling as a South African sometimes!), my […]

Nicolas Potel comes to Basingstoke

Here in Basingstoke we are lucky enough to receive a host of prominent visitors and today was the turn of the amiable Nicolas Potel, who came to talk to us about his wines (some from Maison Potel – mainly the ’06s, and lots of ’07s from his private venture, Domaine Potel), as well as the […]