PLONK

I’ve recently discovered, courtesy of Richard Hemming’s blog, a wonderful little Australian TV comedy called Plonk. Essentially, three guys set out to make a wine show and end up destroying everything in the process. Its a wonderful satire on media and wine culture, with some wonderful cameos from some of Australia’s leading winemakers. It’s actually … More PLONK

Tasting the Cote Challonaise: The wines of A&P de Villaine

Most serious wine drinkers (especially Burgundy lovers like myself) will know of Domaine Romanee Conti, or DRC. Domaine Romanee Conti makes some of the most sought after and greatest wines in the world (and hence some of the most expensive). This is because of a combination of history and great terroir: DRC owns vines in … More Tasting the Cote Challonaise: The wines of A&P de Villaine

A Crash-course in Champagne: IMW Champagne Tasting 2015

A few weeks ago, I attended the Institute of Masters of Wine’s annual Champagne Tasting in San Francisco. Over 100 different Champagnes, from blanc de blancs to zero-dosage to vintage blends from the grande marques and grower producers were poured and tasted in a little over two hours. This was only the second large-scale tasting … More A Crash-course in Champagne: IMW Champagne Tasting 2015