April marked a welcome return to vineyard visits in France for me. I spent almost three weeks of April catching up with friends in Bergerac, the Southern Rhône and, at the end of April, Bordeaux: tasting wine where it is made, talking to growers and sharing wonderful meals. After two years of being unable to travel it was a delight to be in Bordeaux again for the circus that is en Primeur week.
Anyone who attended our very popular Spanish wine dinner earlier in the year will probably remember the 2014 Cedula Real Rioja Gran Reserva from Eguren Ugarte. It was a stand-out favourite on the night and we went through what we had brought along for the evening in a flash.
The Von Buhl winery is to be found in the village of Deidesheim - right at the heart of Pfalz, Germany's second-largest wine-growing region. The region is very much a continuation of Alsace, sitting in a similar rain shadow just to the east of the Haardt Mountains (what the Vosges turn into!
Just in time for our Spanish wine dinner, let's take a look at one of our favourite producers from the country!
We thought long and hard about who to choose as our December focus of the month - with so many wonderful wines coming from such great producers it was hard to pick one for this special time of year.
September always brings with it a general sense of new beginnings, and so this month we are focusing on some new wines that are due to arrive shortly with us at Brompton Wines. These wines come from Il Molino di Grace, right in the heart of the Chianti region.
Join Brompton Wine for a wonderful wine dinner on September 9th.
Most of our wine-loving customers have probably heard of Decanter magazine. While reading the August edition, we spotted a feature on the Adelaide Hills by wine writer David Sly, and we were thrilled to spot some wines from one of favourite Aussie producers, Michael Hall, coming out with stellar reviews.
Grand Cru Gewurztraminer, Grand Cru Riesling and some older Pinot Noirs – sensational wines!
This late but welcome warmth has finally prompted made me think about wines to be enjoyed in the summer - on warm, sunny days with salads, barbeques and fish. So here are some thoughts on refreshing rosés and rewarding reds, from regions you know and a few from off the beaten track...
For May we focus on an outstanding Tuscan producer, Aia Vecchia.
Normally at this time of the year I’m travelling quite a bit. I visit producers all over Europe to catch-up with old friends and taste their new vintages.
If you’re interested in the wines of the Loire or Anjou, there are worse places to start than with Château Soucherie.
Keen wine drinkers will probably be aware that South African wine producers have suffered particularly badly over the past year, and so it seemed like a good moment to draw attention to Mellasat, one of my favourite South African vineyards - and hopefully, soon to be one of yours too.