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New App: Value for Money Wines

  We have developed a new Wine App to save anxiety and money when choosing a wine in a shop or restaurant. The Value for Money Wines App will compare the price you are being asked to pay for the wine against the value criteria established in Wine behind the label. A completely free version is now available to download, for both IOS […]

Sushi of Smoked Salmon and Oysters in Guinness and Soya

Now we are moving into official summer days, it’s time to think about something refreshing to kick off lunch or dinner. Fortunately oysters are available all year round now and this dish is not dependent on any nuances as to where the oysters come from. This is a recipe invented by Sonia in 1993 at […]

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Oregon & Washington State Wines – Part 2

Rather belated, this is the second part of our review from the latest annual tasting of wines from the Pacific North West. This second part focuses on a small round up of new winery and selected wine discoveries from Washington State. As I mentioned in the Oregon review the wines from these wineries will be […]


Cher Monsieur Moore, cher Monsieur Blech, Je vous remercie tout particulièrement de l’intérêt porté à notre concours international de livres sur la Vigne et le Vin, et la confiance que vous avez accordée au Jury spécialisé de l’Organisation Internationale de la Vigne et du Vin. J’ai l’immense plaisir de vous annoncer que le Jury 2016 […]

For The Most Decadent Dessert, Pour These 3 Wines Over Vanilla Ice Cream

If you ever entertain, or even might entertain, here’s a tip for dessert: keep some sweet wine around so you don’t have to actually exert yourself. Just drizzle one of these “stickies” over vanilla ice cream and you are done. If you wanna get fancy, serve it in a martini glass. Or even make it […]

Switchback Ridge Wines Napa Valley

The small Peterson Ranch in the north-eastern part of the Napa Valley now has 8 ha (20 acres) under vine planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petite Sirah. Finely-drained rocky soils produce naturally low-yielding grapes of impressive flavour intensity. Only estate-grown fruit is used and winemaking is in the hands of Robert Foley, who also […]

Storybook Mountain Wines Napa Valley

This is a Zinfandel-only winery and a very good one, located on the red clay and loam slopes of the Mayacamas. The estate vineyards surrounding the property were originally planted in the 1880s and these hillside plots continue to show the potential of the variety. Insecticides and herbicides are avoided and the wine is vinified […]

Charles Melton Wines Barossa Valley

Charlie Melton is one of the saviours of Australian Shiraz along with Rocky O’Callaghan (ROCKFORD), Bob McLean (ST HALLETT) and others. In the late 1980s and early 90s he produced wines of such character and richness from dry-farmed (unirrigated) Barossa old-vine fruit that it rescued the grape from the also-ran category assigned to it in […]

Kalleske Wines Barossa Valley

This is a relatively new Barossa enterprise but with a deep heritage of grape growing near Greenock. Troy Kalleske working with his brother Tony only made the first wines in 2004 (previously the grapes were sold to the likes of Penfolds) but has already made a huge impact with the quality of the wines. Certified […]

Henschke Wines Eden Valley

In the mid-to-late 1980s many of these fabulous reds could be bought for a song but eventually the rest of the world got to taste them and this, added to the explosion in wine prices in the 90s, now usually means making do with something cheaper. Since 1979, Stephen Henschke has been fine-tuning these already […]

Gemtree Wines McLaren Vale

The Buttery family have more than 130 ha of vines and have been grape growers since 1980 if only producing their own range of wines since 1998. A 10 ha wetlands project was also initiated in the same year. Since 2008, the entire estate has been farmed biodynamically by viticulturalist Melissa Buttery whose winemaker husband […]

John Duval Wines Barossa Valley

After 29 years at PENFOLDS, during which time he was Chief Wine Maker for 16 years, John Duval struck out on his own in 2003. Unsurprisingly for the man who made Grange for many years, old vine Barossa Valley Shiraz is at the heart of what he does. However, Duval is not seeking to recreate […]

Dutschke Wines Barossa Valley

Shiraz is the thrust of this operation for wines made by Wayne Dutschke from vines belonging to his uncle, Ken Semmler. St Jakobi, with an almost coconutty American-oak influence (60%), displays a deep fruit succulence and plenty of extract. Although oaky it has depth and character and deserves to be judged with 5 years’ bottle […]

Grant Burge Wines Barossa Valley

Grant Burge has an impressive resource of 200 ha from which to make top Barossa wines. Nearly all are now prefixed with a vineyard name and are made in the recently reacquired old Krondorf winery. Shiraz is naturally the strongest hand, starting with a sweet-fruited Miamba, progressing to a fuller, richer, oaky but characterful Filsell, […]

Tim Adams Wines Clare Valley

This is a brilliant Clare Valley producer with marvellously consistent reds and whites of great depth and character. Aberfeldy, the top red, has a certain elegance as well as masses of fruit and American oak, in which it spends the best part of two years. The Fergus takes its name from a grower who first […]

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