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California – Judgement Of Paris

In honour of the late Steven Spurrier we have put together a list of Californian wines: some that featured in his famous 1976 Judgement of Paris tasting where they outperformed their French counterparts, and some that didn’t but certainly benefited from the event.  Spurrier played a key role in the development of New World wines and particularly those …

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Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello

Russian Roulette

Opening a bottle of wine to discover it’s too old, too young, faulty, or worse, just distinctly average, is fairly irritating. But it shouldn’t put you off trying something new. We like to experiment and take risks with wine, that’s how we started out and we continue to open weird and wonderful bottles on an …

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spanna 1977

Starting Early

I don’t come from a family of wine drinkers. My father was in the Royal Navy and the extent of his drinking was one glass of Pusser’s Rum before bedtime each night.  My mother’s drinking stretched to a glass of Piesporter if we ever happened to find ourselves in a restaurant, and perhaps two glasses of …

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Vintage Krug

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