Wine Trips Archive

Rule Britannia

On hearing that you work in the wine trade, a very frequent question posed is what is the best wine you have consumed? For me the answer has always been the same, it is not just about the wine, but the wine and the occasion. My fondest wine memories have...
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Domaine de la Romanee Conti 2012s – a biased opinion…

On 15th January 2015 we met other Domaine de la Romanee-Conti agents from around the world in Vosne-Romanee to taste the 2012 vintage from bottle. With 1 hour in the glass beforehand on the second morning, the wines were ready to taste... DRC 2012s I have not commented on the colours here for...
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Dominio de Pingus trip 2014

Peter Sisseck is experimental and innovative; a man who just never considers resting on his laurels. These sort of sentiments are often thrown around like confetti in the wine industry but in the case of Peter they are wholly accurate. A recent trip to Dominio de Pingus showed me first...
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Bordeaux Days 5 & 6 – Right Bank – Saint-Émilion and Pomerol

Our last two days were spent on the right bank. Friday started off rather grey and gloomy but with a cracker of a schedule. There is a palpable sense of achievement in the bus that we have now tasted a lot of wines and are at the business end of...
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Bordeaux Day 4 – St Estephe, Joanne, Carmes Haut-Brion

Rain. It started last night at dinner - we were unprepared and got mercilessly drenched on the walk home. This morning is a little better, in a drizzly, foggy sort of way. The new tour bus game is spotting vineyard workers rising eerily from the mist as we drive past. Another...
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Bordeaux Day 3 – UGCs, Phelan Segur, Haut-Brion, Mission Haut-Brion

Having been consistently late yesterday, we have turned over a new leaf and were so early for the St Julien Union des Grands Crus tasting that they were still setting up when we arrived. There is a distinct nip in the spring air today, but it started sunny and crisp...
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Bordeaux Day 2 – Pauillac, Margaux, Sauternes (mostly)

Just as we were dozily watching the sun come up over the Medoc from the comfort of our executive VW minibus, we hit traffic. Someone had gone off one of the notoriously narrow Medoc back roads into a ditch. Fortunately the pompiers were on hand and the only damage appeared...
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Tasting and dinner with Roberto Conterno of Cantina Giacomo Conterno

For the last three years it has been a real privilege to travel out to Piedmont and taste with Roberto Conterno of Cantina Giacomo Conterno, in many ways my favourite estate in the world of wine, not that one needs to have a favourite. I look forward to it like...
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Bordeaux 2012 – First Impressions

This one might well just fly.... The Growing Season: Contrary to popular belief, especially for those who stayed in the UK in 2012, there was in fact a very good growing season; with virtually no rain mid-June to mid-September. Having said that, there was a month or two of rain preceding this,...
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Team Hong Kong in France – Mitjavile and Moueix Etablissements

With the Rhône and Burgundy leg behind us now, all that was left was Bordeaux. The Rhône and Burgundy were absolutely amazing, but there is always a place in my heart for Bordeaux, so the final part of our journey was like being re-united with an old friend! We had left...
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