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Full-flavour and pretty concentrated wine that made easy drinking – if a little short (only medium length overall). Deep black-garnet colour, with some bricking …

The premium cuvée of Hauterive le Haut in Corbières and another great piece of value-for-money winemaking. This has an extra layer of complexity, coupled …

An unusual vertical tasting this: of 3 vintages of Chimay Bleu 33cl Trappist ales! This was made possible by a visit to the Chimay …

Product of my first visit to Napa Valley, and Diageo’s vineyards’ VIP Experiences… and the staff discounts! They made this a good-value Chardonnay from …

So, 2 benchmark Zinfandels on the same page! Both from my San Francisco trip, and visited both wineries, but they’d run out of this …

[On label: To Tim the label nut! David Rafanelli] [On book: Salute and Bona Fortuna. David A. Rafanelli] Visiting Rafanelli was great fun, because …

Wow! A really, very pleasant surprise. Also bought from Tracey’s Mum’s place near Nahant, where the guy had described it as a eucalyptus-style classic …

From a “not great”, early maturing year in Côteaux du Layon, this is excellent VFM. Bought at the producer’s hard-to-find vineyard shop on an …

A disappointing wine, because it lacked the freshness and zip of a good quality Sauvignon Blanc. This may be a style issue, since this …

In spite of its 10 year age, still had a strong enough fruit core and sufficient tannin to age further (and possibly improve, but …