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There are many Rioja bodegas with the vaunted title Marqués in their name – Riscal, Cacéres, Concordia inter alia. In the UK, those of …

So, the official ‘first wine’ from the Second Optimor Wine Club case! Savennières was chosen to represent the Loire Valley and Chenin Blanc, and …

My first Bordeaux from the lauded 2000 vintage. Jean-Luc Thunevin’s wines have recently been criticised for being “too short-lived” for ‘proper’ Bordeaux. Well, I’d …

Well this was the highlight of an otherwise poor pre-conference dinner in (of all places!) Milan. Unfortunately it didn’t match too well to the …

When I was young (10-12) Ridge wines were the first Cali wines I knowingly saw in UK, so I assumed that this was how …

Oddbins had 3 Meursaults on sale so I went for the 2000. Hmmm. Once again I find myself underwhelmed by a Meursault. A glass …

So, the day after Princess’ wedding, recovering with a whole roast pig (!), and as the dregs drifted away, the hard core of family …

Recommended to me by the guy in The Corkscrew near Grafton Street, as something different. Opened up after a day, so I’d say needs …

Another wine courtesy of Steve Otterburn. I still haven’t had The Dead Arm Shiraz for which d’Arenberg is most renowned, but this is a …

At last, a nice Barolo. Brought over by Steve Otterburn for Christmas Eve. Barolo is supposed to smell of violets, and this certainly had …