El Garbi Tinto, Terra Alta, Catalonia is from the southern Catalan highlands, a gorgeously expressive and silky interpretation of Garnacha in modern Pinot-of-the-south mould, with delightful fragrant lift and juicy energy coursing through a red-fruit palate. Discover more about El Garbi here.
Pitting wine against wine in order to come up with the perfect fifty. Kiwi winemaker Ben Glover and English Master of Wine Liam Steevenson have collaborated on a series of incredible wines under the SPOKE label. The vineyard ‘spoke’ and they both listened. Read ‘The Fifty Finest Wines 2022 Guide’.
How much effect does the label have on your decision to buy a wine? A fair bit, I’d imagine – and, despite being more concerned with the contents than the appearance of a bottle, the same applies to me as well.
Read Fiona Beckett’s article here.
With summer underway and social calendars filling up, elevate your next get-together with a sophisticated white wine that stands out from the crowd here.
Whether from Bordeaux or Marlborough, coastal wines are often crisper and fresher than their inland counterparts. A remarkable number of the world’s vineyards are positioned alongside the sea because, “the sea is a stabilising factor on temperature,” explains Mark Pygott MW. Read more.
Founding Editor of Waitrose & Partners Drinks magazine, journalist and wine writer Joanna Simons reviews Petite Immortelle. Read what Joanna had to say here.
Summer is the best time to discover the refreshing appeal of one of the world’s most drinkable styles. Discover more.
If you love the fruity-zingy style of Sauvignon Blanc there are many great, wallet-friendly buys to be found, from Marlborough and beyond. The Awatere Valley is slightly cooler than the rest of Marlborough, so this crisp and refreshing Sauvignon Blanc is more European in style than is most commonly seen from the region. Read more.
Mirabeau is not the only British operation in Provence. MAÏA Côtes de Provence, a Grenache dominated blend from a vineyard close to the sea, is a collaboration between two Masters of Wine, Liam Steevenson and Mark Pygott and again ticks all the right boxes. Read more.
The Wine Society
I’m sure many members will be familiar with the wines of New Zealander Ben Glover, the man behind Zephyr Wines. His latest exciting project incorporates not only his undoubted skills in the winery but aims to take the notion of sustainability beyond the winery gates in a collaboration with Vineyard Productions – Liam Steevenson MW. Read More.
The 2022 New Zealand New Release Tasting took place a couple of weeks ago, and 99 wines were on show. Some were indeed new and others not so, as you will see below, but it was a fascinating tasting, and I found 18 tremendous wines. These wines mentioned gained scores of 18/20 and higher in my notes. Read more.
A winemaking collaboration between Master of Wine Liam Steevenson and celebrated Hawke’s Bay winemaker, Rod McDonald, discover more.
“This is an excellent wine, made by an exceptional team led by one of the most interesting people in the world of wine” Claudio Martins, CEO of MWA. Read more.
Produced in Essex, one of England’s most reputed wine regions, in clay, gravel and sand soils, Libertine Brut Rosé is a sparkling wine of several crops (hence no vintage) that combines two noble varieties, Pinot Noir (60%) and Chardonnay (40%). Read more.