Tasting the wines of the Languedoc-Roussillon – Decanter

After spending a week in Montpellier in the summer I have developed a real love for the wines from this region and when I heard that Decanter where having a Languedoc-Roussillon tasting as part of their Fine Wine Encounter I couldn’t wait to go. The Languedoc-Roussillon wine region is rugged, hot and dusty but also has great…

Love Wine Festival Bristol

Over the next week I will be visiting the Decanter Great Italian Fine Wine Encounter, the RAW Wine Fair and the London International Wine Fair – that’s a lot of wine to taste.  So when the opportunity arose to visit a small wine event in Bristol with less than thirty companies I jumped at the…

Denbies Wine Estate

On a very miserable Bank holiday weekend what better thing to do than head to a vineyard in Surrey and drink wine.  So we headed to Denbies in Dorking and did just that and I was quite surprised when we arrived, not just at the size of the estate, but also by the amount of…

My first year in wine

If you had asked me this time last year what the grapes in champagne were or to name which region and a left and right bank, I would have looked at you quite blankly.  Then in June it all changed.  At the time I was writing a food blog and wanted to improve the way…

Visit to Three Choirs Vineyards

With the increasing popularity of English wines (particularly the sparkling kind), Three Choirs Vineyards are leading the way in choice, expertise and quality. On a crisp November afternoon I visited the vineyard in Newent, Gloucestershire, and was surprised by the scale of the enterprise.  Alongside the vineyard, there is also a restaurant, tasting facilities and…

The Wine Show 2011 – London Olympia

After scoffing a lot of food downstairs at the MasterChef Live event we finally decided that we had better tear ourselves away and go upstairs for the reason we had come to London – The Wine Show 2011.  The entrance to the show was being guarded by several burly looking men in dark suits –…

WSET Level 2 – a commute too far?

With WSET level 1 successfully completed I decided that I should carry on my wine education with level 2 – and I was feeling slightly cocky with my new found wine ‘knowledge’.  That was until the study pack thudded through my door early one morning – soil types, climates, viticulture, PDO, vinification – all to…

WSET Level 1 – A hot day learning in the city.

On a particularly hot day in June I stepped out of the particularly hot tube station and map in hand spent the next half hour trying to find the Wine and Spirit Education Trust offices.  After asking the only police officer in London who didn’t know the area and walking around in a big circle…