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A wine lover’s guide to Carmelo, Uruguay: Part 1 – Tranquility, Humility and Luxury

There's a moment                    – just one – when sand blends with water  in a repeated and constant movement. That moment, almost secret,                              almost soaring, gives birth at night to glow worms that... Continue Reading →


Pretentious Farming (a.k.a winemaking) in Hungary

For this edition of Wine Chats let's have a big round of applause for a rather pretentious farmer, Kevin Sallee. A biologist and all-round nature lover, Saint Kevin (read on, you'll work it out) makes beautiful wines in Hungary, and he's here to tell us all about himself, his wine, and his gorgeous vineyards... Wine... Continue Reading →

The Little Green Wine: Petit Verdot

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of sampling the rather nice Erdità blend from Clos de Chacras at my new favourite Buenos Aires wine bar. It's a wine dominated by two of this country's usual suspects, Malbec (50%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (35%). This is a common combination here in Argentina; the Malbec... Continue Reading →

Drink up! Hard truths about ageing wine

Now we're not committing any more heinous wine storage crimes it's time to talk about which wines you should and shouldn't be keeping. This is a topic which constantly comes up when I host wine tastings. The questions usually go something like this: "Does wine always improve with age?" "Is it dangerous to drink aged... Continue Reading →

Turning Wine into Water with Vin2o

It's usually Jesus who gets all the credit for turning water into wine, but what about doing things in reverse? For my second Wine Chat I met up with the inspiring Chris Coles who's trying to do just that for a very good cause. Chris' UK-based company Vin2o sells two Bordeaux blends to the on-trade and supports... Continue Reading →

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