Grenache Gris Revelation

Outstanding. Unquestionably. After the initial pleasing shock at what I had just tasted had subsided, those were the words that first came to mind. But I’m getting ahead of myself.  Today I finally had the opportunity to open a smallish bottle (the far-too-seldom-seen half-litre size) of a wine that, despite being made with a grape […]

Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé

Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé in Zurich Another wonderful tasting in Zurich set up by Vinum magazine – this time together with the Association de Grands Crus Classés de Saint-Émilion, which counts 54 members of the 63 properties currently permitted to use the designation – 37 of which were presenting their vintages 2013 and 2014 at […]


Carignan, the blight of the south…or not? Come closer, friend…I would like to talk with you about a vilified grape known as Carignan. Or Cariñena. Carignane. Carignano. Or Samsó…well, sometimes. Sometimes Samsó is actually Cinsault (a grape probably best-known in Provence, particularly in rosés). Apparently, according to the seminal reference Wine Grapes (Harding, Robinson and […]

Miraval Rosé 2015

I love rosé, I always have and I’m not remotely ashamed to admit it. That being said, I certainly don’t like EVERY rosé that I try – lots of it is of very poor quality and not worth spending money on. Some of them simply aren’t to my taste (hello? New wood-ageing for a light, […]