Tag Archives: Cabernet Sauvignon

Regional Food and Wine Pairing in South Australia

Readers of this blog will know I have a lot of respect for Australian wines. While the image of Aussie wines in the UK is often associated with bottom-of-the-barrel supermarket specials, the country produces quite incredible wines at all price … Continue reading

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Top 10 wine grapes

What are your top ten grape varieties? It’s an academic question but one that throws into focus why it is we like the wines we like. My consideration of the question is split into whites and reds available on the Rambling … Continue reading

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Oxford at the Left Bank Bordeaux Cup

At the end of June a team of blind tasters – Neel Burton, Henry Little and myself – travelled to Bordeaux to represent Oxford University in the Left Bank Bordeaux Cup. The LBBC (as it is affectionately known) is the … Continue reading

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Exploring the Margaret River

I’ve been most impressed with the Margaret River region in Western Australia. The region has a pleasant climate – much cooler than most of the rest of Australia at this time of year. There is beautiful scenery to be seen … Continue reading

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Interesting Western Australians

I’m currently in Perth, Western Australia, spending the Christmas break with my parents, who have recently moved here. I’m discovered some interesting, and unusual, wines that don’t really get out on the export market to the UK. First up is … Continue reading

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Sassicaia 1995 – one of the greats

Lafite, Latour, Margaux, Romanée-Conti, Yquem, Le Pin, Bollinger Vieilles Vignes Françaises. We’ve all heard of some of the famous names in the world of wine. Names and vintages that resound with perceived greatness, of inimitable experiences. Words that are whispered … Continue reading

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d’Armailhac 1999 & 2003

My notes on the claret from Pauillac, Château d’Armailhac, for the vintages 1999 and 2003. Tasted blind 13/5/11 as part of a Left Bank claret tasting. Château d’Armailhac 1999, Pauillac, Bordeaux. Medium-deep ruby in appearance, with a warm magenta rim; … Continue reading

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Oxford Blind Tasting Team Victorious at SPIT Competition

The end of April saw Oxford University send a team of three blind tasters to compete in the Sciences Po International Tasting (SPIT) Competition held at Maison Bollinger in Aÿ, Champagne. The competition was perfectly timed for an escape from … Continue reading

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Primum Familiae Vini – Part 2

“When you buy wine, don’t buy one bottle, buy six or twelve.” – Sound advice from Christophe Brunet, especially when it comes to these wines; if only your budget can stretch that far… Following a tour through Champagne, Burgundy, Tuscany … Continue reading

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Primum Familiae Vini – Part 1

“A good bottle of wine is an empty one” – Christophe Brunet Primum Familiae Vini (PFV) – Latin for “The First Families in Wine” – is an exclusive association of the greatest family-owned wineries in the world. Membership is restricted … Continue reading

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