Tag Archives: Syrah

Wine tasting in Waipara

About 45 minutes drive north of my hometown of Christchurch, NZ, lies the North Canterbury wine region of the Waipara Valley. The valley is nestled between the Teviotdale Hills, which shelter the region from the cool Pacific, and the foothills … Continue reading

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James Flewellen’s Top Wines of 2012

A recent post by my friend Tom Parker on his top wines of the last year inspired me to go through my notes to consider the same question. Wine tasting being the highly subjective and opinionated business that it is, … Continue reading

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A brief introduction to fine wine at Lincoln College

I recently presented a tasting for the Lincoln College graduate students. We covered three different white wines, three reds and a dessert wine, all tasted blind to begin with. Here’s a précis of some of the tasting information covered along … Continue reading

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Château La Nerthe – red wines

This post continues my account of a tasting presented by Christophe Bristiel of Château La Nerthe to the Oxford Wine Circle. We tasted three vintages of the Château La Nerthe Rouge – 2007, 1998 and 1986, classic vintages in three … Continue reading

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Château La Nerthe – white wines

As I mentioned in a previous post, we were privileged to host Christophe Bristiel from Château La Nerthe to the Wine Circle recently. While the highlight of the evening was certainly the exclusive Cuvée des Cadettes, made from Grenache vines … Continue reading

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It’s all in the vine

I recently attended a tasting at the Oxford Wine Circle presented by Christophe Bristiel from Château La Nerthe. La Nerthe is one of the foremost producers in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the famous appellation in the southern Rhône. Other than producing fantastic wine, … Continue reading

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Hilary Term “Grand Cru”

Recently we were treated to another fabulous “Grand Cru” tasting presented by Neel Burton. An Oxford Grand Cru tasting generally consists of wines from some of the finest producers out there, and if we’re lucky, these wines can have a … Continue reading

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