Tag Archives: travel

Essence of the Rheingau

Regular readers of this blog will know that with my focus on blind tasting, I like to get to the bottom of ‘what makes a wine a wine’ and how a particular region is expressed in the wines that come … Continue reading

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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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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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Oxford Triumph in International Tasting Final!

It had been a long time coming. The Pol Roger International Tasting Trophy has been fought over by the best of England and France in an epic blind tasting of French wines since 2003. The winning team of the Oxford-Cambridge … Continue reading

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Orange – Genuine Cool Climate in Australia

Orange is not a place I would have visited in Australia had it not been for this trip. Tucked away in inland New South Wales, several hours drive from Sydney beyond the Blue Mountains, it is certainly not yet on … Continue reading

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Robert Oatley Signature Series

The University Wine Champions Australia trip started off in incredible style with a cruise around Sydney Harbour courtesy of Robert Oatley Vineyards. As well as wine, Robert Oatley is well-known for yachting endeavours. Wild Oats XI – Robert Oatley’s racing … Continue reading

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Return from Australia

It’s been a bit quiet over the last month, I know. I’ve just returned from a trip around Australia courtesy of the Oxford blind tasting team’s winning performance in Wine Australia’s University Wine Champions Competition. As advertised, it really was … Continue reading

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