Escorihuela Gascón 2018 – Meg & Familia Gascón.

I’m always looking to expand my knowledge of Argentine wine. It excites me. It’s rare that I’m left disappointed with a bottle and I think the diversity of the growing conditions from Salta in the north to Patagonia in the south make for some truly interesting and distinctive delights. Tonight I’m tasting a couple of…

Domaine Du Seuil 2017 (Red) & 2019 (White)

Ahh, what a pleasure it is to escape the dreary confines of the current surroundings and head to beautiful Bordeaux for this evening’s wines. Well, mentally anyway. I’m tasting Domaine Du Seuil. Background Based in the southern end of Bordeaux’s Entre-Deux-Mers, on the right bank of the Garonne River, Nicola and Sean Allison’s Chateau Seuil…

Album: Mansun – The Dead Flowers Reject (Released 29/08/20)

2020 has been a year of very few certainties but there was no doubt in my mind that the first instalment of this year’s ‘Record Store Day’ on the 29th August would provide something very special indeed; ‘The Dead Flowers Reject’ by ‘Brit Pop pioneers’ Mansun (a term I loathe as I feel it undermines…

Tasting: Bodegas Carrau – Tannat 2018 & Petit Manseng 2018

I was excited to try these two Uruguayan wines, produced by Bodegas Carrau. Whilst I have previously enjoyed several Tannats from the country, I have been keen to explore them further and my experience of Petit Manseng extends only to its contribution in French blends so it was interesting to experience a varietal example from…

Tasting: Dehesa La Granja 2012 & El Vinculo Crianza 2015

I was fortunate enough to attend a tasting of Alejandro Fernández wines at Fine Wines Direct (Cardiff) previously and remember being very impressed by their complexity and longevity. Being some time ago, however, it almost feels like I’m tasting these for the first time this evening but with the knowledge that I’m definitely in for…

White Castle Vineyard (Llanvetherine) – 01/08/20

Just outside the town of Abergavenny in South Wales, in the little pocket of beauty that is Llanvetherine, lies the bucolic White Castle Vineyard. In the words of a friend, it’s a haven of tranquility. Owned by husband and wife, Robb and Nicola Merchant, its first vines were planted in 2009 and it has garnered…


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