bourgogne rouge 2012 domaine sylvain pataille

Burgundy produces some of the most sublime wines in the world.   That is an uncontestable fact.   What is also equally true is that the entry level wines from many producers frankly fail to live up to those lofty heights.  Given that in many cases, the grapes that make up such wines are those from the least […]

London Cru Cabernet Sauvignon

So we have family over from London and knowing them to like the place very much, what better than to treat them to a familiar wine, made within the City.   Well OK, fast forward 30+ years to when global warming has seen vines planted the length of Regents Park and perhaps that might seem like a […]

Bordeaux 2013 en primeur

In what is something of a trend of my last two Bordeaux en primeur reviews, this is another year that I approached without a skip in my step. Another so-so year, nothing to get too excited about, the sort that makes 2011 seem positively ebullient.    But as another stepping stone in my wine education, tasting […]

Burgundy 2012 en primeur

So at last I can write about the Burgundy 2012 en primeur having placed my wine order.  Just in case any of you have been waiting for my blog post to rush out and buy too, here are my thoughts on the vintage.   This is definitely a vintage for the enthusiast and for a number of reasons.   Firstly, […]

Vineyard Visit – Ridge Vineyards, California

In the same postal town that Apple have refined the process turning complex personal electronics in to objects of simple desire, there is a winemaker who turns simple grapes in to complex objects of desire.   But that’s where the rather strained analogy ends.  While Apple glistens in the middle of downtown Cupertino, Ridge vineyards are […]

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Avery’s Pomerol Seduction

It’s not often as a mere enthusiastic punter that you get to taste two wines side by side from leading producers but this evening promised that opportunity eight times over.   Pomerol is one of the few French high end AOCs that does not classify its producers.   All of these wines were thus notionally equal, though […]

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Vincent Arroyo Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa, 2006

My memories of visiting the winery near Calistoga at hte Northern end of Napa are beginning to fade into sepia fondness. What is still clear is how different the winery was from many of those around. None of the slick wine bar like tasting rooms. None of the $15 mini-flights with effusive tasting notes. Instead […]

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An appeal

The internet seems to have lost one of my posts.   Specifically, the one about the Wine Society tasting in Bath.   Should any of you be saving an RSS feed of my website, could you send it me in an email.   Many thanks!

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Camel Valley, Bacchus Dry 2013

Mrs BV and I have mused on the idea of retiring to foreign climes to tend vines in our old age.   But that seems a long way off and the prospect of experimenting in England first seems closer at hand.   To this end, we decide to embark on a process of seeing what sort of […]

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Recent highlights

It’s been a while since my last post and, while I ho-hum over whether to brave the Bordeaux 2013 en primeur tasting, what better time than to sum up some of the more reasonably priced wines that have passed my lips. First up, the reward for being a good Uncle and babysitting my nephew.   A […]

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Burgundy 2012 en primeur – red

So to the reds.  As noted above, we lacked the time to really make a good sweep of all that was on offer but what follows is a roundup of what we liked the most on the night.  Looking back at my notes, there is an interesting mix in the reds between those who sought […]

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