Category: Old World

‘German? It must be sweet – I won’t like it…’

Many wine-drinkers make this leap – and miss some stunning wines. Modern German wines range from dry and appetising to gloriously sweet… but which is which? In an extract from our new book, Exploring & Tasting Wine: A wine course with digressions, Catriona Felstead MW reveals all. Knowing what’s in a tall, elegant Alsace or […]

Beyond Bordeaux: nay

In response to yesterday’s post claiming that exploration is essential to the enjoyment of wine, Peter Newton considers the limits of discovery, suggesting that one should stick to the unswerving staples of a cellar. Let’s start with a fundamental truth: life is too short to drink bad wine. I could almost end my argument there, […]

Beyond Bordeaux: yea

This month two members of our Fine Wine team battle it out over whether one should seek the comfort of classic regions, or – as Martyn Rolph argues here – constantly push ones vinous boundaries in search of something new. As Forrest Gump once said – or at least Tom Hanks in an amicable southern […]

A triptych from the Languedoc

Matthew Jones – Account Manager for our wholesale wing Fields, Morris & Verdin – recounts a three-day trip to the under-appreciated Languedoc, visiting three of the region’s most artful producers. Jancis Robinson, in her Oxford Companion to Wine, describes the Languedoc-Roussillon as “France’s best value region, and certainly its most important in terms of volume”. […]