Archive for July, 2012

Qawc’s corks – Roero Arneis

Posted on: July 25th, 2012 by Andrew No Comments

This is the inaugural tasting in what what I hope will become a regular feature on the blog which I will be asking you to contribute your tasting notes on wines you have tasted whether from Quantock Abbey or not. We will publish (suitably accredited) any tastings that we think will enliven this section, so please email me with your suggestions. ( The more esoteric the better but an opinion on Blossom Hill could also be welcome.)

Meanwhile as this is my blog I get first dibs so to speak and will continue to post this column regardless of third party input as I have tasted a lot of wines over the years and some of them are worth writing about. Finally, I realise that corks are becoming a bit of an anachronism but I use the term loosely to include any closure or indeed packaging type ( Wine in tetrapak anyone?) (more…)

Whats in a name? Grignan des Adhemar 2009 Vignerons D’Ardechois.

Posted on: July 9th, 2012 by Andrew 2 Comments

From the 2009 Vintage, Rhône sub-region Côteaux de Tricastin has been renamed Grignan des Adhemar.


Quite.  From one unpronounceable French word to another even more unpronounceable one. If the powers that be that organise these things had half an eye on the export market I would be very surprised. After all – even the man from whom I ultimately buy the stuff, the estimable Pascal Beylier from the Vignerons D’Ardechois was scathing about the namechange. He knows how the Frenchness of wine names gets a lot of monoglot English  running for the New World where most things are in English. (more…)

Dorset Fizz – Langham, the new kid on the block

Posted on: July 7th, 2012 by Andrew No Comments

Last night saw me at a select gathering at Crawthorne Farm, near Dorchester to taste a selection of cuvee’s of Dorset’s latest fizz, Langham Estates Blanc de Noir.

About a dozen people assembled to try out the new wine with differing dosage levels, so that winemaker Chris could get a handle on the most “commercial” level to go for. (more…)

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