What’s On?

What’s new in the world of the UK wine industry?  Find out where I’m going or what’s pushing my buttons!

Event: Laithwaites Vintage Festival Tasting London

I’m heading back to this event on the 20th May following a fantastic visit last year. There’s a huge array of great wines available in the main area, and if the Fine Wine Room upgrade is half as good as it was last year, it will be nothing short of excellent.

The Ocelot: Latest Article now available

The May 2017 copy of The Ocelot is now available.  You can read my latest contribution here.

Event: Glass Of Bubbly Champagne & Sparkling Tasting & Summit London

8 guest speakers and over 70 producers from all over the sparkling world ensured that this was a fantastic event.

Event: Majestic showcase Wine Tasting

March 23rd saw the return of the showcase tastings to Majestic Newbury.

Books: Vertical – Passion & Pinot on the Oregon Wine Trail

The follow up novel to the smash hit wine film Sideways is having something of a renaissance this coming May and it is extremely funny indeed.  Having been re-edited and with a wider release planned, you can read my review here.

News: Aldi Wine Club Panel 13

The good news is that I am back on the Aldi wine Club Panel for their 13th session.  I will be putting in-depth reviews on this site as well as numerous tweets to highlight their range.

The first set of reviews can be found here.  This time around there is the extra excitement that the April delivery will include cheese allowing you to do something of a wine-food match.

Event: Gonzalez Byass Portfolio Tasting Day

I was very happy to attend this event in mid February, but sad that my phone died shortly afterwards deleting all of my numerous pictures of the event (save those I posted on Twitter).

In addition to the main stands from their wide array of producers (my favourites being Beronia and Wirra Wirra) there were masterclasses from Zind Humbrecht and Champagne Deutz.

News: Sainsburys now to sell Chinese Wine

Whilst doing my WSETs a little while ago I had to write a paper on the state of the Chinese wine market and the producer Changyu came up as a well respected and prolific name.

I’m extremely happy to hear that, as perhaps as a bit of a hangover from the Chinese New Year in January, they are now stocking 2 Chinese wines.  Awesome news and something I will be reviewing in full.

You can read my reviews of both the red blend and the Riesling here and I also recommended the wine on the Cuvée Reserve forum which you can access here.  Please join in with the forum to interact with like-minded wine lovers!

Event: Australia Day Tasting 2017 London

The 24th January saw the biggest Australian wine tasting outside of Oz.  My rundown of the event can be seen over several articles commencing here.

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