A quick intro to Graves…
Every year, the two titans of Bordeaux – the Left Bank and Right Bank – lock swords in a battle for supremacy. Observing from the sidelines to the south is Graves, the gritty third wine region of Bordeaux, nonchalantly whittling a stick with its Swiss army knife. A less glamorous [...]
The UK is a nation of bargain hunters. There are more pound shops on Britain’s high streets than bookstores. When it comes to wine we’re no different; most of what we buy is on promotion. We may outwardly assert to the omniscient boffin on the Antiques Roadshow that of course we’d [...]
Often referred to as a single entity, the Rhône really consists of two distinct regions. The Northern Rhône is a long valley stretching north-south, its powerful, dark reds made from the spicy Syrah. Directly underneath lies the Southern Rhône, an expanse of plains and rolling hills where the plump, juicy Grenache is central [...]
Here are links to three recent articles I’ve written that appear elsewhere on the web.
Firstly, for timatkin.com, my 2012 Rhône Report – a 40-page, full colour PDF which highlights what to buy and what to avoid in this promising (if mixed) vintage. It took one month to produce and costs £12 to [...]
It’s OK, you can admit it. We’re all friends here. You don’t like Pinot Grigio, do you? To say so out loud feels a bit snobby, almost… grapist. But it seems even people who buy it aren’t that keen. Here are some typical quotes from a selection of casual drinkers I surveyed recently: [...]
Some wine regions make it easy for us, planting recognisable varieties such as Chardonnay, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc. Others, such as Saint Mont, are wilfully obscure. Glass of Arufiac, anyone?
The Saint Mont area takes its name from a tiny village in the foothills of the Pyrenees, one of a number that make up the [...]
Whenever I hear about a new graphic novel based around wine like The Drops of God or The Initiates, I get excited. They tend to be fairly grown-up affairs, but I’m still secretly holding out for the action-packed exploits of a team of masked avengers clad in purple spandex. Their [...]
A brief intro to Minervois…
Underneath the glowering Montagne Noire, due east of Carcassonne, sits the Languedoc region of Minervois. It’s an impressive backdrop for an area that can produce some entertaining wines. The region refers to the village of Minerve, named after Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom and patron of the arts. It’s [...]
A quick intro to the wines of Châteauneuf…
Exploring the vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape can feel unnerving. They feel ancient and strangely sentient. It is a unique and bizarre terrain; round bone-coloured stones that vary in size from a fist to a head piled on terracotta earth. You can’t help but think of the [...]
Here’s a link to a piece I wrote for The Wine Society’s newsletter on changing attitudes to drinking wine in the UK.
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Shortlisted for International Wine & Spirit Competition Blogger of the Year 2012
Matt Walls is part of a new generation of modern young wine writers who are more interested in mind-blowing flavour than etiquette. Having first got into wine working in off-licenses in Brighton, he has since worked for Bollinger Champagne and helped manage and buy wines for The Sampler, a wine shop in London where you can try the wines before you buy. He is a judge for three international wine competitions, and his first book has just been published by Quadrille – Drink Me! How to choose, taste and enjoy wine. He works as a freelance writer and consultant and is based in London.
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