The UK restaurant scene has never been more rich and diverse, not just regarding the types of food on offer, but also with the choice of wines. This is partly thanks to the diligence of the restaurants themselves of course, but there is another group that deserves our recognition: the small independent wine importers […]
I still remember the first time I was offered a glass of wine at the hairdresser’s. I thought this was a great idea until, on picking it up for a second sip, I spotted a few hairs of various colours that had floated into my glass on hairdryer crosswinds. Wine may not be […]
Sunday 25th October
November is a lovely time to visit the Rhône. It’s still sunny but the air has been drained of heat. After some typically eventful French driving fun from Marseille Airport, I arrived in Châteauneuf-du-Pape in search of dinner. It’s a small town, and quiet this time of year. There was only […]
Standing at the baggage carousel in Timişoara Airport in western Romania, I was approached by a friendly fellow traveller. “You here for the IW Conference too?” he said. “Erm… International Wine?” I speculated, surprised that I hadn’t heard of it. “No, International Welding” he replied. Fortunately I wasn’t; I was there to explore […]
September’s panel tasting took place at Winemakers Club, a wine bar/shop/events space that occupies the site of the original Oddbins shop in some dark, atmospheric arches under the Holborn Viaduct in central London. Four out of five of the winners were Italian this time round, but all very different in style.
First place: […]
350g cherries, pitted
3 tablespoons caster sugar
2 tablespoon kirsch
For the batter:
60g plain flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
3 free range eggs, lightly beaten
60g caster sugar
100ml single cream
½ teaspoon vanilla essence
icing sugar, to dust
crème fraîche, to serve
Growing up in 1980s Britain, there wasn’t much wine on UK television, but I still have clear memories of Oz Clarke’s boundless enthusiasm on the BBC’s Food & Drink show. I was too young to drink but even so it made an impression. Oz is still on our screens today, and in the intervening years […]
It’s not every day you get to witness the birth of a new star. That’s why I wanted to share with you a wine I’ve just tasted. I was researching an article a few months ago when I heard about an experimental new cuvée from Rhône negociant house Delas. Their red […]
I’ve been writing a fair few pieces for Decanter magazine recently, covering my three favourite wine-related topics – apps, London and the Rhône. Here are links to three articles that have been published in the last six months.
This was the best panel tasting yet. Normally we select the five wines most deserving of your attention, but this time round we were compelled to add a further three ‘honourable mentions’ that were so good it would be criminal to miss them off the list. We held the tasting at MASH Steak near […]
International Wine & Spirit Competition Blogger of the Year 2015
Runner Up in the Born Digital Wine Awards 2015 Best Editorial/Opinon Wine Writing
Shortlisted for Harpers Wine & Spirit French Wine Awards 2014 Best French Wine Writer/Critic
Shortlisted for International Wine & Spirit Competition 2014 Blogger of the Year
Shortlisted for International Wine & Spirit Competition 2013 Blogger of the Year
Off Licence News Top 25 Policy and Opinion Formers 2013
Winner of The Drinks Business Awards 2013 Communicator of the Year
Winner of Fortnum & Mason Food & Drink Awards 2013 Newcomer of the Year
Shortlisted for International Wine & Spirit Competition 2012 Blogger of the Year
Matt Walls first got into wine working in an off-licence in Brighton. He has since worked for Bollinger Champagne and helped manage and buy wines for The Sampler, one of London's best wine shops. He now spends half his time writing about wine and the other half collaborating on various wine-related projects. His first book, Drink Me!, was recently published by Quadrille and has sold over 10,000 copies.
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Côte-Rôtie can be the finest expression of Northern Rhône Syrah, but it’s not the most consistently reliable appellation. After tasting nearly 200 different examples this year, I can safely say that this is the real thing and it’s fairly priced at £33.00 from Yapp. It’s unashamedly old-fashioned, with a wonderfully resinous, smoky profile and berry fruit. Medium-bodied, ethereal, totally classic.
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