Castillon: cast iron bargains

A brief introduction to the wines of Castillon... In terms of both reputation and prices Bordeaux stands victorious among the wine regions of France. It is hardly surprising that its neighbours have tried to emulate its success. Although the Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated Left Bank is largely hemmed in by river and forest, the vineyards of the Merlot-dominated Right Bank have fewer natural…

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No grannies allowed: proper sherry

Here's a link to an article I wrote on the rise of proper sherry for Imbibe magazine: http://imbibe.com/feature/no-grannies-allowed/16718  

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Wedding wines – bling vs. bargain

When planning the wines for your wedding, sometimes it pays to look beyond the big names if you want maximum bang for your buck. Here are some reliable producers of classic styles and alongside some under-the-radar alternatives that offer outstanding value for money. Serious fizz When it comes to sparkling wine, Champagne still reigns supreme, particularly class acts such as Louis Roederer Brut…

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A wine lover’s guide to Granada

The Alhambra, the jewel of Andalusia, stands proudly overlooking the town of Granada. Constructed in the mid 14th century… Now shut the guide book and show me the snacks. Call me a heathen but the thing that made an impression on me wasn’t the architecture, mind-bending though it is, but how well you can drink in this city. When it comes to growing vines, southeast Spain is a bit of a desert…

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