Exclusive – A new white from Delas: Saint-Joseph Blanc ‘Sainte-Épine’ 2014

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 Saint Joseph ‘Sainte-Épine’ has been enjoying some very favourable reviews recently, and winemaker Claire Darnaud-McKerrow told me she…

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Three recent Decanter articles

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. The best apps for wine lovers Cutting edge Northern Rhône Producer profile: Domaine Georges Vernay Hope you enjoy!

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Mr Vine July Panel Tasting – the results

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 Piccadilly – if you’re into wine, you should check out their list, it’s exceptional. First place: Franck…

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Chapoutier 2014 Sélections Parcellaires: a difficult birth

The vintage I moved to London in August 2003 on one of the hottest days in living memory. Not the ideal conditions for shifting furniture up flights of stairs. Not brilliant for making balanced wines either; 2003 is remembered across Europe as The Hot One. In England it turns out we had it relatively easy; in France the temperature peaked in the Southern Rhône at 42.6°C. The heat was actually…

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