As you may have gathered by now, I have a bit of a soft spot for the Rhône. I spend more and more time there every year (six weeks in 2017), so I’m getting to know the place fairly well. I often get asked about where to stay, where to eat and who to visit. If you’re visiting the Northern Rhône, here’s a link to a travel guide that I produced for Decanter (October 2016 edition). Any other questions, pop them down in the comments section and I’ll get back to you!
Shortlisted for the Born Digital Wine Awards 2016 Best Editorial/Opinon Wine Writing
Shortlisted for Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards 2016 Online Drink Writer
Shortlisted for The Louis Roederer International Wine Writers' Awards 2015 Online Communicator
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 and 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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- Foxglove Chardonnay 2014, Central Coast, California
Lemon juice, melon and fresh green herbs set your nose tingling with a discrete nuttiness in the background from the considered use of oak. Medium-bodied and fresh on the palate, with a fine seam of acidity leading to a neat finish, highly drinkable and nothing overdone. Good quality, contemporary Californian Chardonnay is still not that easy to find in the UK at a fair price, but this is good value at £16.10 (for 12) at Stannary Street Wine Co, click through.
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