Archive for 2017

  • Fascinating Pinot from Japan
    November 5th, 2017
    Take a look on the Tastings page – I have written up the fascinating event I did in Tokyo earlier this year, tasting blind 40 different Japanese pinots, with several really decent wines especially from Hokkaido and Nagano. Can’t wait to get back to Nagano next year
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  • Mature Volnay
    October 30th, 2017
    I have just returned from a 10 day visit promoting the Hospices de Beaune wines in various markets in Asia. Before the main work got underway I caught up with some old friends to enjoy a Volnay dinner. I have been singing the praises of Volnay for many years, and...
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  • 1957 !
    October 13th, 2017
    The idea has been brewing for a while… my birth vintage, 1957, is not a great year anywhere in France, but the high acid wines of this very cold year have often survived surprisingly well. Accordingly a group of us of whom at least three were genuine ‘57ers and the...
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  • Pinot worldwide
    July 5th, 2017
    New Zealand My first visit to NZ was at least 20 years ago – by which time it was already clear that Pinot was going to be the number one red wine grape variety for this wonderful country. Since then I have visited at least half a dozen times and...
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  • News from North America
    July 5th, 2017
    California & Oregon The USA is easily the second largest Pinot producing country in the world, led by California, whose Pinot industry I have been following closely since the late 1980s. Oregon has caught the international imagination though volumes are far smaller than in California. The talking point at the...
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  • Burgundy 2016: Overview
    January 2nd, 2017
    Review of the 2016 Vintage in the Côte d’Or What to Expect from this Report My aim is to give a relatively comprehensive guide to the 2016 vintage in Burgundy. I have visited around 100 producers and completed notes on around 1350 wines. In future years I hope to add...
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