Posted 12th Jun 2018
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Posted 12th Jun 2018
A short time after the Brexit Referendum, I wrote a piece
for a Wine Writing Competition . Those were the heady times of the
Birmingham conference, with their Citizens of Nowhere and Foreign Staff Lists,
the Conservative Party looking like Mr Bean trying to pen the Reichstag Fire
Decree. I chose to make my piece about the dark fate I thought was in store for
English Sparkling Wine (ESW) in case of a Hard Brexit . It was an uneven
piece, swerving clumsily between concern and gallows humour . It didn’t go
when I was writing it I thought I was pushing at an open door. Surely, if there
was one industry that would be petrified of Brexit would be the ESW one. Surely
British wine writers would...
Wine of the Week
(£17-22, 13.5%, )
A wine that's consistently a match for all but the very best (and much more expensive) wines of Pessac-Léognan, this deftly oaked Marlborough Sauvignon ages brilliantly too. Leesy, rich yet beautifully balanced, it combines flavours of vanilla spice, gooseberry fool, lanolin and vivid acidity. One of the region's very best expressions of the grape.
I’m an award-winning wine writer and Master of Wine with 33 years’ experience. I write for a number of publications, including Harpers, Decanter, The World of Fine Wine, Gourmet Traveller Wine, The Drinks Business and Imbibe and am one of the Three Wine Men. I am a co-chairman of the International Wine Challenge, the world’s most rigorously judged blind tasting competition, and have won over 30 awards for my journalism and photography. So far, I don’t have a red nose to show for it.
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