Posted 28th Jul 2015
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Posted 26th Jul 2015
For something that exudes simplicity, the cheeky glass of wine is a deceptively complex drink. I can’t remember the number of times I’ve been asked to sneak off for a cheeky glass of wine or, I’ll admit, how often I’ve suggested one. ‘A quick one before the speeches?’ ‘Sneak one in before we make a move?’ ‘Cheeky one before dinner?’ Scan twitter and you’ll see thousands of people around the world have just enjoyed, or are about to revel in, the pleasures of a cheeky glass of wine. It is a most beloved wine occasion that transcends experience, knowledge, country and culture.
Yet despite near universal adoration, the cheeky glass of...
Wine of the Week
(£10 (down to £8), 13.5%, Marks & Spencer)
Gerd Stepp used to buy wine for Marks & Spencer before he returned to his former life as a winemaker in Germany. M&S' loss is our gain (and they are still stocking his wines anyway) because this is an oustandingly well priced Pinot from a country that has more of the variety in the ground than New Zealand does. It's a smooth, savoury, easy-drinking red with some spice, sweet plum and raspberry fruit, good texture and a long, supple finish underpinned by subtle oak.
I’m an award-winning wine writer and Master of Wine with 28 years’ experience. I write for a number of publications, including The World of Fine Wine, Intelligent Life, Gourmet Traveller Wine, Imbibe, Decanter, Wine-Searcher, Fine Drink (China) and Woman and Home, appear regularly on BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen 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 25 awards for my journalism and photography. So far, I don’t have a red nose to show for it.
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