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Last night 40 of us enjoyed an evening of exploration at Le Salon Privé in St Margarets. Our destination was Burgundy, and the objective was to compare and contrast, and enjoy, some wines from the fascinating region.  We didn’t venture to the Mâconnais, but the Côtes de Nuits, Beaune and Chalonnaise provided…(Read More)

January is normally very quiet in the wine world but 2015 is proving to be the exception! Looking at what is going on over the next 12 months I have barely paused for breath since Christmas. My brand new Cheese Course  filled up in less than 48 hours, I have had a terrific response to…(Read More)

Blue Cheese and sweet wine A personal favourite of mine – it is a surprise to many how fantastic the pairing can be of a rich Roquefort, a creamy dolcelatte or a mature stilton with a high quality dessert wine. Sauternes and Barsac sweeties are delightful as are Monbazillac and Bergerac Moelleux, any botrytis Semillon…(Read More)

Medal Mania


The International Wine Challenge (IWC) and Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) have become two of the most important wine competitions in the world. April sees a frantic, two week judging fest, where hundreds of the world’s top tasters convene to taste tens of thousands of wines. Trophies, Gold, Silver and Bronze medals are awarded…(Read More)

corkage & byo

Corkage and BYO


I am very lucky, my job requires me to spend a disproportionate amount of time tasting fine wines and matching them with different dishes – often in restaurants. The matters of corkage and BYO (Bring Your Own) often arise and over the years I have discovered that a surprisingly large number of establishments are happy…(Read More)

Wine and cheese is, without a doubt, one of life’s great joys and the permutations are seemingly endless. Despite this, many people tend to stick with the same old styles without perhaps realising the exciting taste adventure that is just a mouthful away. Sauvignon Blanc and goat’s cheese This may come as a…(Read More)