Tag Archives: Grenache

Technically neither (or partly both)

In 2011 I worked with a writer called Elif Batuman on her book The Possessed. (Perhaps my proudest moment as a publicist was having a cameo role in a Guardian article she wrote at the time which has oddly been … Continue reading

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Wine of the week: Tesco Finest Cotes Catalanes Grenache 2012

I’ve realised that my biggest weakness as a wine writer is that I’m a bit slow (that and not knowing very much about Burgundy). I’ll try a wine at a tasting, forget all about it, and then months later, think … Continue reading

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Pursuing balance in California

What do we know about wine from California? If you had to ask me to name three things, I would have said: they’re big, they’re expensive and they’re not over here. I was in LA recently combining a visit to … Continue reading

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California stars

I’m thinking of moving to LA and becoming a Disney baddie. I’ve been told that I’ve got the voice for it. In preparation for this, I’m trying to develop a taste for Californian wines. This is difficult as most of … Continue reading

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Wine of the Week: Percheron Old Vines Cinsault 2010

Edinburgh is often described as the Athens of the North. Something to do with philosophy, I think, rather than a love of  columns and naked athletics. Beirut is the Paris of the East but the most popular city to be … Continue reading

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The Romance of Wine

It was after visiting a tiny vineyard in Faugeres that I decided to sell my flat in London, buy some land and make wine. Domaine Sarabande consists of  an Australian/Irish couple Paul and Isla Gordon, four hectares of vines and a garage with some … Continue reading

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