Hail be to Soave

The sky turned from blue to black in just a few minutes and as we headed down the mountain, huge hailstones, the size of conkers, rained down on the car. We sheltered under a large tree, although this was not...

Educated palates

The last few weeks have been traumatic for anyone with teenagers in the house. A rollercoaster of hopes, worries and fears brought on by exams have, in many cases, been transformed into results and plans of...

What’s in the Wine Box?

Is that it? Here we are at the last Bank Holiday of the summer and whatever good weather we have had seems to have gone all too quickly. The great advantage of the long summer break is that the main London...

Wine – Bargains in a Bottle

As austerity becomes a way of life it is tempting to cut down on expensive items such as wine but while the sun shines and there is fun to be had just by lighting the barbecue and inviting a few friends round,...

Smashing China

Wine consultants are those rare breed of people who can fly into a different country each week, pitch up at a winery, help the local people through a particular tricky bit of blending or tasting and fly out...