Natural wine movement is ON and ON. We are living the dream life and witnessing a true wine revolution. Just take a moment, take one step out of the box and think about it. We are living in 2017. More than 10 years back not lot of people knew about the terms ”natural wine” or ”orange wine”. 7th and 8th of May 17′ (today / … Continue reading The Real Wine Fair
This summer I accomplised one of my biggest dreams – to visit Champagne. I was in the middle of Ay vines, sweating in 37 degrees and realising the depth of hard work behind of a Champagne production. It’s something more and different than just being educated specialist. You have to be a natural born with capability to understand, value, assess every spectre of the business … Continue reading Charles Heidsieck – from sleeping beauty to phoenix
The other day I had a very lovely debate with one of my guests on a topic of sediment. He had a background of being some kind of a health and safety inspector, specialising on restaurants, bars overall hospitality. I served half a bottle of Comtesse de Lalande Reserve. It was a new vintage 2009 and at the end, we both discovered a minuscule amount … Continue reading Does wine benefit from sediment?
Raw Fair came and took over sunny London like a storm. Crossed few old and some new exciting heartthrobs. I still feel kind of social hangover. Here’s something new I was introduced – Le Soula http://www.le-soula.com Le Soula is located in Roussillon region, in high altitude of Fenouilledes (Pyrenees). Their altitude is key delivering amazing purity of the wine. Le Soula Blanc is full of … Continue reading Raw Fair 2016
Last week one of the greatest wine trade fairs in London was held – London Wine Fair 2016. It was 36th time when hundreds-thousands of traders, producers, sommeliers, merchants gathered for different business purposes. London Wine Fair is an enormous fair. This year I decided to take the fair lightly, just walk around and discover randomly. A withing the first visiting hour I found what … Continue reading London Wine Fair 2016 / Вина в Казахстане
Regional finals today will determine next best 3 competitors running for the Sommelier of the Year 2016 title here in Grosvenor Hotel. First task was to identify 4 wines stating 1. Grape 2. Origin of country 3. Region 4. Vintage 5. Has there been used oak during vinification. Wines for blind tasting were provided by Matthew Clark / see them below: After blind tasting theoretical test followed. Most … Continue reading Moët UK Sommelier of the Year 2016 regional finals
Exciting times in London. Spring is full of portfolio tastings and other events. One on my favourite so far is Raw Fair. This year 15-16 of May and yet in the same Old Trumans Brewery! You can find easily list represented producers on homepage – http://www.rawfair.com/2016/artisans Here’s what I really look forward seeing and tasting this year: Weingut Hummel – Hungary is old Europe’s undiscovered pear. Forget about … Continue reading RAWfair London is coming 15/16 May