Charles Heidsieck – from sleeping beauty to phoenix

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

London Wine Fair 2016 / Вина в Казахстане

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

Moët UK Sommelier of the Year 2016 regional finals

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

RAWfair London is coming 15/16 May

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