How Champagne Is Made – Part One


By Nick Adams, Master of Wine. It is absolutely fascinating how bottle fermented sparkling wine is made. I could have committed this to prose and included a few pictures but felt that the subject matter […]

Easter Wine Parings


By Nick Adams, Master of Wine. Why does the Easter date keep changing – and what should we be drinking with Easter fare? With a light at the end of the lock down tunnel this […]

ALSACE: “Off The Beaten Track”


By Nick Adams, Master of Wine Alsace might be off the beaten track in more than one connotation. Tucked away in the north east corner of France it has been under German ownership or occupation […]

Wine Regions: Chile


By Nick Adams, Master of Wine The modern wine industry in Chile is 200 years old, but it is in the post Pinochet era (from 1998) that this amazing country has really taken off. Already […]



By Nick Adams, Master of Wine. From its source in Switzerland to its exit into the Mediterranean this monumental river is intertwined with both the physical vineyards and historical importance of not only the wines […]

Viognier – The True Phoenix Grape Variety


By Nick Adams, Master of Wine. When Jancis Robinson mw wrote her seminal book on the grape varieties of the world – Vines, Grapes & Wine – she noted then, that in 1986, Viognier was […]

Southern Rhône


By Nick Adams, Master of Wine. “When I drink a great Rhône, it is as if my heart and palate have traded places” Robert Parker As part of the ongoing look at France’s classical wine […]

Dry January!? Let’s Talk Sweet January!

Dry January!? Let’s Talk Sweet January!

By Nick Adams, Master of Wine Firstly, I hope you all had a particularly good Christmas and best wishes for the coming new year! It is customary for some people to have a “dry” January […]

BORDEAUX – Part Two – Main Regions and Wine Styles.


By Nick Adams, Master of Wine. Not Disneyland – Château Pichon Longueville in Pauillac In what is a relatively plain part of France, the area of Bordeaux – end especially the Médoc “left bank” – […]

BORDEAUX – Part One – What is and makes Bordeaux?


By Nick Adams, Master of wine Probably the most iconic view in Bordeaux – the First Growth Château Margaux. INTRODUCTION The wines of Bordeaux have held a special place in the hearts of many generations […]

Wine Trust Christmas 2020


Wine recommendations for the coming season and menus From Nick Adams, Master of Wine. Introduction After what has been for most of us a truly challenging year, I am sure we are all ready for […]

ITALY – Part Two – Central & East


This is one of the oldest of all wine areas in Italy. Evidence of viticulture exists in this region back to the 8th Century BC. Florentine wine retailers were known to exist in the 11th Century. By […]

ITALY – Part One – Introduction and “The North”


Of all the countries in the Old World Italy is one of the oldest, and arguably the most individual in terms of indigenous grape varieties and spectacular (often strongly secular) regional variations and styles. It […]



The recent blog on Châteauneuf-du-Pape set me thinking about how the main grape behind this world famous wine is arguably the least known of all the great international varieties planted around the world. Grenache […]


COVID-19 update

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