The Vintner Out & About
While traditionally August is a quieter month for us with London emptying and the wineries in France, Spain and Italy shutting down, this year we’re keeping busy with Rick Stein’s ‘Summer of Shellfish’ campaign that’s showcasing delicious lobsters, oysters, crabs and crayfish.
Burgundy is a very impressive region and one of our absolute favourites to taste. Despite mainly showcasing two grape varieties, Burgundy offers a range of subtle flavours to explore, with quality being linked to the vineyards rather the wine growers and makers, it’s the best region to explore the influence of terroir – how the grape, soil and climate dictate the flavour.
One of our favourite games is finding an excuse to talk about and drink our wines. What better excuse is there than to find a “bike ride” (as Hamish describes it) that goes through one of our favourite and most diverse wine regions. Of course, we’re talking about Le Tour de France, with stage 16 starting tomorrow from Carcassonne.
Wine tasting is a great way to discover new wines and styles with a group of friends or a group who are yet to become friends but the problem we’re often faced with is that it’s just too stuffy and boring. In my mind, wine tastings must never be that when there are so many ways you can create a really fun, memorable and relevant experience. I like to choose themes to add depth and context to my wine tastings which certainly helps me enjoy it more and I’m told by . So here’s one we did recently …..