During these unprecedented times I continue to travel by proxy thanks to regular conversations with vignerons around Europe. And it was a particular pleasure to chat to our friends the Pons family from Les Garrigues in Catalonia. Yes, I know, that’s in Spain; and no, this missive will not mention Rioja! I’d like to introduce the Pons family for three reasons:- they are a wonderful family we met in Cannes some years ago, they .
I do hope that you are well and that 2021 is giving you some grounds for optimism. My traditional frenetic schedule is rather more tranquil, now that I am residing in France. There is a silver lining too, as this period has allowed me to spend more time tasting – and reflecting –more than ever before! One evening last week, having received an order from a client in the UK, via WhatsApp, while I .
I hope that you and the family are well and have enjoyed as good a Christmas as circumstances allowed. These are, of course, extraordinary times, but the more I speak to my friends around the world, the more we all cling to every possible ray of sunshine and optimism. In my case, as you are well aware, those rays to tend to emanate from vines! Fortunately, irrespective of the pandemic and its accompanying chaos, .
The vines have so much to tell us… In the last few days, a strange music has been heard in my cellar! The first whites and rosé of the young 2020 vintage are coming! On the bottling line, in the jerky rhythm of the glass clattering against each other, here they are, these pretty bottles which, like a brass band in tight rows, are now getting ready to leave my cellar to invite themselves .
On 3rd November, we hosted our annual wine tasting at Jesus Collage, Cambridge. With over a hundred different wines available, our guests had the opportunity to sample an eclectic mix of wines from around the world. We felt it was also important to have the 2015 and the new 2016 vintages on display for many of the wines to allow guests to compare the two. The 2016 vintage has delivered quite interesting results, with notable variety from region to region due to the rather diverse weather some areas in France .