Wine review: Innocent Bystander Moscato

Moscato has had some tough times, labelled too sickly sweet by many, banned to the realm of ‘dessert wine’ by even more. This time it makes a comeback, and in a classy way. The hip hop heads have helped sales in the US, notable is this sexy as Ab Soul track featuring Kendrink Lamar! Yeah I know this is from 2011, but I reckon it’s … Continue reading Wine review: Innocent Bystander Moscato

Wine review: Milton Estate Crazy By Nature Shotberry Chardonnay 2011

If I had to describe winemaker James Milton of Milton Wines I would probably say “crazy by nature” – in a good way.  I had the joy of chatting to him at the RAW wine fair in London last year (I actually ended up interviewing him, but had to leave London and had left my tasting book at work, long story). I have a hazy … Continue reading Wine review: Milton Estate Crazy By Nature Shotberry Chardonnay 2011

Picking the bunch at Heron’s Flight Matakana

This week I was lucky to take part in grape picking for a morning at Heron’s Flight vineyard in Matakana. Heron’s Flight is a small, family-owned vineyard, with grapes first planted by David Hoskins and Mary Evans in 1987. They specialise in Italian varietals and only grow Sangiovese and Dolcetto, I’d been there before for one of their pizza afternoons – see the review here. … Continue reading Picking the bunch at Heron’s Flight Matakana

Cellar door visit: Runner Duck Estate/Plume Matakana

Food and wine go hand in hand, so we were pleased to come across Matakana’s Runner Duck Estate which is complemented by Plume restaurant. Husband and wife team team Farida and Clyde Cooper swapped a successful business in Mumbai, India for a small patch of vines just north of Auckland, NZ where they pursue their passion for food and wine. This is a small boutique estate  … Continue reading Cellar door visit: Runner Duck Estate/Plume Matakana

Vineyard visit: Heron’s Flight Matakana

On a sunny spring afternoon we drove up to Matakana,  (about an hour from Auckland, NZ) to check out some of the local wineries. Given Heron’s Flight were celebrating 20 years of their cellar door open with woodfire pizzas on the go we decided to visit. We did a tasting with David Hoskins, who established the vineyard and winery along with his partner Mary Evans.  … Continue reading Vineyard visit: Heron’s Flight Matakana

Wine review: Chateau Fuisse Pouilly Fuisse Tete de Cru 2007

I was lucky enough to get invited to the Burgundy Tasting at Harrods, I was extremely excited for two reasons – the Burgundy region is renowned for their Chardonnay (which I love) and Pinot Noir (which I also love).  The region itself has a pretty amazing history, with Burgundian wines recognised for their quality as early as 591, and they are extremely focused on terroir, … Continue reading Wine review: Chateau Fuisse Pouilly Fuisse Tete de Cru 2007

Have wine, will cycle. With style.

In London cycling is a no brainer over the warmer months. It’s fast, it’s cheap and it’s damn easy.  There’s no need to worry about the last tube or having to squeeze onto a bus full of drunk/grumpy/smelly/rude people. However, when riding a bike built for serious city commuting (with no parcel tray or basket) transporting wine becomes an ugly chore.  The sweaty back pack … Continue reading Have wine, will cycle. With style.