The wines of Jean-Luc Colombo (well, three of them....)

Jean-Luc Colombo sounds like a very interesting chap. I don’t imagine there are many people who’ve been a pharmacist, then wine consultant and then winemaker. He’s known for making relatively bullish wines, and when he was wine consulting this was certainly the direction he steered his clients in. He’s been described in the past as being “Parker friendly” which is probably a fair description but not necessarily a bad thing. There’s nothing wrong with wines with personality and packed full of flavour in my view.

Yealands Estate Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2011 – Awatere Valley, Marlborough

I’ve found myself laying off the Kiwi Sauvignon of late, partly due to having reached something of a saturation point with it, and partly due to it being a summery drink which implies the need for a summer which sadly we’ve not had yet...

De Morgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc 2010 - Stellenbosch, SA

It would probably be fair to say that Chenin Blanc isn't exactly loved here in the UK. I'm not entirely sure why. Perhaps the British wine buying public only have space for one "Blanc" in their hearts. Perhaps it's just that it sits between too many well established wine styles such as Chardonnay and Riesling to really make it as its own style. Maybe people just don't rate South African wine.

We Drink at....Hanging Ditch Wines

What happens when you take two people who love wine, who have 30 years between them in the wine trade and who believe wine should be accessible? You get the exquisite find that is, Hanging Ditch wines.

The Review of a Lifetime - Deutz Champagne


As a sommelier on a mission I believe in unusual wine, uncommon wine; no big names as there are so many other choices along with my motto: ‘never drink the same wine twice’. Although maybe I am guilty of a little exaggeration, there are some, be them few, wines so good even I will revisit them again and again.