Reviews

We taste....Berton Vineyard Reserve Pinot Noir 2009

Berton Vineyard Reserve Pinot Noir 2009 13.5% (£13.75)

We Visit....The SpyGlass, Bristol

It’s a balmy summer’s evening, one of the first we have had since the harsh winter months. This puts us in the mood for a relaxing evening of chilled wine, bbq food and waterside views. The perfect place to find all of this is the Spyglass Bristol.

Set in the trendy Welshback area, the floating restaurant is nestled amongst a wealth of pubs and bars perfect after a scorcher in the sun.

We Visit....The Swan Inn, Northampton

When travelling around the countryside on a Sunday afternoon, it seems the perfect thing to do is seek out a local pub and settle down for a traditional roast dinner. The Swan Inn in Northampton popped up as the perfect place to do just that.

On arrival you quickly realise this is a gastro pub, with the minimalist feel, modern decor and unusual art on the walls. It makes you feel like you've been invited to the rich in-laws for lunch, fabulous so far. But does the food live up to the swanky image?

One grape, one appellation, four very different wines....

The tasting at Château des Vaults in Savennières was a revelation in the breadth of the diversity of styles that one little appellation and one single grape can produce, but as a single exercise it served also to demonstrate how something so simple can be so complex. To give you a good overview of what the best Chenin can be like I’ve selected one wine from each producer we met that day.

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