Top wine, sustainable practices, and an army of geese

Written for The Guardian newspaper, April 2016. Part 2 of 4 part feature When you walk through the Cono Sur vineyard in the morning, it feels like you might have stumbled across a movie set. A low-lying fog slowly fades away to reveal dozens of abandoned bicycles: resting on the vine rows; leaning against the walls of the winery; stacked up at the gate. But … Continue reading Top wine, sustainable practices, and an army of geese

When it comes to wine, there’s nowhere quite like it

Written for The Guardian newspaper, April 2016. Part 1 of 4 part feature Looking out from under the shade of an ancient Peumo tree, the view ahead of lush green vineyards framed by undulating hillsides could be anywhere in the Mediterranean – or perhaps even England on one of those rare, warm summer days. But it isn’t England, nor even Europe. This is Chile – … Continue reading When it comes to wine, there’s nowhere quite like it

Chile’s most powerful winemakers? The Top 10 in numbers

Written for The Drinks Business, Sep 2016 What they are making, is most likely what you are drinking. These ten winemakers command two thirds of the bottled Chilean wine exported in the last year. Their daily decisions in the vineyard and winery impact the wine that eventually meets your glass, and for that fact alone these men are some of the most powerful, or influential, … Continue reading Chile’s most powerful winemakers? The Top 10 in numbers

Uruguay: More than Tannat, Decanter October 2016

A vast array of soils and terroirs gives this diminutive but plucky nation the tools it needs to forge a strong identity of its own, says Amanda Barnes. And it’s the growing reputation of Uruguay’s white wines that’s grabbing the attention… Read the full article here, Decanter October 2016   Read more on Uruguay on 80 Harvests The essential guide to Canelones Wine travel guide … Continue reading Uruguay: More than Tannat, Decanter October 2016

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Chile Harvest Report 2016

Written for Decanter April showers hit the Chile 2016 vintage, with some producers describing conditions as more like those on France’s Atlantic coast and overall production down by a fifth versus 2015. With wine regions spanning over 1000km, the Chile 2016 vintage was always going to have regional variation. But, most areas experienced a cooler and wetter year, with some reporting high humidity. This resulted … Continue reading Chile Harvest Report 2016

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El Nino hampers Argentina’s 2016 harvests

Written for Decanter The El Niño weather cycle saw Argentina report its worst pre-harvest grape losses since 1957, with production in 2016 expected to be 27% smaller than 2015 across the country and 39% down in Mendoza. A cool and wet spring set the harvest back by a month. April was a wash out with 400% more rainfall than usual over 15 days complicating harvest … Continue reading El Nino hampers Argentina’s 2016 harvests

And the winner is…

Written for Decanter. Sleepless nights, thousands of pounds invested in rare bottles, and zero social life are common elements of preparation for the World’s Best Sommelier Competition. Japanese candidate Hiroshi Ishida spent last month living away from his wife and three children, for his final purgatory of preparation. This year’s competition saw a record 61 candidates enter, and it cost the Argentine Sommelier Association £0.5m … Continue reading And the winner is…