My Wine Adventures

In this section, I invite you to join me on my personal odyssey through vineyards, wineries, and wine events. From the sun-kissed hills of Tuscany to the historic cellars of Bordeaux, I’ll share my experiences, discoveries, and the unforgettable flavors I encounter along the way.

  • As an avid wine enthusiast, I had the privilege of attending the Bordeaux First and Second Growth Tasting at Berry Bros & Rudd in London, February 2023. Guided by the expert tutelage of Mark Pardoe MW, the Wine Director, the event was nothing short of spectacular.

  • From the moment we stepped into the venerable Berry Bros & Rudd in London on Friday 23rd June 2023, the stage was set for a culinary tour de force - an homage to the famous Judgment of Paris, appropriately dubbed The Judgement of St. James's. It was a riveting contest between France and USA, masterfully hosted by Michael Dabbs, orchestrated through four distinctive courses and nine incredible wines.

  • Berry Bros & Rudd's Bordeaux Deep Dive, expertly steered by Master of Wine Mark Pardoe, offered a wonderful journey through the nuances of Bordeaux's classifications, highlighting exceptional wines from both the First Growths and those less lauded but equally deserving of attention.

  • Stepping into Berry Bros & Rudd in London in June 2023 for the Californian Wine Dinner was like stepping into a wine lover's dream. The eventing was impeccably hosted by Michael Dabbs and the atmosphere was ripe with anticipation as the aroma of fine cuisine and the undercurrent of chatter filled the air. The experience that unfolded over the next several hours was nothing short of magical.

  • The Paris House Restaurant offers an exceptional food and wine pairing experience, showcasing a diverse and well-balanced selection of dishes and wines that cater to a variety of tastes. The six-course meal is thoughtfully curated, highlighting the individual components of each dish while elevating the overall dining experience through the perfect wine accompaniment.

  • Held in the esteemed locale of Berry Bros & Rudd, this Super Tuscan wine tasting, directed by Master of Wine Barbara Drew, was an event of superb distinction. The carefully curated list of wines showcased the breadth and depth of Tuscany's winemaking prowess.

  • This exclusive wine tasting organized by Decanter in the heart of London was a revelation in many ways. At the forefront was the presentation of a collection of wines from Chateau Mazerat and Le Dome, Saint Emilion Grand Cru.

    Let's delve into each wine, providing a detailed review of these exceptional vintages.

  • The 'A Retrospective Tasting: 2013 Vintage' organised at Berry Bros & Rudd and led by fine wine expert Michael Dabbs, offered an exquisite opportunity to understand the evolution of wines from around the world after a decade.

    The tasting notes below capture the details of our sensorial exploration.

  • Mark Pardoe MW's 'Burgundy’s Côte de Nuits Deep Dive' tasting session at Berry Bros & Rudd was a testament to the nuances of age, terroir and winemaking mastery. The journey through a selection of fine Burgundies was not just a tasting experience, but an educative immersion into the heart of one of the world's most prestigious wine regions.

  • Michael Dabbs' curated tasting event at Berry Bros & Rudd, aptly titled 'Great White Wines of Europe', was a masterfully guided tour through some of the most notable and prestigious white wines from across the continent. Each bottle told its own story, bringing to light the diversity of landscapes, climates and grape varieties that Europe's viticulture has to offer.

  • Taking us on a voyage through Italy's esteemed wine region, Piedmont, fine wine expert Michael Dabbs curated a truly immersive experience at Berry Bros & Rudd. This introductory event showcased a delightful array of Piedmont's varietals, meticulously paired with Italian cheeses and charcuterie, setting an intimate and sophisticated atmosphere.

  • New Zealand, a land renowned for its exquisite Sauvignon Blancs, offers a plethora of choices for wine enthusiasts.

  • Nestled in the heart of Saint-Émilion on the right bank in Bordeaux, Château Angélus is not just a winery; it's a legend.

  • Bordeaux's Right Bank is a realm where the alchemy of soil, grape, and tradition create liquid poetry.

  • The Priorat region, nestled in the rugged terrain of Catalonia in northeastern Spain, is a hidden gem in the world of viticulture, renowned for its powerful and intense red wines.

  • Portugal's Douro Valley, celebrated for its dramatic terraced vineyards and a deep-rooted winemaking heritage, presents a diverse array of flavors and styles in its red wines.

  • Nestled on the serene island of Menorca, Spain, the Binifadet Winery is a hidden gem that effortlessly marries the art of traditional winemaking with modern innovation.

  • Wine enthusiasts often debate the merits of different wine regions, but few comparisons ignite as much passion as Bordeaux versus Tuscany.

  • I recently had the immense privilege of attending a truly unforgettable wine tasting event: "Iconic French Wines," hosted by Master of Wine, Barbara Drew.

  • In the sparkling world of Champagne, where effervescence meets elegance, two names stand out with a certain allure: Veuve Clicquot and Bollinger.

  • I have had the privilege of attending an extraordinary online wine-tasting event organized by Decanter (during lockdown).

  • Amidst the sun-drenched landscapes of Greece lies a treasure not of myth and legend, but of vine and vigor: Assyrtiko.

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