Omnium Gatherum

Omnium Gatherum
4th June 2015 | Omnium Gatherum

It is English asparagus season and, to my mind there is only one type of wine that goes with it: fino Sherry or Manzanilla. I adore good, dry sherry and consider it to be one of the world’s most civilized and uplifting aperitif wines, at least on a par with a glass of good Champagne.

8th October 2014 | Omnium Gatherum

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23rd May 2013 | Omnium Gatherum

It is spring in the Serra. I heard the first cuckoo today. After a long, cold wet spring (there was snow in the Serra da Estrela as late as last weekend) we finally have some summer warmth with temperatures rising into the mid-20s.

15th October 2012 | Omnium Gatherum

It has been an extraordinary year throughout Portugal. I have talked to people in their eighties who cannot recall a year so dry. Springs and wells have been drying up all over the country. But far from being a disaster, some good wines have been made from varieties like Touriga Nacional and Trincadeira that seem to withstand the drought.

30th May 2012 | Omnium Gatherum

The silence on my website has been deafening over the past few weeks, at least to me. I have been busy finishing the third edition of my book Port and the Douro which is due to be published in the autumn. With nearly all the i's dotted and t's crossed I can go back to posting tasting notes on my website.

19th July 2011 | Omnium Gatherum

I celebrated a significant birthday this year and with the help of some enthusiastic members of the Port Forum (click on ‘links’ for more information) we uncorked some splendid wines:

12th August 2010 | Omnium Gatherum

Meursault Les Rougeots 2004 (Coche-Dury) *****

Mid-straw in colour; lovely, taut minerally aromas, subdued smoky new oak with much more ti give on the nose; fine streak of acidity, very fresh, almost steely but with plenty of underlying richness, sublime length. Outstanding. Better still in 10 years. 19

8th August 2010 | Omnium Gatherum

Corton Charlemagne 2004 (Bonneau de Martray) *****

16th March 2010 | Omnium Gatherum

Viña Ardanza, Bodegas La Rioja Alta, Reserva 1996  ****

4th March 2010 | Omnium Gatherum

Another wine from my Christmas mixed case from the Wine Society:

22nd January 2010 | Omnium Gatherum

Château Grillet 2004 **** / *****

5th January 2010 | Omnium Gatherum

I am very grateful to Father Christmas for bringing me a mixed half dozen of Tuscan wines from the Wine Society which came together with a book called The Finest Wines of Tuscany by Nick Belfrage.

3rd January 2010 | Omnium Gatherum

Chateau Haut Bailly, Pessac Léognan 2000 ****

31st December 2009 | Omnium Gatherum

I have been on a sugar-free diet since the beginning of the month (which sadly precludes alcohol) but I allowed myself the luxury of sharing a bottle of white burgundy with friends this weekend.

31st December 2009 | Omnium Gatherum

Chassagne Montrachet, Grande Montagne 2005 (Louis Jadot)

31st December 2009 | Omnium Gatherum

Pol Roger Pure n/v ****

28th July 2009 | Omnium Gatherum

I am about to go on a month's health and fitness plan which virtually rules out alcohol (apart from the occasional taste). At lunch with Brown Shipley Private Bank in Manchester I was very grateful to be given a choice of wines to accompany a plate of monk fish.

25th July 2009 | Omnium Gatherum

Le Reve, Carneros Sparkling Wine 1996 (Tattinger) ****

8th July 2009 | Omnium Gatherum

Every year I try to celebrate my birthday with a wine from the year that I was born. It is fortuitous that this was 1961 but unfortunately no one had the foresight to lay down any Claret at the time!

27th May 2009 | Omnium Gatherum

I share some of my best bottles with Philip Tuck who has a great appreciation of wine, especially Burgundy. He works for Hatch Mansfield who represent Louis Jadot in the UK and supplied the first of the wines below. 

Corton Charlemagne 1996 (Louis Jadot)*****  


19 - 20 An outstanding wine (*****)

17 – 18 An excellent wine in its class, highly recommended (****)

15 - 16 A good wine, with much to recommend it (***)

13 - 14 An enjoyable but simple, straightforward wine (**)

10 – 12 A very ordinary wine without faults but with no great merit (*)

8 - 10 Disagreeable (no stars)

Below 8 Faulty