A Six-Vintage Farewell to Anthony Barton

A Six-Vintage Farewell to Anthony Barton

A Six-Vintage Farewell to Anthony Barton What to say of Anthony Barton, the late patriarch of Châteaux Langoa Barton and Léoville Barton, that hasn’t already been said, especially since his death last month at the age of 91? Not much is the answer. However, being lost...
There’s Merit in the Mâconnais

There’s Merit in the Mâconnais

There’s Merit in the Mâconnais When contemplating burgundy, most consider the Côte d’Or paramount, expressive of the very best Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines globally. Few can doubt the quality and longevity of this area, literally translated as ‘the golden slope’,...
Exploring Okanagan Valley: Where Wine is Fun and Fascinating

Exploring Okanagan Valley: Where Wine is Fun and Fascinating

Exploring Okanagan Valley: Where Wine is Fun and Fascinating Canada’s ‘Okanagan is indeed on the up’, concluded Steven Spurrier after presiding over a series of comparative tastings in 2019. As always, a measured and accurate observation. Despite the many recent...
A Champagne Christmas in Vertus

A Champagne Christmas in Vertus

A Champagne Christmas in Vertus There is something about sipping really good champagne at Christmas. You can open the bottle with a bang and even let the cork carom off the ceiling, but once your fluted glass is full, make sure you take a good look inside. You won’t...
Somms on California: Winning over the Sceptics

Somms on California: Winning over the Sceptics

Somms on California: Winning over the Sceptics When, in 1976, Steven Spurrier invited a panel of high-profile professionals to gather in Paris and blind taste a range of Californian wines alongside their French counterparts, he proved to the world that California...