The Morning Claret

Simon J Woolf & Friends on Wild and Wonderful Wines

Year: 2013

Ca' ed Balos bottle
4 minute read

Seven reasons why I love Moscato d’Asti

Look, I’m not after anything serious. Let’s just flirt and enjoy each other’s company – we don’t have to be relationship material do we? We both know it feels good . . . oh but it does feel good. I Read more

6 minute read

The red badge of honour

Lukas Pl√∂ckinger picks me up in Eisenstadt at 6.30am prompt, on a chilly October morning. Lukas is the winemaker and vineyard manager at Weingut Tinhof, in Austria’s red wine heartland Burgenland, and he’s my teacher today as I pop my Read more

Antonino "Nino" Barraco
5 minute read

Seafood Grillo, Barraco style

It’s a gorgeous late summer evening on Sicily’s west coast. But instead of admiring the sea, our group of wine writers and bloggers are looking slightly perplexedly at what appears to be a patch of weeds. Actually this is Antonino Read more

Vineyards in Moulin-a-vent
4 minute read

Seven reasons why I love Beaujolais

Gamay, you are a charmer. That deceptively simple yet elegant perfume, your lightness of touch, and supple texture. Yes, you went a bit girly during your “nouveau” phase (circa 1980s), but that’s all water under the bridge now. Now you’re Read more

4 minute read

Does Riesling need a revolution?

Despite being the darling of the wine trade for what seems like decades, German Riesling still has an image problem in the UK. Why is it that we can’t get the abominations of Liebfraumilch, Blue Nun and Black Tower out Read more

The tagline says it all
5 minute read

Great places to buy wine: Park and Bridge

“I would never have done this if I hadn’t started writing a wine blog”. So says Paola Tich, ex-journalist, blogger, communications supremo – and now owner of Acton’s newest independent wine merchant, Park and Bridge. Paola’s blog Sip Swoosh Spit is well Read more

Dept stores have changing rooms, why shouldn't wine shops have tasting rooms?
5 minute read

Great places to buy wine: Dvine Cellars

Something rather wonderful is happening with wine retailing in the UK. It didn’t begin well: Over the last 20 years, we’ve seen virtually all our mainstream wine merchants go bust – something catalogued by Tim Atkin in his recent article Read more

Giorgio Clai and other winemakers in the Ploder Rosenberg cellars
7 minute read

Seven reasons why I love orange wines

I’m drawn to outsiders – people who dare to be different, who stand out proudly from the crowd. That makes orange wines – and the winemakers who produce them – an easy sell. This is a style that can shock, Read more