Wines & Vines under those “Dreaming Spires”


First a little historical stuff! Oxford is the county town of Oxfordshire and famous worldwide for its prestigious university, the oldest in the English-speaking world. In his poem ‘Thyrsis’ the Victorian poet Matthew Arnold called Oxford ‘the city of dreaming spires’ after the stunning architecture of these university buildings. Arnold wrote his poem to commemorate the…

Burgundy, Wines 101, Chablis Grand Cru


After much faffing around on my part I have decided to add the Chablis Grand Cru, Les Clos, Domaine Dauvissat BACK onto my wine tasting bucket list. Only just over a week to go before our visit to Chablis and I discover that it is cheaper to have a bottle of this particular Chablis in…

Is “English Sparkling Wine” bubbling enough?


English Sparkling Wine is really bubbling at the moment (Because of Brexit? Sorry BBC couldn’t resist being positive!) Brilliant wines being produced in Sussex, Kent, Hampshire, Gloucestershire and more. Nyetimber, Chapel Down, Three Choirs, Poulton Hill to name only a few. But I have a problem …. “English Sparkling Wine”, too many words! Think Champagne…