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Tag Archives: Jamie Goode

Abstraction vs. Context: How do Toro Wines from Quinta Quietud Measure Up?

A couple of months ago, wine writer Jamie Goode and I disagreed over an abstract approach to wine assessment. I took the deconstructive stance that one does not need to know any information about a bottle of wine to be able to rate it or appreciate it. Jamie argued that context (where it was made, from which grapes and by who) was all-important. To be fair to both of us, I think we didn’t view our approach from the correct angle, namely: who we were talking to. If you (and by ‘you’, I mean you the reader) want to know whether a bottle of wine is good or not, an abstract approach is key. A fair (underline ‘fair’) assessment of […]

The Spanish and Portuguese Take to the London International Wine Fair

Both Spain and Portugal made their mark at the London International Wine Fair 2009 edition this past week. Spain has always had a knack for its dominating and stylish presence. Walk past the enormous stand representing the generic body promoting Spanish wines called ICEX and you rarely saw a square foot unoccupied. 13 autonomous communities were represented, including: Andalusia, Aragon, Castilla-La Mancha, Castilla y Leon, Catalonia, Valencia, Extremadura, Galicia, La Rioja, Madrid, Murcia, Navarra and Basque Country. Even tiny Denominacion de Origines, representing only a handful of bodegas within these massive autonomous communities garnered some limelight, whereby providing importers the opportunity to taste wines that are generally difficult to discover in any other situation. What made Spain so successful at […]

Sarah Ahmed – The Wine Detective on Portuguese Wine

Best part of doing this job is the people you meet. Winemakers, wine writers, fellow bloggers, and so many others, Gabriella and I feel blessed to have a chance to discuss wine, life and anything else that comes to mind with such a diverse group of people.This past week we had the true pleasure of hanging out with a new friend, Sarah Ahmed (aka ”- The Wine Detective). She has recently been chosen as the Portuguese Wine Awards, Wine Writer of the Year 2009. What this means is that next year, she will be selecting the top 50 Portuguese wines as she sees them for a special tasting to be held in London. Last year’s winner was Jamie Goode, who’s […]

Terroirs Wine Bar: An Unusual French Styled Bistro in Central London

Coming from Spain, there is something romantic about having a busty waitress greet you with a sultry smile and rustic french accent. Having traveling through Paris at lightening speed on a half dozen occasions – going straight from airport to bus to train – I imagined Terroirs, despite its location across from Charing Cross, as the Paris cafe I have yet to visit. Sans thick clouds of smoke, the two tiered cafe was scattered with small wooden tabletops more appropriate for a romantic interlude between two than a business meeting of four. Thick aromas of stew and game wafted through the air, while gulped laughter from half drunk bottles of ecological wine echoed off the walls. The ambiance was bustling […]

SITT Tasting in London and an Interview with Jamie Goode from the Wine Anorak

Yesterday, Ryan and I had the incredible opportunity of attending the SITT Tasting, also commonly known as the Speciality Importers Trade Tasting at the famed Vinopolis. Built around a Victorian Railway Viaduct, Vinopolis is situated at the world famous Borough Food Market in the bustling Bankside area, just a stone’s throw away from London Bridge station. The tasting itself is a business to business event, allowing small importers to showcase their wines to journalists, retailers, distributors, etc. Consequently, the wines featured are very unique, small production wines that are generally very hard to come by. And for two Iberian based wine journalists to taste unique grapes from Chile, rare blends from New Zealand and even old favourites from the Port […]

Iberian Links Around the Web – or the Decanter Commentary

Welcome to another addition of Iberian Links around the web! Despite Labor Day being celebrated yesterday throughout the EU, in addition to family and friends arriving from both London and Madrid, we still found a little space in the day to collect a few news bits that you might be interested in to share your thoughts on in the comments below! The Ultimate Luxury: You’re Very Own, Vineyard in a Box! Ever want to purchase a vineyard but were afraid that you’d kill the vines in the first year? Maybe you know a decent amount about winemaking, but have a perfectionist side of you that only wants to craft the ultimate, world-renowned wine? Well, guess what? Now is your chance! […]