Grape Nomad’s Top 10 Cellar Picks of 2017

It’s that time of the year again, time to recap my favourite wines of 2017, a year that had a huge personal impact on me. It flew by so quickly that I don’t even remember which events significantly influenced the world (except for Kim Jong-un’s missile craziness and Trump’s rants to that). What I do remember is that I tasted some D-O-P-E wines that would make it in the top 10 life-changing list easily. Unlike the 2016 cellar picks, this year was a lot more diverse and tightly knitted to exciting stuff that happened to me along the way. As a side-note, these are not bottles necessarily released during the year, nor are the scores something you have to blindly follow. I urge you to explore, be open and enjoy whatever gems you find from these top 10 picks. Continue reading “Grape Nomad’s Top 10 Cellar Picks of 2017”

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Top 10 Wines @ Liberty Wines Annual Portfolio Tasting 2017

Getting a chance to attend the Annual Portfolio Tasting of Liberty Wines in London was a professional beauty in my agenda. The company was founded in 1997 by David Gleave MW as a start-up with just four people working as staff. Today, it employs 130 individuals and has an annual turnover of £45 million. With awards annually pouring in from IWC, Decanter and SWA (On-Trade Supplier of the Year, Merchant of the Year, Wine Educator of the Year…), I honestly don’t see the need to bore you further with data and statistics of what Liberty Wines is in the international market today.

The APT 2017 was held on the 17th of January in the fascinating Kia Oval cricket ground in South London. This is the chief event of the company and gives wine lovers a chance to taste over 600 wines, spirits, beers, ciders and olive oils from over 150 representatives. To be frank, I only tasted around 250 samples. I started off slow and focused on my writing, but after a few hours I figured out how time is soaring by without me trying anything French or Italian. Luckily, eight hours presented a perfect time period to keep me sane and awake (though a lil’ dehydrated), so I cherry-picked the most sophisticated examples in the last 60 minutes. Being a WSET Diploma student, I really can’t complain about the producers selected for this event, because everything I wanted to cover and rehearse for the upcoming Unit 3 exam was there – Barolo, Tuscany, Australia, Alsace, Bordeaux, Burgundy, South Africa, Rioja… Continue reading “Top 10 Wines @ Liberty Wines Annual Portfolio Tasting 2017”

Riesling: The King of Everything

What a way to start the epic Guzzling Grapes challenge! Riesling is the greatest grape ever to be planted on this earth. There, I said it, straightforward. I don’t want to sugar-coat with words like probably, one of the, amongst the, etc. I simply have confidence with this one. You don’t have anything to eat with your wine? No problem, grab a Riesling. You want a crunching refreshment for the summer? No problem, grab a Riesling. You want to pair it with arugula salad, jalapeno peppers or apple tart? No problem, man, grab a Riesling.

Before I go on with all the pros (the cons are kept to a minimum), let’s get one thing straight. Riesling is not an essentially sweet wine. Yes, some of the German specimens can have a bit of residual sugar, but that’s ok. Continue reading “Riesling: The King of Everything”