the year in pictures
A quick tour of my year in wine (mostly)
January: December's new addition to
the Goode family was a big focus at the beginning of the year.
January: first great gastronomic experience of the year was at
Yashin, matching food with Koshu wines from Japan.
February. A quick trip to California, where I snapped these
elephantine ancient bush vines in Sonoma.
February: in Eger, Hungary, I did a presentation to wine growers
about the prospects for Hungarian wines in export markets such as
March. A trip to Celorico de Beira, Portugal, for a wine conference
where I was due to give a talk. Here I met some of the wine social
media stars - Miss Vicky, Andre Riberinho, Ilkka Siren and Ricardo
March. The Celorico conference also included one of the most
memorable fortified wine tastings I've attended. This became
known as the famous watching wine tasting, for reasons I won't go
March: off to South Africa for the Top 100 SA Wines event, at which
I was judging. It was held in St James (pictured). We had a
April. Unseasonally warm in the UK. Two weeks of my time were
devoted to the International Wine Challenge, which is great fun. I
was lucky with my panels: this year, they were all good. Here's one
- pictured left to right with me are Anita Jackson, Julia Sevenich
and Yegas Naidoo.
April. I was lucky enough to attend the FA Cup semi final at Wembley.
Man City beat Man UTD 1-0 to reach the final. The atmosphere was
May. Typically busy. Had a great trip to the Northern Rhöne where I
May. The Natural Wine Fair at Borough Market was one of the wine
highlights of the year. Fabulous event.
May. Enjoyed the London International Wine and Spirit Fair this
year. South Africa put on a particularly good display, and pictured
is Wines of South Africa's Andre Morgenthal.
May. A memorable lunch at Hibiscus with Frank Cornelissen and his
June. My first experience of Vinexpo. The scale of the event blew me
July. Off to Portugal for a few days. We stayed at the fabulous
Malhadinha Nova hotel in the Alentejo.
September. A busy month began with a fabulous trip to the
Symington's properties in the Douro.
September. I visited Russia for the first time, to see some wineries
on the Black Sea Coast. This is Novorossiysk.
September. In the cellars at Abrau Durso, a Russian sparkling wine
September. Then it was off to Norway to do some talks on Authentic
October. The month began with the Sparkling Wine Review.
October. Then it was off to New Zealand for the Rugby World
Pictured above are Oz Clarke, Adrian Atkinson and me.
October. Montana's Brancott Estate in New Zealand's Marlborough
November: The Swartland Revolution was possibly the wine event of
the year. Had some fun in South Africa.
November. The Swartland, South Africa.
November. An illustrious panel discussing English sparkling wine at
the second International Sparkling Wine Symposium.
December. The launch of Authentic Wine, the book I authored with Sam
Harrop, held at Artisan and Vine.