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INTO 2018

Next Edition.



  Hello and welcome to the latest edition of Winefullness. I'm going to put this out there at the start. Sometimes the time passes really quickly between editions of Winefullness and before you know it months have gone past! There are plans to change this, but more about that in a future edition when I've had some wine and solved the problem! Now I've apologised for the past and hinted at the future, let's see what we have in this edition.

  First off, there's Paul Draper's 15 Questions and because it's been so long since the first part I've decided to print it all in full. When you read it you realise that here is a man who doesn't let a detail slip. That's probably why he continued to keep Ridge at the top of the game. You'll also notice that as a homage to one of my favourite wineries they feature on the cover.

  I've just bought this stepladder of a book entitled, 'NAPA VALLEY THEN AND NOW' and while I will review it in greater detail in a later edition (unless one of you want to do the task for me) it made me think about an article I wrote a couple of months ago that was published on Jancis Robinson's website. It's about where my enthusiasm for wine started. I've printed it here and hope that you find it of interest.

  The Guru has lept from the dark wine cellar we keep him locked in and boy has he found plenty to moan about. I feel he's really on song with his selections this time. If you disagree, please let us know.

  In the review section it was going to be the turn of a couple of places I visited, but to tell the truth I was overtaken by my memories of a lunch at The Vineyard in Newbury so the whole article

is given over to that. If you get the chance, do yourself a favour and get yourself down there to sample the many delights on offer.

  The wines reviewed in this edition are quite a mixed bunch of sips recently taken and 'The Random Six' visits Italy where this vast wine producing area gives up six different wines to try.

  In the Winefullness section Brexit rears it's head and while I know some of you will disagree with what I've written, I hope that the article gives enough pause for thought. If it doesn't there are always other joys to be had within the pages.

  Let's not forget the competition where you can wine a Winefullness t-shirt. I'm challenging you all with this one and hope that I've not made it too easy!

  You'll see that for such a small enterprise we're trying hard to punch above our weight, but here in Winefullness Towers we can only cover and do so much. If you want to submit an article, review something wine orientated or just get something off your chest, you'll get a Winefullness t-shirt if we print your article. So isn't it time you got writing



Tony Harries

Editor and Owner








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Majestic Changes Name to Change Fortunes

We're All Going On Our Summer Holidays?

En Primeur 2018.

A Gamble or a Grumble?

 Well here's 2021, Winefullness as an online magazine is entering its second year and it might be time to take stock for a moment. Never a week passes without me discovering a producer I'd never heard of before, finding a wine that makes me wonder why it took so long to try and reading a new book that leads me to explore wine in a new and exciting way, and that's what we try to do with Winefullness Magazine. I hope that we're getting it right and that you enjoy the varied approach to the subject.

When it was started as a blog, about three years ago, the readership was about fifty people a month and I remember feeling ecstatic that others were buying in to what we were trying to do.

This figure had risen to about fourteen hundred by the time we went from being a blog to an online wine magazine a year later and you can imagine how amazed I was at the time.

Where is all this going I hear you shout at your screen? Well, I've just been looking at the monthly readership figures for the last issue and was totally staggered to see that the magazine has just crossed eight and a half thousand. This is a figure I would not have believed it possible to reach, but we have and I just wanted to take a moment to thank all of you who have helped us to grow into one of the fastest growing online wine magazines in the world.

They say that you shouldn't wonder about success too much because you might break the spell, but everytime I plan the next issue I always write it as though I'm writing for a friend, and that well might be the secret of the rise of Winefullness Magazine. So what have I got for my 'friend' in this issue?

We start by heading towards Château d'Yquem and a conversation with Pierre Lurton. Not only is the man part of a great Bordeaux wine dynasty, you'll find that he is something of a    

At the time of writing this edition yet another En Primeur campaign has rolled into town like a class bully that has the effect of making all the other children run for cover, but for those who haven't a clue what En Primeur is or what it is so important we at Winefullness will try and make things a little bit clearer.

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Majestic, has decided to change it's name and pretty soon it will have dumbed itself down and called itself Naked.

Here at Winefullness Towers it's getting close to summer and so we're feaverishly planning where in the wine world we might stop off.




While I'm writing about Bordeaux I must draw your attention to a tasting I attended that was staged by the Union of the Grand Crus of Bordeaux and an exploration of the 2018 vintage. I've also included a few recommendations that might be worth finding.

While we're mentioning France and tastings, I thought it time that I wrote about Chablis and told you about a few of the wines from there that are lovely on the palate and the pocket. It's important, during these difficult times, not to forget that great wine isn't always a  luxury item.

From France I pay a visit to APPVE. This marvellous organisation help to promote the wonderful wines of Spain, and Vladimir (who works for them) leads me beyond the usual suspects and tells me why Spain is a great country with a large range of wines that are waiting to be discovered.

My knowledge of Spanish wines is still basic and I'm determined to enlarge my tasting vocabulary. The same could be said about Chile, and in two articles I'll tell you about an excellent tasting I took part in and review three Chilean wine websites. Hopefully, you'll see that this is a place that is growing in stature and reputation. The wines aren't bad either!

 If your ghast is not already flabbered by the amount you're getting in this edition, we finish up back in the United Kingdom where I visit two award-winning producers who share the secret of their success, I drop in on a blind tasting competition for sparkling Rosé and finish up by sharing the story of a local pub that has taken on these difficult times and found a way to keep their business afloat. It really is a tale that needs to be told, and Winefullness Magazine is doing it!

There are the usual pieces of fun that we like to indulge in, such as books to be reviewed, tales from the Winefullness Armchairs, unusual winemaking destinations are explored, prizes offered and wines to be tasted.

So, drawing this all together, once you've had a read, told a friend to have a look and then had another read, you'll be able to see why our readership is growing and the Winefullness family is on the up. Stick around because the journey is going to be fun and worth your time.

Tony Harries

Editor and Owner


(it's just one more thing)

'We start by heading towards Château d'Yquem.'

'The wines aren't bad either!'


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In the words of the great Columbo, 'Just one more thing.' Although in this case it's two things

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Please Spare A Thought

Since the publication of this edition, terrible fires have been raging through Sonoma and Napa Counties bringing levels of fear and worry that most of us are so fortunate that we will never experience such episodes in our lives.

A lot of friends, contributors and businesses have been affected and we here at Winefullness Magazine would like to send our thoughts and support to all those who have been gripped by the uncertainty of such devastation. Please be assured that when the fires have gone, you will never be alone!


 Unfortunately this superb event has had to be postponed due to 'YOU KNOW WHAT'!

In the words of Tyson Stelzer (Organiser and Champagne Supremo) 'The uncertainty surrounding the durations of lockdowns, travel bans and mass events has led us to make the difficult and regretful decison to postpone Taste Champagne London 2020 to 10 March 2021'


It's not all bad news though because if you go to [email protected] you can read about all the fantastic tastings Tyson is organising

I cannot do this event, or the world of Champagne the justice that Tyson can so please get along to his website for more details.




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I was fortunate enough to receive these two beauties from Chateau d'Esclans recently. They'll be a fuller review in the next edition, but I could let you wait until then before giving my first impressions of what is heading your way. It just wouldn't be fair!  

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Garrus 2019


There is vanilla, blossom, bubblegum, strawberry mousse and pear syrup, and that's just the nose of this very good wine.

The taste was more sophisticated than a night out with James Bond and continued the strawberry, blossom and pear nose, but I also found tropical tastes in play.

It might not be up there with the 2017 but this is a serious Rosé that deserves your attention. Not enough people have drifted beyond 'Whispering Angel' and with any Garrus that is a great shame.


Les Clans 2019


This is the only wine from Chateau d'Esclans I'd not tried and you will understand my excitement.

There's bags of red fruit, tropical notes and peaches on the nose and at times this wines almost feels really delicate.

On the palate the oak plays a strong supporting role to stone fruit, honey, strawberries, pineapple and banana.

Now, all you have to do is go out, get some, taste and report back.



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