Tim's Wine Tour Blog

Saturday in Piemonte was an immense day. After a relatively relaxed 9.45 start we arrived in Barbaresco a mere 15 minutes later from our hotel in Alba. This wonderful DOCG wine region is made up of many different parcels and many varied soils and microclimates. At Bruno Rocca, you get the most amazing perspective…(Read More)

Jerez Wine Tour Report


Click here to read what my clients said about this tour In October 2018 I led two tours to this wonderful region.   Steeped in history, Jerez lives and breathes sherry and has seen at first hand the ever changing fortunes of this famous drink.  We heard from the people who are driving the change that…(Read More)

Our Piemonte gastronomy tour has commenced and a fabulous weekend of top class wines and Michelin starred cuisine is unfolding. Despite the appalling weather that has been assaulting Northern Italy this week, flights were early and we arrived at our lunch destination as they were still turning the lights on and folding the napkins! I…(Read More)

Our final full day was guaranteed to be one totally comprehensive look at the world of sherry: two visits, a pairing tapas lunch and dinner. Overnight, the heavens had opened so there was distinctly autumnal feel about the morning. Fortunately, there was a window of rainless opportunity just as we walked to Bodega Tradición…(Read More)

With people arriving from a variety of destinations, we convened in the hotel bar on Thursday evening for a celebratory glass of Tio Pepe Fino and part one of the sherry story. A short walk took us to La Cruz Blanca restaurant. A riotous evening ensued with the restaurant delivering a superb selection of starters…(Read More)

Our final full day in Jerez was destined to be absolutely full on. Two visits, lunch and dinner kept us occupied! We walked from the hotel to Bodegas Tradición. This was a new concept as the Rivero family purchased a number of old, high quality barrels from various producers in order to produce a…(Read More)

I’m delighted to report on our first ever Sherry tour! I am somewhat embarrassed to admit that after nearly 30 years in the wine trade it took me until January 2018 to actually visit the beautiful town of Jerez. Steeped in history, Jerez lives and breathes sherry and has seen at first hand the…(Read More)

Click here to read what my clients said about this tour In September 2018 I ran a tour to three wine regions in northern France: Champagne, Chablis and Sancerre, the ‘Golden Triangle’.  With people flying in from Heathrow, Gatwick, Birmingham, Southampton and Luton our first day happily started bang on schedule as we drove east…(Read More)

I have just returned from my reconnaissance trip to North East Italy feeling utterly stunned by the beauty of the scenery, the quality of the wines, the exquisite food and the customary, legendary warmth of the Italians. We will be staying in the quite spectacular and historic town of Bassano del Grappa. Based in a…(Read More)

I have just got back from my reconnaissance trip to Galicia and have been absolutely wowed by this part of Spain. The Atlantic coastline is rugged and diverse and as you head inland, you discover verdant scenery, forests, amazing river valleys and a host of fabulous wines that are waiting to be discovered. Our tours…(Read More)