Meet the Author: Alexander Velky
Alexander Velky
Alexander grew up on Anglesey, almost as far away from civilization as he’d have liked. He studied English at university and subsequently moved to Prague to teach it to Czech people for just long enough that he could say he’d done that. He then returned to the UK to do an MA in Professional Writing, and later moved to London by accident and worked in the music industry for a while. His interest in wine has been developing throughout. He took the WSET Intermediate exam, for which he was rewarded with a certificate and a pin badge, but he probably won't bother doing any more. He now lives in Pembrokeshire with his wife and daughter. He writes, and drinks, for a living. You can follow him on Twitter if that's how you choose to spend your time. Photograph by Léonie Keeble

Marks and Spencer Moscatel Grenache 2011

I tasted none of the subtleties of a good Grenache in...

Rincon del Sol 2012 Chardonnay-Chenin

I don’t often target Argentine whites, and this lovely bottle from...

Freedom Ridge 2009 Chardonnay

A bold grape like Chardonnay benefits from those viticultural techniques which...
ridge chardonnay

Tesco Finest South Eastern Australia Dessert Semillon 2…

You can’t go far wrong with a Semillon dessert wine really....

Tesco’s Sub-£3 Dr L Riesling

The cheapest. Let's hope it's back on the shelves soon.

Chateau Chunder: When Australian Wine Changed the World

I came across this BBC documentary on iPlayer recently and thought...
New Zealand

Allan Scott Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2010

We drink a lot of Sauvignon Blanc nowadays. Not just the...

A Tale of Three Bruts: Moët (2002), Jacob’s Creek and Lindauer Sauvignon Blanc

This investigation began life as a romantically inspired attempt to recreate...

Houghton “The Bandit” Sauvignon Blanc Pinot Gris 2010

I suppose it was the unlikeliness of this blend that intrigued...

Cono Sur 20 Barrels Sauvignon Blanc 2010

20 barrels, eh? I feel pretty privileged! Although, the bottle also says...

Etienne Dumont Brut Champagne

With so many viable alternatives to Champagne around nowadays it’s no wonder...

Tesco Finest Muscadet

I’ve been confused by Muscadet before now, and will no doubt...

Mondelli Pinot Grigio Blush 2011

When I first started seeing my soon-to-be wife I didn’t know...

INO Retsina Dry White Wine from Greece

Retsina rang a bell, I thought. Somewhere in my subconscious; even...