There are Michelin star chefs renown the world over for their excellence in what they can put on a plate, but few have the interest, let alone the commitment and drive to challenge themselves to understand the wines they can match with them. Roger Jones is a breed apart as he reports from South Africa on the sparkling wine competition he set up that pitted local sparklers up against the best of the rest of the world.
Our globetrotting contributing editor, Michelin Star chef, influential member of the wine business and all round nice guy, Roger Jones, reflects on his Best Wines of 2017 based on the many trips he went on. He is currently back in South Africa hosting various pop-ups and events as well as sourcing a few new wine stories and took time out to send us this series of reflections on 2017.
Michelin-starred chef Roger Jones travels to Tejo in Portugal to visit the three main wine-making regions within this up and coming area. He visits three of the top wineries and recommends wines from each with food pairings. At the end of the article Jones also lists the key grapes of the regions and how they affect the wines.
Continuing his trek across Northern Greece to discover some of the country’s greatest vinous treasures, Michelin-starred chef Roger Jones visits Biblia Chora. This is the winery responsible for making the highly regarded white blend Ovilos, that has become such a sommelier’s favourite. Not only did Jones try a vertical of Ovilos but found many more great wines here, using a mix of indigenous and international varieties.
In a special three-part focus, Michelin-starred chef Roger Jones visits the key wineries that have been responsible for the modern renaissance in Greek wine. In part one Jones visits Ktima Gerovassiliou, tastes through its range of wines and finds out first hand how its owner Vangelis Gerovassiliou was one of the key figures in saving the almost extinct Malagousia grape.
Michelin star chef Roger Jones is renowned for his knowledge of, love for and extensive wine list of New World wines. And yet, until August, Jones had never been to Napa Valley. Hosted by the Napa Valley Vintners, Jones attended a ‘study leave’ in which he learned many things. Here he decides to share with us his top 10 learnings.
The Michelin-starred chef and Buyer contributing editor travels to the autumn portfolio tasting of Armit Wines held in London two days ago and puts the range to the test for quality and value. Whilst there he re-aquaints himself with new vintages of old favourites and makes some new discoveries.
It was all going swimmingly for Michelin-starred chef Roger Jones until he actually got to Napa Valley, a wine region he has often loved but never visited. Our Napa ‘virgin’ arrived in CA full of BA’s First Class wine selection, something he will never, ever brag about in front of other wine experts. But just as Roger was settling into the thought of having a week tasting the delights of Napa along comes a pizza-making competition which is red rag to a bull-headed kitchen maestro.
Roger Jones goes on a quest to find out what is really driving South Africa’s Old Vine Project? Is it a marketing ploy to enter the UK premium wine scene? Or are wines from Old Vines generally better and more interesting than wines that are made from younger vines? And if that is the case… Why is that and How are the wines different?
Roger Jones is one of a kind. Not only he is such generous, fantastic company, but he is a rare breed. A Michelin-starred chef who is as passionate about wine as he is the food he creates. He not only lists great wines from all over the world, he travels, visits and hosts wine dinners from Cape Town to New Zealand. This week lucky members of the trade will be invited by Roger and his wife, Sue, to take part in a series of events at their restaurant, The Harrow at Little Bedwyn. But before he hits the stoves and corkscrew he shares his wine and food secrets.