Carrying on with his Greek wine adventures, our roving Michelin star chef Roger Jones visits Alpha Estate, high into the highlands of Amyndeo, in the Macedonian region of North West Greece. Here he finds a winery that is so state of the art it can direct underground irrigation to specific vine roots and changes the air in its wine cellars three times a day. As well as make delicious wine, of course.
Distinct, exciting, exceptional value – these are just some of the words that Michelin star chef Roger Jones has used to describe many of the wines he encountered at the two-day Ellis Wines portfolio tasting. A wine importer that might not be top of mind by many wine buyers, Jones also found one rare ingredient these days – loyalty – from customers and also suppliers.
Roger Jones our Michelin star chef and ambassador to The Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Awards headed over to look at some wine artists at The Saatchi Gallery where Enotria&Coe held its annual portfolio tasting. For Jones it was a chance to taste some new additions to the range plus catch up with some old faces. In both cases the quality of the wines and spirits was of the very highest class.
Michelin star chef Roger Jones attended Australia Day Tasting on behalf of The Buyer to specifically seek out the hot new wines and catch up with how some of his favourite producers are progressing. Jones has featured Australian wine as a high profile category in his restaurant, The Harrow at Little Bedwyn, and the Australia Day Tasting this year was an opportunity to continue the romance.
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.