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Revisiting 2013

When new wines are released we find revisiting previous vintages and the predictions made at the time a valuable exercise. Particularly in vintages that were awkward or inconsistent.  2013 was a year most have chosen to forget, in part because it was such a difficult year for the majority of French wine regions. But there were …

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Brunello di Montalcino

Autumn Mixed Case

We have put together a selection of bottles to complement the weather and mood. Our Autumn Mixed Case includes six wines that provide a gentle transition from the fresh, summer wines we’ve been enjoying over the last few months to the richer, winter offerings. All are from well-regarded producers from a variety of regions that suit …

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Summer Mixed Case

Over the years we have become fairly experienced in the art of holidaying in the UK: we have rented cottages in Scotland, pitched tents in Wales and fought hornets in a treehouse in Devon. And one thing we’ve learnt is to always pack the car with the essentials – good wine and a decent corkscrew. …

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2021 Summer Value Mixed Case

Revisiting 2015

2015 is hailed as an exceptional vintage across Europe but there are a few pitfalls to watch out for. The summer was dry and hot with plenty of sunny days which for some was wonderful but for others a little trickier as it followed difficult spring weather or created droughts that put stress on the …

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Donna Olimpia Orizzonte

Easy Going Reds

It’s good to drink wine that challenges us and makes us think. But sometimes you just want something simple, easy going, and relaxing. Simplicity shouldn’t mean forgoing quality which makes these wines harder to find than you’d expect.  We have put together a list of red wines that offer the level of quality we appreciate whilst …

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Tenuta San Guido Le Difese Toscana IGT

Vintage Champagne

Non-Vintage champagne, which makes up the highest proportion of Champagne produced and sold, is made from a blend of the year’s harvest as well as a number of reserve wines. The most prestigious houses take great care in their non-vintage blend and use the finest reserves from a variety of vintages to produce a unique …

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Moet and Chandon Dom Perignon Champagne

Syrah

Although Syrah is native to the Rhone valley in France it is equally, if not more, famous as Shiraz in Australia.  The greater recognition of the word ‘Shiraz’ than ‘Syrah’ has been brushed aside because the French use appellation names, such as Hermitage, Côte Rôtie and Cornas, on their labels rather than the word ‘Syrah’ …

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Standish The Relic Shiraz-Viognier Barossa Valley

Revisiting 2009

2009 was the year French vineyards could do no wrong. The climate was spectacular and nearly all wine producing regions enjoyed a bumper year that was met with raptures by the critics and consumers. But with 12 years gone and the dust settled, where in France have the wines stood the test of time? And …

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2009 Chateau Mouton Rothschild Pauillac Premier Cru

The Bigger the Better

We like magnums. We could argue this is because wines age better in larger bottles and therefore offer longer drinking windows.  But ultimately it’s because magnums are just more fun.  The bigger the bottle, the more it adds to the event. 2014 Produttori Del Barbaresco Barbaresco DOCG £69 per magnum  Simple yet endlessly enjoyable. Arguably one …

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Produttori Del Barbaresco Magnum

Revisiting 2006

Grapes are grown and wine is produced across the globe. Many regions share the same climatic conditions but the climate experienced and the subsequent quality of the wine produced each year will vary from one area to another, possibly even close neighbours. This may seem a simple and obvious point to make but there is …

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Chateauneuf du Pape

New Year’s Resolutions

Like most businesses January is the time for us to look back at the year and see what worked, what didn’t, and what patterns emerged. One of the main things we noticed was the number of requests for single bottles or cases to be split into smaller quantities.  We have always been keen to offer our …

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Frequently Asked Questions

Whites From Reddish Areas

There are certain wine producing areas that are synonymous with red wine: Bordeaux, Rhône, Rioja. It is easy to forget that white wine is produced in these regions not least because they tend to get overshadowed by the well-known reds. Yet there has been a gradual shift over the last decade and the quality and availability …

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E. Guigal La Doriane Condrieu

Blanc de Blancs Champagne

When presented with the ubiquitous glass of fizz at a celebration you tend to pay little attention to what you are actually consuming. The surrounding event will be far more engaging than what is in the glass.  If you were to be presented with an appropriately aged Blanc de Blancs Champagne I would hope the …

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Delamotte Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne

Autumn Wines

During the spring lockdown a cosy night in was still a luxury, but after six months, it has rather lost its sheen. This time last year we were relishing the changes that autumn brings and the prospect of hunkering down for the winter with plenty of good food and wine. We were slowing down after …

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Donna Olimpia 1898

Bolgheri, on the Tuscan coast, is littered with the greats from the Italian wine making world: Sassicaia, Ornellaia, Antinori, Gaja. These behemoths have set the bar high for both quality and price for the region. So when you find yourself surrounded by the them you may be excused for feeling a little intimidated as proximity …

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Donna Olimpia Orizzonte

Antonio de la Riva

19th Century Sherry I am a big fan of Sherry. It reminds me of growing up in southern Spain where the old men would be in permanent position at the rickety tables in front of the local bar slowly working their way through the afternoon heat with endless sherry and animated chat. But they are …

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1940s Antonio de la Riva Viejisimo Oloroso

White Christmas

That time of year has rolled around again where everyone wants to tell you how to enjoy the cold weather and the festivities. Wrap up warm and soak up the winter sun before heading home to celebrate in front of the fire with a nourishing and warming glass of red wine. As the average person benefits from …

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Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay

Single-Quinta Port

Terroir and Character in the Douro Valley Port is one of the mainstays of any drinks cupboard. It always makes an appearance at Christmas and, depending on whose house you’re in, may well have been there since the dawn of time. It is fairly easy stuff to come across and the main Port houses, whether Portuguese or British, …

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Oporto Vineyard

Second Best?

Second wines are second best. You can argue the point all you like but their purpose in life is to take second place after the grand vin. Nearly all of the big chateaux in Bordeaux have a second wine, a wine supposedly made from the grapes not deemed quite good enough for the top claret. …

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Riesling With Your Curry?

What to do with an Auslese Riesling? Is its only purpose as a dessert wine? What’s all this talk of sweet wine with curry? There are always trends in wine and food and luckily for Auslese Rieslings the trend is working in their favour. Cuisine from across Asia that encompasses spices and flavours that our …

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