Meirion Williams

  1. Saint-Chinian: Château Milhau-Lacugue
    Posted On: April 21st, 2022

    Saint-Chinian: Château Milhau-Lacugue

    One of the most pleasurable parts of my vocation is getting the chance to visit some of our winemakers in situ. Although sadly curtailed over the past couple of years, these visits are invaluable to gain first-hand knowledge, and provide an in-depth insight into the unique terroir, micro-climate and vinification techniques of individual vineyards. They […]
  2. Tyddyn Llan Winter Warmer Dinner
    Posted On: January 16th, 2018

    Tyddyn Llan Winter Warmer Dinner

    Back in the Summer months, Bryan Webb and I managed to agree a date for a Winter Warmer Dinner at his Michelin-starred Tyddyn Llan restaurant with rooms, in Llandrillo, North Wales (that's a lot of LL's!). Great idea I thought, until it dawned on me that Southern Snowdonia in January might be covered in snow! […]
  3. Yapp Brothers Staff Tasting of Forest Hill Vineyard wines
    Posted On: November 8th, 2017

    Yapp Brothers Staff Tasting of Forest Hill Vineyard wines

    Just had a wonderful tasting Chez Yapp from our new Australian winemaker Guy Lyons at Forest Hill Vineyards, who came over especially as he happened to be passing nearby. Well, he's spent last month learning about the Riesling harvest and vinification in Germany, which, in Australian terms of scale, is pretty 'nearby'!     I […]
  4. Paul Ainsworth at No. 6, Middle Street, Padstow
    Posted On: October 17th, 2012

    Paul Ainsworth at No. 6, Middle Street, Padstow

    Being in the wine trade one is lucky enough to be able to taste and evaluate wines on a regular basis, and whilst on a recent holiday in the Padstow area, I was enthused enough to book a table at a restaurant that had been mentioned in glowing terms from several of our customers and […]
  5. It’s Beaujolais, Jim - but not as we know it.
    Posted On: March 5th, 2012

    It’s Beaujolais, Jim - but not as we know it.

    You may expect that, given the title, these musings will be full of subtle enterprising mentions of Bones, Spock, Kirk and co boldly going where no man has been before, but actually, that is pretty much the extent of my “trekkie” knowledge. However, by courtesy of a wonderful offer by Westbury Communications and Inter Beaujolais, […]
  6. Full Of Good Intent
    Posted On: August 20th, 2011

    Full Of Good Intent

    A quick note about our recent day out at the Gillingham and Shaftesbury show with our friends, Natural High Safaris. As you can see from the photos, the new-style layout looked fantastic and we received many comments on how cosy and inviting the “Bedouin-style” scene was looking. One customer commented that all we needed was […]
  7. Take Care when Sledging
    Posted On: August 11th, 2011

    Take Care when Sledging

    The recent Natural Wine Fair at Borough Market provided a wonderful opportunity, not only for a day out of the office, but also for a chance to meet up with several of our winemakers and taste their latest vintages. In particular, my first opportunity to meet Ron and Elva Laughton, who, along with their daughters […]
  8. Aromatherapy
    Posted On: September 2nd, 2010


    Here at Yapp Brothers we love our staff tastings but it is sometimes, in these days of multi-tasking and role covering, quite difficult to muster a respectable turn out. However last Friday was one opportunity when most of the Yapp team were present in Mere, so we made full use of the time to further […]
  9. Animal Magic
    Posted On: June 18th, 2010

    Animal Magic

    On our recent Yapp sortie to see our French vignerons in Burgundy and the Loire, I became very aware of the huge range of weird and wonderful creatures that we encountered along our travels. Normally, of course, vineyard domaines are essentially agricultural places therefore one would expect to see cats and dogs and the occasional […]
  10. Culture Club - Raise a glass to Wrexham
    Posted On: April 2nd, 2010

    Culture Club - Raise a glass to Wrexham

    A temporary release (good behaviour, I think) from my normal Saturday shop duties at Yapp Brothers, enabled me to add a couple of extra days holiday, thus making a nice long weekend. During that time, I sampled drinks at two very different venues, so culturally different infact that I decided to write about it. Both […]

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