1. Signs of the Times
    Posted On: October 23rd, 2023

    Signs of the Times

    Since childhood I've been an avid Francophile. Clearly, that is due, in no small part, to parental influence but I think it goes further than that. We spent almost all of our family holidays self-catering in France and then when I was 15 years-old I participated in our school's French exchange. Cigarettes, mobylettes, bangers, flick-knives, […]
  2. Collecting Corkscrews
    Posted On: June 22nd, 2022

    Collecting Corkscrews

    Our founder Robin Yapp started our corkscrew collection incrementally and somewhat incidentally in the 1970s and we have extended it over the ensuing decades with contributions from colleagues, customers, wine-makers and well wishers. It is an opportunist archive in that we have never been strongly driven to add to it, we have just accrued corkscrews […]
  3. Top Tips for Wedding Wine Planners
    Posted On: March 8th, 2022

    Top Tips for Wedding Wine Planners

    Top Tips for Wedding Wine Planners With three-quarters of weddings postponed in 2020 and a mixed picture last year, 2022 is set to be the biggest year for nuptials since 1982. Three (out of 20) Yapp colleagues, alone, are tying the knot in the next six months. We've been advising on and supplying wedding wines […]
  4. Clos Montmarte
    Posted On: February 18th, 2022

    Clos Montmarte

    'Clos Montmarte' – A Marvel in a Metropolis Invitations from various vignerons to attend 'Wine Paris' a sizeable and diverse wine fair held at the 'Paris Expo' exhibition center in Porte de Versailles, that attracted 2,900 exhibitors, provided a perfect excuse to jump on the Eurostar and make for the City of Light. Held on […]
  5. Vagaries of Various Vintages
    Posted On: July 15th, 2021

    Vagaries of Various Vintages

    I have long been interested in the effects of climatic conditions and wine-making trends on the vinous output of any given vintage in any specific place. Some years seem blessed, yielding great tasting and long-lived wines in numerous locations. In other years conditions can be more challenging and you really have to sharpen your focus […]
  6. Honesty in Hindolveston
    Posted On: May 20th, 2021

    Honesty in Hindolveston

    I've enjoyed some marvellous culinary shopping experiences over the years – the maze of merchants at 'Eataly' in New York, the magnificent food halls of Harrods and Selfridges in London, the magic of the open market at the place aux Herbes in Uzès in the Gard, not to overlook my local 'The Frome Independent' which […]
  7. Pulp Fiction
    Posted On: March 19th, 2021

    Pulp Fiction

    Ever since my days as a wine trade rookie working for Oddbins in their late 1980s heyday I have been a fan of staff recommendations on hand written cards. There is something heartfelt and direct from an anonymous and genuine enthusiast that is the antithesis of corporate puff. They work equally well for books as […]
  8. Ten Quick Questions for a Wine Aficionado: #23. Neal Martin
    Posted On: January 19th, 2021

    Ten Quick Questions for a Wine Aficionado: #23. Neal Martin

    1. Was there a particular wine or experience that made you decide to pursue a career in the world of wine? Wine seemed more interesting than personal indemnity insurance. That and a bottle of 1982 Montrose. 2. You were famously hired by Robert Parker from your wonderfully independent, self-funded in 2006. Had you been […]
  9. Port and Christmas
    Posted On: December 8th, 2020

    Port and Christmas

    (Written by Grant Berry - Shop Manager) "The biggest problem with drinking port over Christmas is that it's a drink that perpetually arrives as a kind of bilious punctuation mark after a long procession of champagnes and wines. Port is such a good drink. It deserves a space of its own and perhaps, this year, […]
  10. Ten Quick Questions for a Wine Aficionado: #22. Charlotte Kristensen - The London Wine Girl
    Posted On: September 14th, 2020

    Ten Quick Questions for a Wine Aficionado: #22. Charlotte Kristensen - The London Wine Girl

    1. Did you gradually develop an interest in wine or was there a stand alone experience that sparked your enthusiasm? I enjoyed drinking wine casually in my early twenties but I didn't catch the wine bug until I took my WSET Level 3 in New York in 2018. I participated in a brilliant tasting group, […]

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