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  1. 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'!   Forest Hill Vineyards - Guy Lyons  ...
  2. Rhône 2016-17: Field Work
    Posted On: October 25th, 2017

    Rhône 2016-17: Field Work

    Field work is invaluable. A two-day visit to the Rhône valley last week reminded me of this fact. Sure, we knew that the 2016 vintage had been excellent in the Southern Rhône, potentially surpassing the ubiquitously good 2015, but what about in the North and the 2017 vintage for that matter?     Our first stop was in Côte Rôtie...
  3. International Wine Challenge Awards 2017
    Posted On: July 10th, 2017

    International Wine Challenge Awards 2017

    The UK's annual wine equivalent of the BAFTAs took place on a sweltering evening last Thursday (6th July). With the temperature more suited to flip flops and shorts than black tie, a thousand or so wine industry brethren and sistren congregated at Park Lane's Hilton hotel to find out if they had picked up a gong and, more generally, gossip...
  4. Michelin Star
    Posted On: March 8th, 2017

    Michelin Star

    Here at Yapp Brothers we believe there is a strong affinity between art and wine and we have a long and proud history of commissioning original artwork to illustrate our annual list. This year our friend the artist David Chandler has excelled himself with a collection of images that really evoke our peregrinations across la france profonde over almost half...
  5. What price an acre of arable land?
    Posted On: January 25th, 2017

    What price an acre of arable land?

    I don't think my farming friends quite believe me when I say that agricultural land in France can change hands for £2m per acre, but it is certainly now the case. Champagne and Bordeaux are well used to wine estates under the ownership of large corporations but, in recent years, several transactions in the more bucolic settings of Burgundy and...
  6. Rhône 2015 Research – Day 3
    Posted On: November 2nd, 2016

    Rhône 2015 Research – Day 3

    The final leg of our Rhône 2015 trip featured the South. The degrees always seem to climb and the sunglasses come out once one passes Valence and a flatter, warmer landscape takes shape.   Yves Cheron   First stop Vacqueyras, where Yves Cheron and right-hand man Jerome Cartier took us through their reliable range of domaine and negoçiant wines which...
  7. Rhône 2015 Research - Day 2
    Posted On: October 24th, 2016

    Rhône 2015 Research - Day 2

    Our tasting tour continued in style on our second day with a coveted appointment at Domaine Jean-Louis Chave where the eponymous patron gave us a warm welcome in the autumn sunshine before we descended to his subterranean cellars.   Jean-Louis Chave   Jean-Louis was pretty stoic about losing a significant percentage of the potential 2016 harvest to a fierce hailstorm...
  8. Rhône 2015 Research - Day 1
    Posted On: October 19th, 2016

    Rhône 2015 Research - Day 1

    I understand the concept of modern air travel, but still find it slightly unsettling that one can turn off a spur of the M4 at 5.00am and be tasting Côte Rôtie in a cellar in Ampuis before coffee.   Rhône 2015 research - en route   Arriving at Domaine Champet, Joël, Max & Romain were hard at it pressing the...
  9. Rhône Value
    Posted On: September 19th, 2016

    Rhône Value

    Rhône wines continue to offer outstanding value across the board. OK, we declare our partiality at the outset of this piece. We are Rhône lovers, Rhône merchants and, for the umpteenth time, IWC Rhône Merchant of the Year. But allow us, at least, to make our case. Northern Rhône wines (which count for just 10% of the whole region's production...
  10. Pukka Provenance
    Posted On: August 14th, 2016

    Pukka Provenance

    The T-shirt in the photograph is a fake. I am certain of this as I printed it myself to see if I could create a print that would 'pass' as being genuine. You can deduce from this that I should get out more but also that appearances can be deceptive and that counterfeiting is a potentially lucrative occupation.    ...

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