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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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.    ...
  9. Six Wines I've Enjoyed the Most Recently
    Posted On: July 15th, 2016

    Six Wines I've Enjoyed the Most Recently

    One of the frustrating things about a career in the wine trade is that my family and friends are convinced that I spend most of my waking hours discoursing over fine wines in upmarket eateries while they are putting in hard graft at the rock face. It's very disheartening to return, exhausted, from a buying trip to be asked: How...
  10. Jura
    Posted On: April 6th, 2016

    Jura

    We have been tracking the rising interest in Jura wines for some time, tasting them whenever we could and awaiting an opportunity to visit this unspoilt region on France's eastern frontier. Our chance arrived just before Easter, as we found ourselves only an hour away in Beaune for the Grands Jours de Bourgogne and decided to head to Arbois for...

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