Wine Knowledge

  1. Cover Story
    Posted On: March 9th, 2016

    Cover Story

    Our new 2016 wine list is hot off the press and after months of planning and preparation we are delighted with the results – so do let us know if you or a friend would like to receive a copy in the post.   Toby Ward - Yapp Brothers wine list 2016   Toby Ward joins a roll call of...
  2. Rhône 2014 vintage report & en primeur offer
    Posted On: January 25th, 2016

    Rhône 2014 vintage report & en primeur offer

    "2014 should have a place in cellars thanks to the delightful pleasure they can supply, both in the Northern and the Southern Rhône." John Livingstone-Learmonth, "...this vintage produced supple, charming, friendly and superficial efforts that will drink nicely right from the gate. The silver lining is the quality of the whites... these have good, although not great, levels of...
  3. Rhône 2014 Research – Day 3
    Posted On: October 26th, 2015

    Rhône 2014 Research – Day 3

    Southern Rhône - Day 3 Having left Tain L'Hermitage feeling a perceptible chill it was pleasing to head South into sunshine and pitch up at Le Vieux Donjon in Châteauneuf-du-Pape in positively Mediterranean warmth. The Northern and Southern Rhône vineyards may only be an hour's drive apart but they distinctly different in terms of climate, topography, geology and, of course...
  4. Rhône 2014 Research - Day 2
    Posted On: October 23rd, 2015

    Rhône 2014 Research - Day 2

    Northern Rhône - Day 2 An audience with Jean-Louis Chave at his HQ in Mauves is always a pleasure and he has a gift for succinctly describing the different facets of any given vintage. This is a fascinating insight into his fastidious attention to detail and profound understanding of the vine-holdings over which he presides. 2014 was a 'vintage of...
  5. Rhône 2014 Research - Day 1
    Posted On: October 21st, 2015

    Rhône 2014 Research - Day 1

    Northern Rhône - Day 1:     Having left home at an unearthly hour to catch a 7am flight to Lyon we touched down in chilly mists. after an hour's drive south to Ampuis the clouds parted and we were treated to a vista of vines in glorious sunshine. On the steep La Viallière vineyard to the North of Côte-Rôtie...
  6. Bring out your dead – The Bunch dinner
    Posted On: September 25th, 2015

    Bring out your dead – The Bunch dinner

    On the eve of Bunch Wines Group Press tasting, all six members traditionally enjoy a dinner that also serves as an informal AGM. This year the chosen venue was the excellent Medlar restaurant on the New Kings Road. Unfortunately, Medlar (a) isn't close to a tube station, (b) it was raining heavily and (c) Chelsea were playing a Champions League...
  7. Bonaparte's Beverages
    Posted On: August 24th, 2015

    Bonaparte's Beverages

    With the recent bicentennial of the battle of Waterloo a lot of people have been banging on about Napoleon Bonaparte being a tactical genius who never lost a battle to a weaker force which is all very well but hardly anyone touches upon the more interesting topic of what he liked to drink.     Napoleon’s first commission, at the...
  8. (Wine) Temperature Control
    Posted On: July 10th, 2015

    (Wine) Temperature Control

    It is a sad fact that most of the wine served and consumed in the UK is not drunk at its optimum temperature. We tend to drink our white and rosé wines too cold and our red wines too warm. Pubs and bars are complicit in the case of over-chilling as the colder a wine is the less well one...
  9. Spotlight on Domaine Champet
    Posted On: June 22nd, 2015

    Spotlight on Domaine Champet

      Emile Champet - by the Rhône at Verenay beneath the Côte Brune, circa 1970. In response to a barrage of queries from an American wine journalist I have been rifling through our cellars, my old note books and photograph archives as well as grilling my father for arcane facts about the Champet family's vine holdings and our trading history...
  10. On the Level
    Posted On: June 5th, 2015

    On the Level

    Ullage is a great old British word referring to the ‘amount a vessel lacks in fullness’ or to put it another way how much is missing. In wine terms there should always be a degree of intentional and expected ullage as bottles are never completely filled. Even a newly-bottled wine should have a gap of around 1 or 2 centimetres...

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