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  1. Stand up for SITT
    Posted On: February 28th, 2011

    Stand up for SITT

    The start of our trade event season for 2011 began this week with our hosting a stand at The Specialist Importers Trade Tasting event (SITT) 2011 in Manchester (Monday) and London (Wednesday). We have worked at this event for the past couple of years and watched it grow into an already much talked about interesting show for the smaller, specialist...
  2. Catalonian Counter-Culture
    Posted On: February 16th, 2011

    Catalonian Counter-Culture

    It is interesting how authors, actors, artists and musicians can arrive on the scene by breaking barriers and pushing people out of their comfort zone one day and then, in what seems like no time at all, they are perceived as National Treasures who are fondly regarded by one and all. What challenges the established order one day can soon...
  3. En Conversion!
    Posted On: February 7th, 2011

    En Conversion!

    The final leg of our buying trip begins in Faugères, an up and coming AOC that sits atop an impressive bedrock of schist, north of Beziers.  Château des Estanilles is an estate that has recently changed hands and the good news is that the pioneering work of Michel Louison is being augmented by Julien Seydoux, an enthusiastic and independent-thinking young...
  4. Coast to Coast
    Posted On: February 4th, 2011

    Coast to Coast

    After a hugely informative, if fairly exhausting, visit to the Salon des Vins de Loire we headed south to Bordeaux for a spot of castle-creeping with the Baron and Baroness d’Anglade at Chateau d’Abzac. As any fule knows it is relatively easy to source good, classed growth Bordeaux but you get what you pay for. What is considerably more difficult...
  5. Look Back in Angers
    Posted On: February 1st, 2011

    Look Back in Angers

    A freezing fog-bound Parc des Expositions at 9.00am The annual Salon des Vins de Loire takes place at the end of January takes place in the unprepossessing but functional Parc des Expositions in Angers and is always an informative affair.  While a mid-winter gathering is convenient for winemakers, it can make for a chilly and challenging tasting programme for...
  6. Autumnal Traditions
    Posted On: December 1st, 2010

    Autumnal Traditions

    We’ve been hosting Autumn wine tastings for the Oxford and Cambridge colleges for many moons.  On my very first venture to Oxford 10 years ago with Robin (Yapp), no sooner had we set up the tasting in preparation for the arrival of the dons than he rushed me off to the Covered Market to seek out the excellent gamebutchers, Hedges. ...
  7. Wine Growers’ Tasting at Vintners’ Hall
    Posted On: November 17th, 2010

    Wine Growers’ Tasting at Vintners’ Hall

    There are few wine tasting venues that can match the regal splendour of Vintners’ Hall in the City of London and we are inordinately grateful to the Vintners’ Company for allowing us to visit periodically. Bedecked in oak panelling and dazzling with silverware amassed over 6 centuries this is a great setting for a wine tasting especially when the wine...
  8. Rhône Reconnaissance (Day 4)
    Posted On: November 9th, 2010

    Rhône Reconnaissance (Day 4)

    Jean-Pierre Meffre - Domaine Saint Gayan It’s our final day in the Rhône valley and we are beginning to flag a little as we wend our way out of Orange once again at 8.30am.  We’ve long since given up trying to convince friends and family that tasting wine is an arduous task, but you can have too much of...
  9. Rhône Reconnaissance (Day 3)
    Posted On: November 8th, 2010

    Rhône Reconnaissance (Day 3)

    Fortified by a superb dinner at Guy Julien’s truffle-orientated restaurant ‘Le Beaugravière’ in Montdragon (which has a legendary Rhône wine list) we arrived in Châteauneuf-du-Pape on Wednesday morning greeted by a blue sky and southern sunshine. At Le Vieux Donjon Marie-José Michel and her daughter Claire gave us a warm welcome and the happy news that the Rhône 2009 vintage...
  10. Rhône Reconnaissance (Day 2)
    Posted On: November 3rd, 2010

    Rhône Reconnaissance (Day 2)

    (Continuing the voyage down the Rhône valley this week, to catch up with vigneron friends and get an insight into the Rhône 2009 vintage). Domaine Jean-Louis Chave is a key reference point for the entire Rhône valley, and securing an audience with Jean-Louis himself is never easy.  Space precludes going into too much detail here, but the red Chave Hermitage...

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