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  1. Ho, Ho and Thrice Ho - The Yapp Christmas Tasting and Sale
    Posted On: November 25th, 2015

    Ho, Ho and Thrice Ho - The Yapp Christmas Tasting and Sale

    Benjamin Franklin said there were only two things certain in life: death and taxes – but there is a third certainty, and as much as I try and pretend it's not happening my children will not let me forget that Christmas is on the near horizon. My son is after numerous gizmos for Christmas that changes daily on which particular...
  2. Home and Away - November 2015
    Posted On: November 11th, 2015

    Home and Away - November 2015

      Now that we have got Halloween and Bonfire Night behind us it is a busy time of year here at Yapp Brothers, our Christmas offers went live last week and, after extensive barrel tasting in France last month, we publish our full 'Rhône Report' on the 2014 vintage this week.That will coincide with our popular Wine-makers Tasting at Vintner's...
  3. Going, Going, Gong
    Posted On: July 20th, 2015

    Going, Going, Gong

    The International Wine Challenge Merchant Awards has been a routine fixture in the Yapp calendar for many a year and we're also now acclimatised to the summer slot in July for the ceremony having moved from later in the year.     It's always good fun to be part of the proceedings and digging out the black tie and DJ...
  4. Out And About
    Posted On: June 16th, 2015

    Out And About

    As we head towards the summer solstice we're not donning druid attire here at Yapp HQ but preparing for our habitual Summer Wine Tasting and Sale, and getting out on the road.  If you are around Wiltshire this weekend, there's our Summer Wine Tasting and Sale to tempt you here in Mere on Saturday 20th June - 9.30am to 5.00pm...
  5. Spring Selections at Le Gavroche
    Posted On: May 15th, 2015

    Spring Selections at Le Gavroche

    To 43 Upper Brook Street, Mayfair in my least constrictive suitings to meet Silvano Giraldin, Michel Roux and super sommelier David Galetti to select the menu and wines for our keenly-anticipated Spring Lunch next Thursday. If I had £1 for every time I've been told that I have an enviably cushy job and that this doesn't constitute proper work I'd...
  6. The Lionheart Roars Again
    Posted On: March 24th, 2015

    The Lionheart Roars Again

    On Sunday we once again opened the doors of Yapp HQ to host a feeding station on the route of the Lionheart Sportive (http://humanrace.co.uk/events/cycling/lionheart-sportive) where over 1000 riders clad in various shades of lycra appeared like a swarm of near biblical proportions.     We'd stocked up well with Vin de Pays de Vaucluse: Le Petit Caboche 2013 from the...
  7. David Chandler’s Urban Sketching
    Posted On: March 18th, 2015

    David Chandler’s Urban Sketching

    We were delighted to play host last Saturday to our good friend and frequent collaborator the artist David Chandler - whose work you may recognise from our seasonal offer leaflets and new ‘own label’ wines. David tutors a group of urban sketchers of various ages and denominations who all share a passion for drawing the built environment.     He...
  8. The Real Thing
    Posted On: March 5th, 2015

    The Real Thing

      Last Saturday saw the great, and the very good indeed, on display at the Saatchi Gallery in London when the Robert Parker Matter of Taste road-show came to town. This event featured over 200 wines from around the world, the ‘only’ requirement for entry being that they needed to have scored 90 or more points in Robert Parker’s ‘Wine...
  9. Loire 2014 Vintage Update - Part 2
    Posted On: February 9th, 2015

    Loire 2014 Vintage Update - Part 2

    Two further days of tastings and meetings in the Loire focused on the Touraine. The format of tastings in a region that incorporates diverse AOCs can be polarised.     For example, a visit to Didier & Nadège Aubert in Vouvray incorporated sec, demi-sec, sweet and sparkling versions of Vouvray (Chenin blanc) in multiple vintages. Didier pulled the cork on...
  10. Loire 2014 Vintage Update
    Posted On: February 3rd, 2015

    Loire 2014 Vintage Update

    The annual Salon des Vins de Loire at the Parc d'Expositions in Angers at the beginning of February is a great opportunity to meet multiple wine makers under one roof, catch up on their news and sample their latest offerings.     After two vintages when volumes were down in 2012 and 2013 the atmosphere was upbeat as growers along...

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