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  1. Burgundian Bliss
    Posted On: May 12th, 2014

    Burgundian Bliss

    The Château at Aloxe-Corton   I’ve always enjoyed working in the wine trade, there’s no secret there but I enjoy days when my Outlook calendar tells me that there’s a Marketing Meeting in the morning and a staff tasting in the afternoon. Once a quarter we have a review when all the Yapp team convene at our HQ in...
  2. Reality Check
    Posted On: April 14th, 2014

    Reality Check

      To Tobacco Dock for the Real Wine Fair - a convivial gathering of international wine-makers who commendably lean towards minimal intervention in the vineyard and cellar and eschew chemical pesticides and fertilizers. This Bacchanalian bun-fight is (extremely well) run by our old chums at Les Caves de Pyrene and was born out of the inaugural Natural Wine Fair in...
  3. Pick of the Bunch
    Posted On: April 4th, 2014

    Pick of the Bunch

    Further to last Monday’s posting about the most recent gathering of the Bunch we are delighted that Victoria Moore offered her readers the opportunity to sample a cross-section of her favourite wines from the Bunch in Saturday’s Telegraph.     This diverse dozen is comprised of six redoubtable reds, four elegant, still, dry whites an unimpeachable Provençal rosé and a...
  4. Bunch Lunch
    Posted On: March 31st, 2014

    Bunch Lunch

    The Bunch is a convivial group of wine merchants who got together in the early 1990s with a view to promoting the independent wine trade, protecting consumer interests (in the wake of some scandalous business failures) and enjoying each other's company over a few decent bottles of wine. The founding fathers have now all retired and, like an enduring rock...
  5. Spring Tasting and Bin End Sale
    Posted On: March 27th, 2014

    Spring Tasting and Bin End Sale

    Four times a year we throw open the doors to Yapp HQ and host one of our ever-popular sale and wine tastings. This Saturday, 29th March, it’s our perennially popular Spring Bin End Sale where we endeavour to create some cellar space for forthcoming vintages.     We’re in full swing getting ready this week, and we’ve already selected some...
  6. The 2012 Rhône Vintage Report Part 4: Domaine de Trévallon
    Posted On: February 26th, 2014

    The 2012 Rhône Vintage Report Part 4: Domaine de Trévallon

    At the end of last year after a whistle-stop trip down the Rhône sampling the promising 2012 vintage Jason Yapp took the opportunity to catch up with Antoine Dürrbach in the stunning new winery at his family's celebrated Domaine de Trévallon in Provence.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDS1SUC05aQ   The 2012 vintage looks to be 'bien classique' with all the components to age...
  7. Blind Man's Buff
    Posted On: February 4th, 2014

    Blind Man's Buff

    The Broughton Gifford Wine Club (the BGWC) meets fairly sporadically but meets all the same as it’s an excuse to get everyone out for an evening, break the routines – and, well, eat, drink and be merry. Normally there’s a theme – we’ve journeyed along the Rhône (although we’d did it south to north not the way the river flows...
  8. Domaine Auguste Clape
    Posted On: December 23rd, 2013

    Domaine Auguste Clape

    Auguste Clape is a legendary figure amongst Rhône wine makers renowned for his wry wit, wisdom, modesty and unparalleled track record in producing a succession of outstanding wines of incredible longevity. He worked his first harvest in Cornas back in 1949 and over the ensuing 6 decades has accrued an unrivalled knowledge of the appellation. Having recently undergone a hip...
  9. The ‘Other’ Big Event – The Yapp Christmas Wine Tasting & Sale
    Posted On: November 28th, 2013

    The ‘Other’ Big Event – The Yapp Christmas Wine Tasting & Sale

    Our 'not to be missed' Christmas Sale where over 30 wines will be open for tasting and on offer so that you can 'try before you buy'. It provides a fabulous opportunity to stock up for the Festive Season! For the past few years, the one event for me that personally triggered thoughts that Christmas really was coming never was...
  10. The 2012 Rhône Vintage Report Part 2: Condrieu & Côte Rôtie
    Posted On: November 20th, 2013

    The 2012 Rhône Vintage Report Part 2: Condrieu & Côte Rôtie

    "While most of France's major wine regions struggled in 2012, the Rhône stands apart. Vintners are positive after a growing season and harvest marked by dry, sunny weather and well-timed rains." James Molesworth - The Wine Spectator Having read extensive reports about the success of the 2012 vintage in the Rhône Valley over recent months it was a great pleasure...

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