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 Hall in the City of London when a diverse group of talented, independent producers from celebrated estates in Champagne, the Loire, Rhône, Provence and Corsica will join us in the famous 'Five Kings' Hall' for an evening of tasting and discussion. There is nothing better than sampling a wine with the individual who actually produced it so that promises to be great fun – there are still some tickets available at the time of writing. A further inducement is that our good friend the renowned author and illustrator John Burningham will be on hand to sign and dedicate copies of his fabulous new book on Champagne, a gift that any wine lover would appreciate.
On Friday lunchtime I will be joining my old chum Jonathan Ray in the boardroom at the Spectator Magazine along with Patricia Teiller of Domaine Jean Teiller in Menetou-Salon for an informal lunch and tutored tasting of her marvellous Sauvignon and Pinot Noirs. That should be informative and enjoyable in equal measure and further details can be found here:
Next week I will be back at Roth Bar & Grill in Bruton, Somerset on Thursday 19th November for a Tour de France wine tasting and dinner where I will be pairing some of my personal favourites with a seasonal menu comprised of locally-sourced ingredients. Anyone in the vicinity who enjoys fine food and wine and contemporary art should sign up for that with alacrity as our last outing there was a triumph.
At the end of the month on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th November we will be out in force at our picturesque HQ here in Mere for our popular pre-Christmas Wine Tasting and Sale when we will have over 30 wines open for sampling and available for purchase at discounted prices.
All of which is a rather long-winded way of saying that we hope to see you very soon wherever it suits you best. It's always worth making time for good wine and good company.