1. Spotlight on Domaine Champet
    Posted On: June 22nd, 2015

    Spotlight on Domaine Champet

      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 with them. We first shipped wines from Emile Champet […]
  2. Blind Tasting Reveal & Competition Results
    Posted On: November 12th, 2014

    Blind Tasting Reveal & Competition Results

    Great to see so many Yapp customers at our tasting at Vintners' Hall on Tuesday evening, many of whom gamely had a crack at identifying our blind wine. We never find blind tasting easy (indeed, it's often humbling), but it keeps one match-fit and focuses the mind.     The wine was Patrick Jasmin's Côte […]
  3. 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 […]
  4. Côte Rôtie Face-off
    Posted On: February 1st, 2012

    Côte Rôtie Face-off

    Long before I met my wife she belonged to a Wine Club in Cardiff, not that I think really this was for genuine oenophiles but more of a social club where the cheese got as much attention as the wine. It was though by all accounts great fun and had a loyal following. At one […]
  5. Rhône Reconnaissance – Day 2
    Posted On: October 20th, 2011

    Rhône Reconnaissance – Day 2

    Another pre-dawn awakening as we shuttled up a fog-bound Autoroute de Soleil to make our first appointment in Côte Rôtie at 10.00am. We found gregarious patron Joel Champet talking up the merits of the 2010 vintage as well as the prospects of ‘Les Bleues’ in this weekend’s Rugby World Cup Final: "they have nothing to […]
  6. Bistro du Vin – Soho
    Posted On: July 6th, 2011

    Bistro du Vin – Soho

    To Dean Street in Soho last Wednesday for the opening of the latest outpost of the Bistro du Vin and Bar. This is a simple but ingenious concept which is basically the same well-tested offering as the Hotel du Vin but without the bedrooms. The emphasis is on simple menus using great quality ingredients coupled […]
  7. Rhône Reconnaissance (Day 1)
    Posted On: November 2nd, 2010

    Rhône Reconnaissance (Day 1)

    Tom and I are making a whistle-stop voyage down the Rhône valley this week to catch up with vigneron friends and get an insight into the Rhône 2009 vintage, of which we have heard great promise. After driving south from Lyon in heavy rain on Sunday evening we started tasting bright and early on Monday in […]
  8. Dinner in the Boardroom
    Posted On: October 8th, 2009

    Dinner in the Boardroom

    At Yapp Brothers we are blessed with a spacious boardroom which is used for many meetings but few of them are as convivial as last night's dinner for Accenture and Vodafone Business Intelligence. Our old friend Clive Greenhalgh, patron of the Ambassador restaurant, cajoled us into opening our cellars after hours while he set up […]
  9. Fyne Wynes at Ye Olde Watling
    Posted On: August 20th, 2009

    Fyne Wynes at Ye Olde Watling

    If the assembled wine-tasters from Baltimore-based asset management company, T Rowe Price, would rather have been in the park on the finest summer evening this year, they weren't letting on.  Instead, shoe-horned into an upstairs room in this traditional City boozer, they proved to be a model audience and even threw in some tricky questions […]
  10. Rhône Ramble with Jonathan Ray - Day 2
    Posted On: May 22nd, 2009

    Rhône Ramble with Jonathan Ray - Day 2

    On Day 2 of our Rhône trip, we schlepped north to Côte-Rôtie for a protracted barrel tasting with our old chum Patrick Jasmin. Harvesting here was a tough job in 2008 and Patrick had to pick his grapes in 3 different stages to obtain optimum ripeness. An early sampling of Patrick’s 2008 revealed a lightish, […]

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