November 16, 2017

Burgundy 2016 Vintage Notes

  Following a visit in September 2016, I wrote, “2016 is still on the vine, but the crop has been severely reduced by frost and then mildew. Losses range from around a third to the point where you wonder if it is worth sending in the pickers at all. And all...
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November 6, 2017

It’s Sherry Week!

It’s time to celebrate Sherry – one of the great misunderstood wines of the world. Here's some things you might not know... 1) Sherry comes from Jerez (or Xeres), in south-west Spain. It has to be made in the Andalucian triangle (Jerez de la Frontera, Sanlúcar de Barrameda and El Puerto de...
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November 1, 2017

Happy World Vegan Month!

November is World Vegan Month, a time to celebrate the Vegan Society and veganism all over the world! Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other...
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October 27, 2017

Bloody good wines!

The world of wine might seem quite daunting sometimes, maybe even a little bit on the scary side (BOO!), so we thought we'd ask the team to pick their favourite wines for the spooky season.   Jamie Morris, On-Trade Sales Wine Chianti Classico Terre di Prenzano by Vignamaggio 2015 Why "On the horror front,...
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October 20, 2017

Book & Bottle #NovelPairing: The Music Shop

Cheltenham hosts the world’s oldest literature festival but it’s far from stuffy. After last year’s hit Book & Bottle Salon with Lionel Shriver they invited us back to find a #NovelPairing for The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce who joined me on stage at The Daffodil with Rebecca Palmer from...
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October 11, 2017

9 Books to Read with Wine

Is there anything more pleasurable than curling up on an autumn day with a good book? Yes – but only when that book comes with wine. Snuggle up and uncork our perfect pairings.   The Mandibles & Terre de Lumiere Viognier The year is 2029, the American economy is collapsing, and the Mandible family is...
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October 3, 2017

Wine and watches together at last

Lovers of fine wine and watches gathered this summer to celebrate their joint passions, thanks to an exclusive event hosted by David Duggan Watches, Tudor watches and Corney & Barrow wine merchants. Since Tudor is Rolex’s younger, slightly less-well-known sibling, the idea behind the evening was to explore some hidden...
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September 28, 2017

The worthiest of wines

I’m interested to know where people buy wine? Do you add a bottle or two to your weekly supermarket shop? Are you signed up to a monthly wine club where you get a mystery mixed case delivered to your door? Or, like me, do you have a cellar plan at...
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September 25, 2017

Hanging with the Harlequins: Exclusive wine tasting at Queen’s Tennis Club

What makes a great rugby team? For Aaron Morris, Harlequins full-back, it’s all about getting to know your team mates, both on and off the training pitch. “When it comes down to the difficult parts of rugby, you need your teammates by your side. If you know him and his...
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September 20, 2017

Embracing your wedding daze

Planning your wedding. It’s all about the dress, the guest list, the venue, the theme, the photographer… the list goes on. Stress and spiralling costs might be the first two things that spring to mind when you think about weddings; but planning your big day should be fun, especially when...
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