February 1, 2016

Domaine Jacques Prieur 2014 Vintage

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Very recently we were privileged to be able to welcome Domaine Jacques Prieur through our doors. Edouard Labruyere was in London to take us through his magnificent wines and we hosted a special dinner in his honour. Below Will Hargrove recounts the events of the week. This blog post was...
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January 28, 2016

One Man And 10 Vintages of DRC

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This blog originally appeared on Duvault-Blochet. Our Head of Fine Wine, Will Hargrove, gets to go to some pretty special tasting, this was definitely up there.   This tasting is very probably the most special and unique tasting I will ever do. I thought long and hard about whether to post this...
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January 20, 2016

Taste In The Tower: The Unexpected Stars

The Tower of London was a magnificent setting for our Burgundy tasting

[caption id="attachment_4810" align="aligncenter" width="500"] The Tower of London was a magnificent setting for our Burgundy tasting[/caption] The new Burgundy vintage is always a time for excitement, 2014 is no different. No other region in the world can evoke the same sense of wonder and anticipation. As with any region, it can...
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January 13, 2016

5 Reasons Why Chardonnay Is The Best Grape Variety Ever

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  From humble beginnings, this grape variety has captured the imagination of generations. Not always in a good way. So here’s a brief timeline of how Chardonnay took over the world. It Only Exists Thanks To An Accident Like so many things in life, the best things happen by accident. Thanks to University...
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January 6, 2016

Pinot Noir, An Ode To A Fickle Grape

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Pinot Noir doesn’t play ball. Not by modern standards anyway. It takes a specific climate to get the best out of it. Cool and dry. Not to mention the soil. But it can also hold the biggest reward for winemakers. For virtually every winemaker worth their salt, it’s worth the...
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December 30, 2015

15 Party Tricks That Open Wine Bottles (and a bonus way for beer)

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[caption id="attachment_4773" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Photo Credit: heanster via Compfight cc[/caption] We’ve all been there. You've got a bottle in your hand and can't find a corkscrew. You could be at a party or just lacking in the corkscrew department. What a nightmare. Well now you won’t have to give up. With...
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December 23, 2015

5 Things You’ll See In 2016 (And 5 You Won’t)

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Take a look at what lies ahead for next year... What You’ll See In 2016 Strange sounding grape varieties As weather, pricing and availability put the squeeze on traditional varieties and regions there will be much more air time given to traditional varieties from areas you may not be familiar with. Think Assyrtiko,...
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December 16, 2015

The 10 Ultimate Last Minute Gifts For Wine Lovers

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They can seem a difficult bunch to buy for but don’t fret! The wine lover in your life will love these presents. We’ve hand-picked, from the best of the internet, last minute presents for wine lovers. There are gifts to suit all budgets and best of all you don’t even...
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December 9, 2015

Top 10 Instagram accounts for wine lovers

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We love Instagram! It’s so fun seeing an insight into wine that you don’t normally see. If you aren’t following us already, make sure you do. Then check off each of these 10 essential Instagram accounts for wine lovers. Follow us to see what it's like to be around...
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December 2, 2015

What I learned about cult wines by not drinking one

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Two glasses after I decided I may as well finish the bottle of PSI I had for the evening, I wondered if I should have just written down a tasting note. Instead of noting down the astonishing array of flavours I’d come across, I wondered whether I’d had a peek...
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