January 11, 2017

Jumbo of death? Not anymore!


Now that may seem a little dramatic as titles go but there is good reason. The “Jumbo of death” used to – still does sometimes – pop up in the office as a regular topic. You know the old “what/who would you select to be on a jumbo that you...
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January 6, 2017

Damian Barr’s Eighth #NovelPairing: The Hotel New Hampshire


As months go, January is the darkest – almost as dark as this highly eccentric coming of age classic.  Happily, ‘The Hotel New Hampshire’ is also hilarious.  Helping Damian choose our #NovelPairing are James Franklin from Corney & Barrow and Simon Heafield from Foyles. [caption id="attachment_5324" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Helping Damian choose...
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January 4, 2017

Burgundy 2015: Vintage Report


The 2015 growing season was a meeting of extremes. The summer heat left its stamp on the fruit, with succulent, ripe flavours pervading the wines. There are substantial tannins in the reds thanks to thick grape skins, although they are supple, almost without exception. There is freshness and poise too, due...
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January 3, 2017

Organic Wine: Your Questions Answered

Vines at Domaine Olivier Leflaive

Organic food is healthier, tastes better and better for the environment. That’s pretty much where we’re at for your run of the mill supermarket run. [caption id="attachment_4865" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Vines at Domaine Olivier Leflaive[/caption] But considering wine is also a natural product, farmed just like your vegetables, there has been remarkably less noise...
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December 28, 2016

English Sparkling Wine – the perfect fit for New Year’s Eve


After being squished into their distinctive mushroom shape and holding firm like the Thames Barrier against the 5 or 6 atmospheres of pressure fighting to escape, the arrival of December represents the opportunity to escape if you’re a sparkling wine cork residing in warehouses, cellars or shops in the UK....
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December 19, 2016

Ice Cream and Pedro Ximenez: Just Desserts

ice cream

Dessert wines are a tricky bunch. Speak to anyone who works for a wine company and by and large you’ll get choruses of agreement: Dessert wines are lovely. The same with Riesling and the same with Sherry. Once you’re out in the real world, there’s a slight differing of opinion....
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December 19, 2016

How To Tell If A Wine Is Ready To Drink

Our Head of Fine Wine, Will Hargrove, has a specific way of telling if a wine is ready to drink. This is how he does it. ...
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December 15, 2016

Top 5 Christmas film and wine pairings


There’s no time like Christmas time. The twinkling of tree lights, the incredible aromas wafting from the kitchen, the lovely hubbub as family and friends gather, and, of course, the happy clink of glasses. To make the most of the festive season, discover our top five Christmas film and wine pairings! 1....
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December 14, 2016

A dinner with Bastien Tardieu at 28-50 Fetter Lane


Article written by Will Hargrove, our Head of Fine Wine. Find out more on his blog This dinner ten days ago was one I had been massively looking forward to. I love the wines from The Tardieu family. 28-50 Fetter Lane did a really great job of hosting the dinner, efficient but understated service...
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December 12, 2016

Shooting The Christmas Brochure

We had a great time filming the Christmas brochure, it just happened to be on the hottest day of the year. ...
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