September 23, 2015

Clos de Tart – Sylvain hands over the reins…


What an evening! The 2015 harvest was all in and by all accounts looks superb at Clos de Tart as Sylvain Pitiot passes the baton to Jacques Devauges, formerly of Domaine de L'Arlot and Clos de Vougeraie. We were a small gathering including many luminaries of the wine world, meeting on...
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September 9, 2015

Eat seasonally, drink seasonally – Autumn wines worth waiting for


O Autumn, laden with fruit, and stain'd
 with the blood of the grape, pass not, but sit 
beneath my shady roof; there thou may'st rest…  William Blake We have taken a literal reading of the opening to Blake’s ‘To Autumn’, as September is generally the month of the grape harvest in...
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August 24, 2015

Premox – the elephant in the room


20 years ago, with the 1995 vintage, the issue of premox (premature oxidation) first arose in white Burgundy. Initially it was thought that only a few producers were affected. As it turned out, no one was immune and though there are now a decreasing amount of incidences, premox continues to...
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August 18, 2015

Yes, wine in cocktails is okay

Devonshire Terrace C&B Bar wine cocktails

There’s a certain stigma surrounding wine in cocktails. Maybe people have just not tasted a good one..? Perhaps you don’t want to use your favourite wine and that’s fair. And we don’t recommend mixing with a pricey Bordeaux or the like... Seriously though, wine cocktails can be great. Here we celebrate the...
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August 6, 2015

Picnics & wine


We all love a picnic. According to Wikipedia, the first usage of the word in print can be traced back to 1692, in Tony Willis’s Origines de la Langue Française, in which he mentions the term ‘pique-nique’ as being of recent origin.[1] The interesting part is that the term ‘picnic’ originally described...
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July 30, 2015

Why champagne is worth celebrating

Champagne Delamotte bottles sitting on a table in the sun

Ah champagne. Lovely, bubbly, delicious, historic, prestigious, luxurious champagne. There is no substitute. Yes, of course we love Prosecco and other sparklers – especially English ones! But the popping of a champagne cork is something uniquely special. Champagne bottles are the armoured tanks of the glass world, as they have to contain the enormous pressure the...
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July 23, 2015

Summer party tips & tricks


So, you’ve sent out your invites and are now preparing for your summer party. But with a load of friends potentially coming, how much wine should you serve and what type? If the weather is hot (fingers crossed), how can you chill the large amount of drinks and for how...
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July 15, 2015

Piedmont – Conterno & Negri


My favourite producer trip every year will not surprise anyone anyone who knows me. It is the one where we go to see and taste with Roberto Conterno at Cantina Giacomo Conterno in Piedmont. This year I have been there twice within a month for tastings, which is a rare treat. Often...
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May 21, 2015

Domaine de Chevalier Vertical: Drinking history…

Domaine de Chevalier bottle label and image of the cavaliar on the foil cap

The place: Bonhams new restaurant (more about that later). The wines: a vertical of Domaine de Chevalier. Blanc – 1986, 1976, 1975, 1970, 1967, 1966, 1964 and 1962 Rouge – 1964, 1961, 1960, 1959, 1955, 1953, 1952, 1947, 1929 All the wines were generously donated by a private collector. This could easily have become...
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May 13, 2015

Tenuta di Biserno dinner 23/04/15 with the Marchese Lodovico Antinori

Biserno dinner with the MArchese Lodovico Antinori - line-up of wines

I have a 'bucket list' of winemakers that I would like to meet. Marchese Lodovico Antinori features high on the list so you can imagine my excitement when I heard he was attending a dinner to introduce the newest vintage of Tenuta di Biserno. [caption id="attachment_4374" align="alignnone" width="461"] Biserno dinner line-up[/caption] A...
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