Archive for February, 2011

Octavian’s Corsham Cellars – Discovering why this is known as the UK’s best storage facility…

A windy and grey day in February could not have been a more perfect time for a Corney & Barrow trip underground. Myself and a few curious colleagues were on the mid-morning Bristol express with an afternoon ahead at Octavian’s storage facility in Corsham, Wiltshire. Our car pulled up at a...
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Domaine de la Romanée-Conti. A Very Special Dinner with Aubert de Villaine

It is always a treat to have Aubert de Villaine in the UK to show the Domaine’s wines but for a whole evening, over dinner, was a real privilege. The setting of the Drapers Hall (as recently seen in ‘The King's Speech’) was perfect.  We had Salon 1997 from magnum...
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Romanée-Saint-Vivant 1999-2009

What difference a couple of weeks can make. Two weeks previously I had been in Burgundy to collect samples for our Burgundy ’09 tasting. The vineyards were thick with frost and difficult to discern through freezing fog. As Adam Brett-Smith and I arrived later on in the month, the fog had...
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