Dinners & Tastings Archive

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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Domaine de Chevalier Vertical: Drinking history…

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

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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Bordeaux 2014 en primeur tastings: Day 7 – ‘Fin’

So the last day dawned, a beautiful day for tasting with a fresh temperature and little cloud cover. This was nice timing as the first stop was Petrus. To a certain degree it is a nerve wracking pace to taste because the expectation is very high, there was nothing to...
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Bordeaux 2014 en primeur tastings: Day 6

Finally a morning came with no rain! It was however a very early start with a tour and tasting at Les Carmes Haut-Brion a property we have followed for some time now. They have a totally new set up being built that should see the great progress at this estate...
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Bordeaux 2014 en primeur tastings: Day 5

With the wonderful dinner from the night before having possibly affected the quality of sleep there was a slight weariness as we embarked on the trip to the Union de Grand Crus (UGC) tasting of the Margaux commune. We also managed to be 30 minutes early, this would not normally...
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Bordeaux 2014 en primeur tastings: Day 4

Having negotiated an early breakfast, though sadly no hot eggs and bacon, at 7am we were off and running by 7.30 heading up to Branire-Ducru for the first visit of the day. [caption id="attachment_4314" align="aligncenter" width="384"] Rubbish weather at Branaire[/caption] The snoring from the back row started early but fortunately never became...
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Bordeaux 2014 en primeur tastings: Day 3 – Drizzle and mist…

An early Sunday departure at 8.30am, with an hour lost to the clock change was a nervous one as Mr Marus had not the chance to make a baguette to be sure of surviving the morning (he needs a regular intake of food) as the bread had not arrived by...
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Bordeaux 2014 en primeur tastings: Day 2 – ‘To short-sleeved sweater or to not’ that is the question…

These trips tend to quickly slot into a pattern very quickly. The 'van' seemed to instantly organise itself into rows by body type, with the lean and tall taking the middle row and the chairman at the helm - the more generously proportioned (myself firmly included) in the back where...
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Bordeaux 2014 en primeur tastings: Day 1

Following a painfully early alarm call it was the 8am flight to Bordeaux for Alison, Paul, Guy and your blogger Will… The meeting point had to be Jamie’s at Gatwick for a stamina giving breakfast. Once we landed in Bordeaux and met the wagon that would be our office-from-the-office for the next...
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