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Summer drinking (no sun required)

We can’t guarantee beautiful British weather over the bank holiday, but we can promise a way to fill your wine rack with some seriously tasty tipples. And if the lazy August days have made deciding on a wine a bit tricky, we've narrowed it down for you with our top...
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Book & Bottle #NovelPairing: A Gentleman in Moscow

After the Russian Revolution Count Alexander Illyich Rostov, aristocrat and bon vivant, is imprisoned in the luxurious Hotel Metropol. Not in his usual suite but a tiny attic. From here he watches the world change around him. Helping me choose a #NovelPairing for this charming chronicle are James Franklin from...
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Corney & Barrow Partners with Scottish Ballet

We believe ‘Life Rewards the Curious’ and this year we'll continue to support the Arts through a new partnership with Scottish Ballet, taking up the role of official wine sponsor. Scottish Ballet are a touring company, staging events world-wide.  Now their audiences will be able to enjoy wine which reflects the same...
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Corney and Barrow House Wine

Everybody needs a Corney & Barrow label. Keeping your prized bottles away from the younger generation? Looking to impress the new father-in- law? Or just a quiet evening meal. There is always a time and place for Corney & Barrow label wines. Our role is to make sure they excite...
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Roc through the ages…Roc de Cambes 1995 to 2015…

This tasting was a little while in the making, it was something I’ve wanted to do for some time. A conversation with the unique (word used properly) Francois Mitjavile while tasting the 2016s back in April and the seed was sown with the man that matters most. I must at this point...
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Belair-Monange and more…

Late June every other year sees VinExpo in Bordeaux…oddly I’ve never actually been to the main halls. This year we, a few of the team at C&B, got the invite to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Ets J.P.Moueix with whom we work very closely. We decided to do an “out and back”...
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6 Wines For Summer

How do you choose which wine to drink over summer? Sure, you could spend all day coming up with a perfect menu and planning what you're going to eat and match the flavours to your wine. Or you could take a look at your phone, check the weather and use...
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A very special occasion: A dinner with Bonneau du Martray

Last’s week dinner with Bonneau du Martray was a very special occasion. The wines are among the most magical whites produced in Burgundy, Jean Charles is among those gifted winemakers that is able to communicate the magic of soil and vines and there is a changing of the guard at...
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Bonneau du Martray dinner

I have worked with the Bonneau du Martray wines since the 2000 vintage so all the usual bias warnings apply here. This was a rather different dinner because it was a chance to say “au revoir” (but certainly not a full good bye) to Jean-Charles Le Bault de la Morinière...
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Book & Bottle #NovelPairing: The Great Gatsby

Dads are always being harangued with Hemingway and other macho choices.  The Great Gatsby is a book with heart -and broken hearts - and depths.  It shows how men struggle with masculinity and what’s expected of them and it shows that love can be redemptive (if we are brave).  If...
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