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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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The Unstoppable Rise Of English Sparkling Wine

Celebrate English Wine Week with Wiston Estate! It all started in the 1970s. Pip Goring, newly married to Harry the current owner of Wiston Estate, wanted to plant vineyards to remind her of her youth in Cape Town. The deemed vines too difficult to grow at that point. Though Pip never...
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Top 5 vegetarian and vegan wines

It might be surprising to learn that not all wine is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.  Our simple guide helps you understand what you can drink. How do you know if a wine is vegetarian or vegan? To know whether a wine is a vegetarian or vegan, you need to look at...
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Dinner at The Savoy tasting De Vogue 1999s…

There aren’t many top producers that I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy as often – both tasting and drinking – as Domaine Comte Georges de Vogue. There are therefore a lot of write-ups on this site, many can be found here and most are down to the wonderful generosity of...
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Perfect Pairing: Family recipes by Chateau La Tour de l’Eveque

Rosé is the ultimate feel-good wine during spring and summer. It’s perfectly refreshing for warm days and paired with Mediterranean food, the fruitiness and delicateness of the wines will blow your taste buds away. Our winemaker and friend Régine Sumeire from Château la Tour de l’Evèque has published a mouthwatering cookbook entitled ‘Wine...
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Tasting: Domaine Marquis D’angeville 2015’s

Each year in April the joint UK agents of Domaine Marquis d’Angerville get together with Guillaume d’Angerville in London and host a tasting and lunch for some key members of the wine press. My write-ups of the last two such events can be found here 2014s & 2013s. This year, unsurprisingly it was...
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Damian Barr #NovelPairing: Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

This month I’m revisiting Brideshead in the company of Simon Heafield from Foyles and Adam Brett-Smith, Managing Director of Corney & Barrow. Brideshead is one of those books you feel you’ve read. Like Sebastian Flyte, Waugh’s classic novel of country houses, Catholicism and class charms all before it. Downton look downright...
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Bordeaux En Primeur 2016: In conversation with Peter Sisseck

We spoke to Peter Sisseck from Chateau Rocheyron about his take on the Bordeaux En Primeur campaign for the 2016 vintage. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqFG40mU8EI&t=74s Interviewer: Adam Brett-Smith, Managing Director. Read our Vintage Report and view all our tasting notes. Sign up to our Bordeaux bulletin to get pricing and availability direct to your inbox.  ...
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