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Damian Barr’s Ninth #NovelPairing: Bridget Jones’s Diary

It’s time to wriggle into your big pants (real or metaphorical) for a Valentine’s date with Bridget Jones! Helping Damian choose our #NovelPairings are James Franklin from Corney & Barrow and Simon Heafield from Foyles. February brings romance – a high-stakes month for Bridget and her tribe.  It’s twenty years since hapless,...
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Chateau Cheval Blanc tasting with Pierre-Olivier Clouet & Arnaud de Laforcade

In the office on Thursday evening we were pleased to host – Arnaud de Laforcade (Commercial Director) & Pierre-Olivier Clouet (Technical Director) – for a tasting of, mostly Cheval Blanc. They are an impressive pairing, no slick suits or “we are farmers really” chat…just a good honest approach to trying...
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February Pairing Special: Slow-roasted pork belly & Cabernet Sauvignon

We've teamed up with Roast Restaurant to bring you mouth-watering food and wine pairing. Their menu is a tribute to the farmers, fishermen, growers and wine makers. Using only the finest, fresh ingredients we bring you their signature slow-roasted pork belly signature dish paired with Cakebread Cabernet Sauvignon. Discover the full recipe ...
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What does Corney & Barrow have to do with Robert Burns?

Picture: http://www.worldofzing.com/ ”A man perpetually in the paroxysm and fears of inebriety is like a half-drowned stupid wretch condemned to labor unceasingly in water; but a now-and-then tribute to Bacchus is like the cold bath, bracing and invigorating.” So said Robert Burns, a man celebrated annually in Scotland and around the...
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Jumbo of death? Not anymore!

Now that may seem a little dramatic as titles go but there is good reason. The “Jumbo of death” used to – still does sometimes – pop up in the office as a regular topic. You know the old “what/who would you select to be on a jumbo that you...
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Damian Barr’s Eighth #NovelPairing: The Hotel New Hampshire

As months go, January is the darkest – almost as dark as this highly eccentric coming of age classic.  Happily, ‘The Hotel New Hampshire’ is also hilarious.  Helping Damian choose our #NovelPairing are James Franklin from Corney & Barrow and Simon Heafield from Foyles. [caption id="attachment_5324" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Helping Damian choose...
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Organic Wine: Your Questions Answered

Organic food is healthier, tastes better and is better for the environment. [caption id="attachment_4865" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Vines at Domaine Olivier Leflaive[/caption] But considering wine is also a natural product, farmed just like your vegetables, there has been remarkably less noise about the benefits of organic wine. Yet now, a study has been published...
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English Sparkling Wine – the perfect fit for New Year’s Eve

After being squished into their distinctive mushroom shape and holding firm like the Thames Barrier against the 5 or 6 atmospheres of pressure fighting to escape, the arrival of December represents the opportunity to escape if you’re a sparkling wine cork residing in warehouses, cellars or shops in the UK....
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Ice Cream and Pedro Ximenez: Just Desserts

Dessert wines are a tricky bunch. Speak to anyone who works for a wine company and by and large you’ll get choruses of agreement: Dessert wines are lovely. The same with Riesling and the same with Sherry. Once you’re out in the real world, there’s a slight differing of opinion....
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