July 19, 2016

Cantina Giacomo Conterno: The Real Deal

Demijohns at Conterno

In 1908, Giovanni Conterno started making wine unlike anyone else around. He saw past the carts of demijohns drunk early without much care. He reckoned that a longer fermentation and barrel ageing would suit the grapes better than the early drinking wine that flowed from the area. The Beginning of Conterno It was...
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July 13, 2016

Cabernet Sauvignon: The Summer-Loving Grape


Different grapes ripen at different times in different weather. Along with soil, the ripening time is one of the most important factors in deciding what gets planted where. Cabernet Sauvignon is found virtually everywhere you make wine because it ripens quite late. That means it’s less susceptible to extreme summer...
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July 12, 2016

Damian Barr’s Second #NovelPairing

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#FerranteFever shows no signs of cooling.  For July’s A Book And A Bottle I have given in to the intensity of My Beautiful Friend – the first of the Neapolitan novels.  Helping me choose our #NovelPairing are James Franklin from Corney & Barrow and Simon Heafield from Foyles. There’s word of mouth...
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July 7, 2016

Drake & Morgan acquires Corney & Barrow’s wine bar business


Drake & Morgan, which is backed by private equity firm Bowmark Capital, has bought London wine bar and restaurant operator Corney & Barrow Bars for an undisclosed sum. Corney & Barrow Bars launched as a City-based collection of premium wine bars in 1983. The group operates 11 bars – ten...
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July 3, 2016

Bonnes Mares de Vogue 1949 – 1999

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Very few domaines need as little introduction as Domaine de Vogüé. Dating back to the 15th century it has been under the same ownership for 20 generations. The general manager, Jean-Luc Pepin, was in attendance to host the evening with Jordi (to whom so many thanks as ever) in a unique retrospective of the domaine's Bonnes Mares....
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July 1, 2016

Soldera 1981-2006: A Dinner Through The Ages

This was a brilliant Vinous dinner tasting on led by Antonio Galloni, it was surely one of the most historically significant vertical tastings of Gianfranco Soldera’s Brunellos ever staged. It followed a similar format to the incredible Monfortino Magnums 1970-2006 event also hosted by Vinous at Maze. The menu, below,...
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June 29, 2016

Top 5 Rosés


Waiting for the temperature to rise to open the rosé? It's delicious no matter what the weather. If you're looking for something new or just keeping rosé for a summer treat, you need to check out these wines. They will change your mind completely. Source Gabriel Rose AOC Cotes de Provence 2015 Crisp, delicious...
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June 21, 2016

Damian Barr’s first #NovelPairing

A book and a bottle

Since The Miniaturist, the world has been thirsting for another novel from Jessie Burton. So we’re thrilled she’s launching The Muse at our very first Salon for A Book And A Bottle. Everybody will be reading it this summer. Here’s what we think you should be drinking with it. Helping me...
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June 15, 2016

Why Was Merlot Misunderstood?


“No, if anyone orders Merlot, I’m leaving. I am NOT drinking any f****ing Merlot!” Miles Raymond, Sideways. Poor Merlot. It’s misunderstood. Even that famous line from Sideways is a little misunderstood. Miles is reminded of his ex-wife when people drink Merlot, he doesn’t hate the grape or the wine for how...
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June 8, 2016

Win A Wine Day

Win A Wine Day

Have you ever fancied yourself as the next Jancis, Oz or Jilly? Do you want to make sense of the wall of wine at the supermarket? Do you want to know the difference between Rioja, Merlot and Chablis? Now's your chance with our competition. You can win a place on our...
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