October 20, 2016

Damian Barr’s Fifth #NovelPairing

Book and bottle

Our Fifth #NovelPairing was decided live at Cheltenham Literary Festival with Corney & Barrow buyer, Rebecca Palmer and acclaimed novelist Lionel Shriver. [caption id="attachment_5186" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Damian Barr, Lionel Shriver and Rebecca Palmer at the Cheltenham Literary Festival[/caption] Lionel Shriver goes where other writers fear to tread.  The Mandibles opens in 2029...
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October 19, 2016

In Conversation With Charles Pashby-Taylor

Charles Pashby_tylor Head Sommelier at Dabbous

Charles Pashby-Taylor is Head Sommelier at Dabbous in London. We caught up with him to talk wine, restaurants and perfect pairings. What got you into being a sommelier? It was a hobby more than anything. When I was growing up I learnt a lot about wine from my father who was a...
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October 12, 2016

Peruvian Wines Land At Corney & Barrow


A new range of Peruvian wines will soon be available at Corney & Barrow. They were open for a first taste at our press tasting at the RSA in London on 28th September. The range consists of four wines: chardonnay, malbec, sauvignon blanc and syrah.  It marks an exciting time...
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September 29, 2016

In Conversation With Lisha Nelson


Growing up in a winery is something many of us dream about. Lisha Nelson, winemaker at Nelson Wine Estate in South Africa had exactly that. But she hasn't taken an easy path. We spoke with her on a recent trip to the UK about why research is so important to her...
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September 14, 2016

The Best White Wines For Autumn

white wines to drink instead of red wine in autumn

Spicy, subtle fruit and silky acidity is exactly what you need for Autumn drinking. So what wine should you be choosing? But you don't have to stick to red wine. A lot of the best qualities found in spicier reds can be found in some tasty white wines. You just have...
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September 8, 2016

Damian Barr’s Fourth #NovelPairing


September is back to school month so we’ve chosen a classic campus novel, Donna Tartt’s ground-breaking and much-imitated debut. it follows an elite group of eccentric students as they descend into murderous madness fuelled by Greek mythology.  Helping me choose our #NovelPairing are Rebecca Palmer from Corney & Barrow and...
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September 7, 2016

The One Scientific Way To Get Better At Wine Tasting


Have you ever wondered why you couldn’t taste what was in the tasting note? Wine buyers’ and journalists’ expertise in finding nuances in wine can seem unattainable. Tasting notes aren’t just dreamed up but that doesn’t stop many appearing impenetrable. The language of wine doesn’t necessarily instantly match everyone’s experiences. There...
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September 1, 2016

A Bluffer’s Guide To Drinking In The Eighteenth Century

Cellars in Ayr

September 2016 marks the 250th year since the cellars were dug at our shop in Ayr. Part of our celebrations include historical reconstructions and tastings. So here's your guide to eighteenth century etiquette. It was a turbulent time when the cellars were dug at 8 Acadamy Street. Secret societies with different...
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August 23, 2016

The 6 Best Books For Wine Lovers


We've been experimenting with book and bottle pairings with Damian Barr and it's been so much fun to bring the novels to life with a well-matched wine. But what about books about wine? These ones are the kind you can read to increase your knowledge on the subject and probably...
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August 12, 2016

Damian Barr’s Third #NovelPairing

Getting to grips with the wine

August is the perfect month for a sultry party. Few people throw a better party than Jay Gatsby. For August’s A Book And A Bottle I’ve popped the champagne, put on my tuxedo and got in a whirl with The Great Gatsby. Helping me choose our #NovelPairing are James Franklin...
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