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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August 11, 2016

Our Own Label Saint-Emilion

We treated our twitter followers to a live tasting of our Saint-Emilion. It's such a delicious wine and perfect for matching with meat. Take a look for yourself! Who makes your favourite Saint-Emilion?...
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August 3, 2016

This Is Why 2016 Is So Important for Cakebread

#cabernetsauvignon grapes showing signs of #veraison. #napaharvest2016 will be here soon! A photo posted by Cakebread Cellars (@cakebreadcellars) on Jul 15, 2016 at 1:12pm PDT It’s a doubly special vintage this year for Cakebread Cellars. One of the earliest harvests in recent times is made all the more remarkable because it’s winemaker,...
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July 28, 2016

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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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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