Achaval-Ferrer: The Argentine Adventure

“Achaval-Ferrer ticks all of the boxes. Ancient, low yielding vines, high altitude freshness and large diurnal variation helps to give complexity in these wines – the basis for a long term exclusive partnership, very close to our hearts.” – Alison Buchanan, Corney & Barrow   Last year we announced some really positive and exciting changes […]

Happy Malbec Day!

April 17th is Malbec Day – a day entirely dedicated to celebrating the grape responsible for creating the delicious wine we know and love. Originally grown in south-west France, Malbec was famously made in the Cahors region of France, where the grape is often referred to as “Côt”. Fast-forward to the mid-19th century, and elsewhere […]

Book & Bottle #NovelPairing: The Music Shop

Cheltenham hosts the world’s oldest literature festival but it’s far from stuffy. After last year’s hit Book & Bottle Salon with Lionel Shriver they invited us back to find a #NovelPairing for The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce who joined me on stage at The Daffodil with Rebecca Palmer from Corney & Barrow. The Music […]

Corney & Barrow In the Press

Corney & Barrow In The Press Achaval Ferrer Quimera 2008 ‘Ambitious blends of Mendoza Malbec fruit with several Bordeaux varieties.  The former smoky, spicy and unmistakably Argentinian on the nose, quite seriously structured with firm, fine tannins, unashamedly weighty, but balanced and age worthy.’ Peter McCombie MW, Harpers Magazine (September 23rd) Shiraz Eagle Vale 2005 ‘Bouquet […]

Hong Kong Annual Tasting – The Low Down

A week or so ago saw C&B’s 3rd Annual Hong Kong tasting at the Shangri-La hotel in Admiralty.  Tickets had sold out well before the event itself and we had many more wines to show than ever before so hopes were high for a cracking evening.  A grand room was readied, bottles opened, chilled and […]

Corney & Barrow In the Press

   Corney & Barrow In The Press  Gathering Sauvignon Semillon The Lane 2007 “If you find sauvignon a bit sharp, try it blended with semillon for a change.  The most impressive one I’ve tasted recently, thanks to a steer from Matthew Jukes’s 100 Best Australian Wines, is Gathering Sauvignon Semillon The Lane 2009, a beautifully crafted […]

An Enthused Tasting by Achaval-Ferrer’s Marcelo Victoria

Achaval-Ferrer’s Marcelo Victoria believes that a wine needs a back story. But it also needs someone to tell it and Marcelo Victoria can tell a story. He quickly transported us from our London offices to a plot of land at the end of a ‘two horses wide’ track in the southern part of Mendoza. Their […]

A rival for any wine anywhere? Achaval Ferrer

Marcelo Victoria from Achaval Ferrer was over last week to show us the Malbec 2008 and the Quimera, Finca Mirador, Finca Altamira and Bella Vista 2007……to say it was on of the best in house tastings we have done would be no exagerration. Achaval Ferrer is a truely wonderful wine estate. . The focus […]