The Whites The whites, produced from a welcome large harvest, are good to very good, a vintage which will be welcome in the market as much for the volume as for the quality. The grapes were in perfect condition at the harvest and it was possible to press hard and long.
It’s the busiest moment of the year for our team as we try to help everyone get the right wines into their glasses as well as the perfect presents into people's stockings for Christmas.
2018 was a very hot vintage – the growing season only beaten by 2003 for overall heat. However the wines are very different from 2003, for even where they are ripe there is much more freshness than one could have dreamed possible.
It may be surprising to know that most of the states of the US produce wine. But, of course, most of the American wines that hit these shores are from California. From the earliest days of Spanish settlers, through waves of various European migrants, surviving the vicissitudes of Prohibition, to the modern internationally recognised industry of today, wine has always been part of the Californian scene.
A selection of our latest mentions in the UK press. This is a great opportunity to take advantage of our 12 bottle mixed case discount - our 'case price' is marked in red. DECEMBER The Guardian, Champagne and beyond: sparkling wine for New Year’s Eve, David Williams 29/12/2019: GONET-MÉDEVILLE Blanc de Noirs Brut 1er Cru NV £40.
This is a great opportunity to take advantage of our 12 bottle mixed case discount. You can buy a full case or 'mix and match' 12 or more bottles of wine (or 6 Champagne, Sparkling, Fortified or Spirits) to get our ' case price discount' on each bottle (prices marked in red).
A round up of our recent press mentions in the UK press and reviewer's blogs. Benefit from our case price discount in red by buying a 12 bottles of the same wine or mix your favourite ones. SEPTEMBER Priorat reds: Panel tasting results, Pedro Ballesteros Torres, 25/09/2019: 2016 PLAER Priorat Ritme Celler £27.50 | £24.
Bordeaux has broad horizons. A maritime city in a former imperial power with a rich viticultural resource, it has always traded well beyond its own borders. England's seemingly unquenchable thirst has been its mainstay but by the late 18th century wines were travelling much further afield on a regular basis.
'The food of the Inns of England is the stuff of which heaven is made.' At least it was in 1748 according to the then Venetian ambassador to Britain. It's a quotation popularised by the late, great TV chef, polymath and bon viveur, Clarissa Dixon Wright (if you haven't listened to her episode of Desert Island Discs, you must).
Our very own Angus Barcroft was lucky enough to be granted a place on L'Academie du Champagne's summer course. This is no industry jolly. The week includes lectures led by the principals and winemakers of the sixteen member Houses covering all aspects of Champagne from viticulture to marketing.
Those who have visited Piedmont will understand just how varied these beautiful Alpine foothills are in aspect, altitude and geology. The best winemakers are able to translate the nuance of these sites, or 'crus', into delicious and distinctive expressions of Nebbiolo. Andrea Sottimano is an absolute master of the art.
BYOB Corkage at Lorne - July Only Our lovely friends at the brilliant Lorne Restaurant in Victoria have a very special corkage offer for customers in July. For all Saturday bookings they would like to extend an offer of £5 corkage, so that you can dig in to the cellar and bring out that special bottle you have been meaning to drink and take it along to enjoy with their exceptional food.