‘a whiff of wet oilskin’, ‘like a pretty child with an upturned nose’ – tasting notes from one of the greats. In the midst of all the current gloom and uncertainty, take a moment to celebrate the long life of Michael Broadbent MW, who died on Wednesday night, timing his exit elegantly as you’d expect. Think about raising a glass in his memory over the weekend.
Our latest press mentions in March include a great selection of our wines that appeared in The Telegraph's '50 Best' section, and a mix of some of our Italian and German wines in The Guardian. Benefit from our case price discount in red by buying any 12 bottles from this selection - in a mixed case of your design or simply by the dozen.
Piedmont at the end of January you would think would be a pretty sleepy place, but in fact Alba was buzzing with activity, as it was the host for the Anteprima Nebbiolo tasting for journalists, and the Grandi Langhe tasting for trade and importers.
2015 Brunello di Montalcino - A Tuscan Triumph As each week passes, it’s hard to avoid the hype and noise around 2015 Brunello. There have been some really good vintages in the last few years like 2007 and 2010, but there is a strong feeling that 2015 trumps them all – and from our early tastings it is easy to understand the excitement.
Full bodied red wines and rosé were on the press' radar this February. Benefit from our case price discount in red by buying a 12 bottles of the same wine or mix your favourite ones. The Sunday Times, Review: the best half bottles of wine to buy now, Will Lyons, 23/02/2020: 2018 Rosé Domaine Tempier £28.
2020 started well for us as we were mentioned in the The Sunday Times, The Buyer and the independent. Benefit from our case price discount in red by buying a 12 bottles of the same wine or mix your favourite ones. The Sunday Times, Wine review: the best pinot noir to buy now, Will Lyons, 12/01/2020: 2017 PINOT NOIR Weingut Petri £12.
Every January the small village of Ampuis in the Northern Rhone plays host to the annual Marché aux vins, a salon that attracts a global audience of Syrah and Viognier enthusiasts, collectors and buyers.
We will be donating £1 of every Australian bottle sold for the next two months to WIRES and the Australian Red Cross. Please click here for our full Aussie wine list. One of our producers, Tim Smith of Tim Smith Wines, Barossa Valley, has sent us his view of the situation: “So-a heads up on how the fires have affected us here in the Barossa.
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.
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’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.
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.