We were delighted in February to welcome no fewer than seventeen of our Italian wine producers to our Italian Tasting at Getty Images Gallery. It was here that we introduced Victoria Moore to Piero Lanza of Poggerino. Lanza is one of Chianti's greatest young ambassadors.
A fantastic amount of money raised for a truly worthy cause. Lea and Sandeman have now been involved with the NSPCC and City Fine Wine Challenge for over a decade and this year the event raised an astonishing £200,000! This is a significant increase on last year and something about which everyone involved with the event should be very proud.
Newspaper pieces about 'best value' wines are all too often littered with mass production supermarket own brands and big name labels. Whilst it is true that these certainly offer plenty of plonk for your pound, you aren't necessarily getting much bang for your buck.
The saying goes that Christmas is a time to 'eat, drink and be merry', and this is certainly a mantra that we at Lea & Sandeman try to live by.
It that's time of year again and Champagne is back on the list of essentials. We've added our best possible prices to certain Grandes Marques champagnes as well as on one of our favourite Grower Champagnes: Barnaut Grande Réserve Brut (just £22.95 in a six pack).
The December issue of Decanter landed on our doorstep this morning, and we were delighted to see some really high praise for lots of wines in the L&S portfolio. The ‘Weekday Wines’ section is put together each month by Tastings Director Christelle Guibert. It features 25 wines for less than £20, all of them a little different or adventurous in their own way.
Whenever we are in Italy, we enjoy the great Champagne look-a-likes of Franciacorta (from Lombardy, in Northern Italy), and easily understand why these great wines have such a following in their home market, even though the Italians are great connoisseurs and consumers of Champagne as well.
Chelsea Tasting - Rhône Valley Tickets are selling fast for our next themed tasting from 8.00pm on Wednesday 2nd November at 170 Fulham Road as we enjoy a selection of our wines from the Rhône Valley. This is the home of Viognier and Syrah (Shiraz), as well as the spicier Grenache and Mourvèdre, which make more intense and full-bodied wines.
'Our challenge has been, and remains, to find ways to vinify unfortified wines from the Douro that can take their rightful placeamong the great wines of the world, alongside the other great classic regions such as Bordeaux, Burgundy or the Rhone Valley' Christian Seely, Quinta da Romaneira It was during a stay at Château Pichon Baron in 2015 that Charles became reacquainted with its MD Christian Seely, and it is through this reintroduction that we came across the wines of Quinta da Romaneira.
Following on from our successful offer of Louis Roederer's excellent non-vintage in June, we can now offer a special pre-release allocation of Roederer's superb Prestige Cuvée, 2009 Cristal. The warm year of 2009 has in general made generous, relatively rich Champagnes, but as none of the usual critics have tried the 2009 Cristal, this offer is based on the marque and the glowing tasting notefrom Roederer's own Chef de Cave.
To continue this month's focus on German Riesling, today we will be opening two of our favourites from our popular Discover Riesling Mixed Case (just £150), so do drop by from 4pm onwards and say hello and taste these two lovely wines which we are offering at our usual case on single bottles for the month of July.
As we near the end of this season's en primeurs, we have more top right bank wines, including 2015 CHÂTEAU AUSONE , (£2800 per six) a stupendous wine made in microscopic quantities which has a real rarity value. Order now if interested.