Grüner Veltliner

Austria’s very own white grape variety, the one that helped to put Austrian wine back on the map and offer a very clear distinction between Austrian and German wine – it is too high in acidity to ripen in Germany and offers up a style crisper and drier than popularly expected of the Rhine lands. Zippy and fresh with a faint dusting of white pepper, it is a perfect aperitif or refreshing drinker. Slightly more complex, single vineyard examples are creeping on to the market, and there are some relatively successful plantings in the New World too.

Thanksgiving 2019 wine

Best wines for Thanksgiving

By on 25/11/2019

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.

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Lea and Sandeman Independent Wine Merchants - 2013 Christmas

Christmas Tasting in Chiswick

By on 10/12/2013

The theme, such as you need a theme beyond ‘Christmas’, was to put a few less likely wines in front of people, to test and tantalize the taste-buds. With that in mind, we left out the traditional option of Champagne, and kicked off with the very splendid Gusbourne 2008 Brut Reserve from the Garden of England, a zippy but textured fizz that works really well as an aperitif.

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