Our latest press reviews from Lockdown 2.0: The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Daily Mail & The Times of Tunbridge Wells. 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.
What do I buy for the overly particular wine lover in my life? Is a statement which I expect is issued forth by almost every person in line (all three of them) to buy me a gift, every Christmas. Do you buy them wine? Perhaps. We all love to get it, but it can also be akin to a white-knuckle sensation – the similair cold sweat which breaks out when confronted with a charging herd of cattle, an angry bear, or a traffic warden can bead on ones forehead at the chance of getting it wrong.
So what do you do for someone who fits in this bracket?
My advice – buy them wine ware.
What on earth is wine ware? I hear you ask. Is it some sort of outfit which I have to put on, because that’s really I’m not entirely comfortable with, and shouldn’t it be reserved for Valentine’s day..? No. It’s all the fun things which really improve the experience of enjoying wine.
In particular, if you’re stuck for a gift, then please – from one wine lover to another, buy that person Zalto glasses. It sounds boring, but when I first started in this merry trade, I was introduced to the idea of the Riedel ‘Chardonnay’ glass. A preposterous idea in my mind, that a glass could really change the smell and taste of a wine. What a waste of money. A week later, I’d bought 12…
Browse our Riedel Glass Collection here.
A few years after this, at the wonderfully wine-centric club, 67 Pall Mall, I discovered Zalto. It took me a while to forsake my Riedel Collection (about a month, with a few ‘accidental’ breakages to justify it) – but I was a total convert.
Glassware makes a huge difference to how you enjoy the liquid in it. You may have consciously noticed this, you may not, but you’ll have enjoyed it at some point, and Zalto are the most delicate, wonderful things to drink from – the stem quite literally feels like it’s flexing as you swirl the wine, but it never snaps. Something akin to a suspension cable on a bridge, they feel incredibly fragile, but are remarkably strong (I once watched one fall from a table onto a carpeted floor, then roll to the edge of the room before stopping, intact). Aromas are enhanced by the shape, flavours by the sheer thinness of the glass bulb.
I love Riedel for sort of getting this whole thing going, but Zalto have really knocked them off the top spot. They also come in far more simple shapes, Universal, Burgundy and Bordeaux, rather than having to worry about specifically having your glasses for each grape. Something even I, as a stemware obsessive, found tiresome.
Browse our Zalto Glass Collection here.
So, there it is, the best advice I may give all festive season. Buy a person a bottle of wine and they may have enjoyment for a day, teach them about Zalto glasses and they’ll have greater enjoyment of wine for the rest of their lives.
If that person already has Zalto glasses, or indeed you’re looking for something else to go with them, then do explore our ‘gifts and gadgets’ page on the L&S website – a Coravin, a WineSave or one of the carefully selected titles in our range of books are all things that any wine lover will be over the moon to receive.
Last Thursday we were joined by 20 lovely people for our first official Lea & Sandeman Interactive Zoom wine tasting. Three bottles of Chablis: Petit, Village and Premier Cru, whisked their way out to attendees before the hour and a half long chat began.
Our latest press reviews in October: The Guardian, Spectator Life, The Mail On Sunday & The Sunday Times. 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.
Domaine Frantz Chagnoleau Our second day began with a longer journey, from our digs in Beaune (which we had settled into the night before after driving down from Chablis) straight south to Pouilly-Fuissé. In the tiny commune of Pierreclos, we drew up to a maze of buildings and were greeted, then ushered down some steps to the tiny cave of Frantz Chagnoleau.
We've touched down in Burgundy and have an intense, covid-safe programme of visits that will see us covering the length and breadth of Burgundy starting from Chablis in the north – to the south in the Mâconnais and not missing anything out in between! An early start for Day 1, after our 10 hour journey from London - the following day, is something easily met when you know that your day will be packed full of Chablis tasting - helped even more by the first Domaine being just down the road.
Our latest press mentions in September: The Telegraph and 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. The Guardian, Should we be impressed by ‘reserve’ wine?, David Williams, 20/09/2020: 2016 SANGIOVESE Riserva Bissoni £25.
Our latest press mentions in August: The Telegraph, The Sunday Times 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. The Times, Review: The best wine to buy this September, Will Lyons, 31/08/2020: 2017 PINOT NOIR Spätburgunder Weingut Braunewell £15.
Our latest press mentions in July: The Times, The Telegraph, The Guardia, The Daily Mail, The Independent & Matthew Jukes. 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.
As part of our ‘31 Days of Riesling’ celebration we have asked our shop teams, our in-house experts, to spill the beans on their favourite German Rieslings which you can read below. Browse all of our German Rieslings here. Staff Highlights Alex Robinson - Fulham: 2018 ESSENHEIM RIESLING Kalkstein Weingut Braunewell (£17.95 | £16.
Our final Chef’s recipe is also our most simple, but no less delicious and comes from our friends at Bocca di Lupo. Click here for the recipe (.pdf) "Tagliata just means ‘sliced’ – a steak which is sliced when grilled. Sometimes, they are served plain – other times, with porcini mushrooms, or asparagus, or butter and sage, or rocket & tomato.
Our latest press mentions in June: Decanter, The Independent, The Guardian, Spectator Life & Matthew Jukes. 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.