Tim Atkin MW on crackling form in this week's edition of the trade rag 'Off-Licence News' (bet quite a lot of you did not even know it existed). Following-up on a headline-grabbing article in the Observer at the weekend, he roundly rebuts the idea that tasters cannot tell one wine from another or judge quality.
With Easter Bank Holiday only a few days off (hooray!), but the weather determined to stay at the frosty end of the scale (boo!), we've put together a great value mixed case with everything you need to accompany a hearty Easter lunch.
Our annual bin end sale was due to end today, but we decided to add some extra wines so we've also extended the sale all day tomorrow in our shops and online until midnight this Sunday, 3rd March. Update: Our 2013 Bin End sale has now ended.
We're looking forward to once again hosting the annual NSPCC's City Fine Wine Challenge this evening at the Royal Institute for British Architects on Portland Place. Alongside the interesting selection of wines we have chosen for the blind tasting, we are pleased to present the City Fine Wine Trophy dedicated to Patrick Sandeman who we sadly lost at the end of last year.
Closing the shop on Christmas Eve (we are open until five tomorrow) is always a challenge and I may have to see if I can sneak off a bit early to get to my favourite carol service. The charm is worth it - the tiny thirteenth century St Philip's church of Little Rollright has no electricity, and so the rare services here are entirely candle-lit.
it is now possible for all customers to log onto our website and review past orders and also update their emailing preferences
The debate rages on about 'natural' wines and I, for one, am delighted that such a respected and great winemaker as Michel Chapoutier has now spoken out against this new trend, deriding it as a 'connerie'.
Dazzling reds for festive fare - selected by Jancis Robinson In Jancis Robinson's Top 100 festive wines: part two, published in the FT Weekend Magazine, she selected a number of cracking wines from Lea & Sandeman. Only four were published in the magazine because of space issues, while the full list is on her site JancisRobinson.