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.
The deadline for deliveries before Christmas outside London is past, but if you live in (central-ish) London, you can still order online for delivery today (Wednesday), or, if you really insist on taking it to the wire, tomorrow (Thursday). Even then our magnificent warehouse crew will get your wine to you before Christmas.
Nick Mills from Central Otago's Rippon Vineyards (New Zealand) is one of our favourite winemakers, for lots of reasons.
In November last year I wrote about my fabulous introduction to ZALTO glassware, and six months on I am delighted that my initial excitement has not been unfounded, and is being shared by a growing number of our customers.
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'.
An Estuarine Christmas with the Sandemans The Sandeman family are heading to the depths of South Devon to spend another Christmas in the Goodshelter estuary, inland from Salcombe. Not actually 'in' the estuary, of course, but in the beautifully secluded and remote cottage which sits on the edge of the water at the head of the creek.
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.
CHRISTMAS TREATS at Lea & Sandeman It’s going to be carnage again in the supermarkets this Christmas, as they advertise eye-wateringly discounted prices for champagnes, whiskies, wines and just about anything else in an attempt to draw customers in through the door.
Last night Lea & Sandeman hosted the NSPCC City Fine Wine Challenge for the sixth year running. Twenty four tables of ten, from leading city companies including KPMG, Grenpact, Diligenta and IBM, packed the room at RIBA following a Champagne Benedick reception, to take part in the interactive quiz while tasting eight wines, mostly blind.