Yesterday we held our 'Annual Tasting' - the biggest showcase event for our wines each year. As we closed the doors of the beautiful Trinity House at just after 8.30 last night the whole team were 'abuzz' after a fabulous, exhilarating day of tasting, chatting to the 20 winemakers who came to present their wines and catching up with so many customers and journalists too.
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.
[caption id="attachment_21141" align="alignright" width="349"] Rippon’s Nick Mills surveys his vines running down to the impossibly beautiful Lake Wanaka[/caption] Rippon and Felton Road are without question the two leading vineyards in New Zealand’s undisputed Pinot Noir capital - Central Otago. Both are making elegant, intense Pinots with beautiful finesse.
“London’s award-winning independent merchant has a penchant for the great and the very good from Europe but picks its New World offerings with great care (and success) too, and all of this at very nice prices to boot.”
We’d love you to come along to this small wine tasting at our Chiswick branch featuring some of our favourite producers from Austria and Germany.
We’ve put together a mixed half dozen – some hearty reds, a zippy Sauvignon and a bottle of supreme fizz – to cover your Bonfire Night needs.
To celebrate the fourth annual International Sauvignon Blanc day we are pleased to present 2 great examples of the grape that made New Zealand famous for wine production. Central Otago First off we have the deliciously distinctive 2012 Rippon Sauvignon Blanc from Central Otago.
Email received from exceptionally nice customer yesterday, and headed "Great Kiwi Pinot Noirs from you!": "I thought you might be glad to know that two of your Pinots showed very well at an informal wine tasting dinner last night of an informal group of good friends and serious wine buffs.
Lea & Sandeman Pinot Noir - the Wine Gang report A selection of fabulous drinking Pinot Noirs as selected by the Wine Gang in their March report. 'This was in fact a tripartite tasting, with a substantial Nebbiolo flight between the Pinot Noirs and the Sangiovese, but we're putting the spotlight on the latter two this month and will cover the Piedmont reds in a forthcoming report.
Having got married in June of last year my Kiwi wife and I went over to New Zealand a few weeks ago for a belated wedding party for the friends and family that couldn’t make it to our wedding in Scotland.