We were delighted in February to welcome no fewer than seventeen of our Italian wine producers to our Italian Tasting at Getty Images Gallery. It was here that we introduced Victoria Moore to Piero Lanza of Poggerino. Lanza is one of Chianti's greatest young ambassadors.
Newspaper pieces about 'best value' wines are all too often littered with mass production supermarket own brands and big name labels. Whilst it is true that these certainly offer plenty of plonk for your pound, you aren't necessarily getting much bang for your buck.
'Our challenge has been, and remains, to find ways to vinify unfortified wines from the Douro that can take their rightful placeamong the great wines of the world, alongside the other great classic regions such as Bordeaux, Burgundy or the Rhone Valley' Christian Seely, Quinta da Romaneira It was during a stay at Château Pichon Baron in 2015 that Charles became reacquainted with its MD Christian Seely, and it is through this reintroduction that we came across the wines of Quinta da Romaneira.
The L&S team are so used to me going on about how the fun of wine is in the complexity and nuance, the origins, the whys and wherefores of how the flavours get into a glass of wine, that they might wonder if I had inspired this weekend's article by Victoria Moore in the Telegraph, which, coming rather late to the party, I read over breakfast this morning.
The LEA & SANDEMAN 2015 Wine Magazine/Annual Coming to your doorstep tomorrow or Friday is the new '2015 Lea & Sandeman 'Wine Annual', a magazine of photographs and pieces on some of our key producers, and articles from various luminaries of wine journalism - Victoria Moore, Tim Atkin MW, Tamlyn Currin, Steven Spurrier, Rosemary George MW, Harry Eyres, Sarah Marsh MW, and Robert Joseph.
“I arrived in Bordeaux on Sunday to taste the 2013 wines which are being shown en primeur. I think we knew all the way through last year, right from the beginning, that it was going to be a difficult vintage. “Making wine in 2013 was like sailing through a storm,”
Following on from the fantastic 2006 vintage, the Tassinaia 2007 has been extremely popular in our shops of late and as Victoria Moore points out in her piece ‘Best Wine Deals’ in The Telegraph last Saturday
There are not many delivery days until Christmas and New Year are upon us. Even if you’re sat outside the Christmas melée, then why not send a gift to absent friends / family or to anyone for whom you cannot find the perfect electronic gadget or iTunes voucher? They’d so much rather have wine, or gin, or sake, or Port, or whisky…
Sam Galsworthy, one of the founding trio at Sipsmith distillery on our home turf in Chiswick, has emailed me (having just touched down in Japan) somewhat excitedly with the news that his latest release, the VERY JUNIPERY OVER PROOF (VJOP)…
“there are four shops – in Chiswick, Notting Hill, Barnes and Chelsea – and a reputation, achieved through a mixture of hard bloody work and elan, for selling distinctive, cleverly sourced wines, in particular from France and Italy. Lea & Sandeman has become a London institution”