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.
Last week we had the absolute pleasure of welcoming Albert Jané Ubeda from Acústic & Autòcton Cellers for two days of trade visits and a private client dinner at the wonderful Canham in East Sheen - see pictures below.
It is beginning to look as though Spring may finally be upon us, and so we have all been sat around wondering what we should tell you about our choice of wines for the sunnier seasons.
“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.”
Tio Pepe Fino 'En Rama' – Limited Release Offer Last weekend I saw my first swallows of the season, but heeding Aristotle’s wise words I did not want to get over excited about summer’s arrival.
Neatly carrying on our Spanish theme from last week, Victoria Moore gave a tantalising write-up of the genial Albert Jané Ubeda's 'Acústic Red - Vinyes Velles Nobles - 2010' from Montsant in the Daily Telegraph wine section last week: "Montsant is a region in north-east Spain which surrounds fêted Priorat like a halo.
As some of you may have picked up - our wine of the week email is about great affordable wines that are ready to drink now. Fortunately for us, one literally walked in through the door recently in the hands of the charming David Marco, the owner of Bodegas Marco Abella in Priorat, which got a definitive thumbs up from us all at our Chelsea shop.
Mas Fino? Por favor! La Gitana Manzanilla Fino 'En Rama', Hidalgo Anybody who bought Gonzalez Byass' Tio Pepe 'En Rama' this year will know by now what a great wine it is, and will surely be ready for yet more fabulous sherry to drink this summer! Shortly after this year's Tio Pepe release we were offered a tiny quantity of Hidalgo's stunning Manzanilla La Gitana ' En Rama'.
Tio Pepe 'En Rama' Sherry- 2012 release from Gonzalez Byass Gonzalez Byass' much awaited 2012 release of the very special Tio Pepe Fino 'En Rama' coincides with the 200th birthday of its founder, Manuel Maria Gonzalez, and is a fabulous wine to celebrate this anniversary.
The Wine Gang will undoubtedly be familiar to many of our customers, but for those who are not the 'Gang' is made up of five of the UK's foremost wine writers and tasters: Tom Cannavan, Jane Parkinson, Anthony Rose, Joanna Simon, and David Williams.
Dreary day in London town, but no day so dreary it cannot be lightened by adding to our occasional series of visiting producers on Patrick's motorbike. The old Ducati ST4 has been worn through pounding round the restaurants of London, and has been replaced by an even more ancient Sneeze sorry Cagiva 'Grand Canyon' which was obviously previously owned by a real fair-weather and weekend-only biker, since he had only managed 4500km in ten years.
THE SHERRY REVOLUTION Continues – with the stunningly great ‘Palmas’ Aged Finos from Gonzalez Byass Since the 1880s Gonzalez Byass has used the Palmas (or Palo) system to classify its highest quality Finos.