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2018 Annual Trade Tasting – L&S Team Highlights

By on 28/09/2018

Lea & Sandeman Annual Trade Tasting - Trinity House | September 13th On Thursday 13th September, we celebrated the 30th Anniversary of Lea & Sandeman by welcoming 22 producers who poured 175 wines to trade customers and press.

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Ruling the Rooster – A Visit to Fattoria Poggerino

By on 11/09/2018

We have just spent a week careering around the Tuscan countryside like crazed cinghiale, sniffing out truffle and guzzling Chianti Classico. Everywhere we went, friendly black roosters tempted us in like slightly tipsy Sirens.  The problem is, all roosters are not created equal. That's unsurprising given that Chianti Classico's rippling landscape covers nearly 72,000 hectares.

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Which wines pair best with grouse?

By on 16/08/2018

Eating perfectly cooked grouse with a judiciously selected bottle or two is one of the great gastronomic delights. But what to pair with (arguably) Britain's most delicious game bird? Good, old red Burgundy 'The traditional answer to the question of what to drink with grouse is 'a bottle of good, old red burgundy.

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Nyetimber – 2013 Tillington Vineyard – Limited New Release

By on 08/08/2018

2018 marks an important anniversary for Lea & Sandeman as we celebrate our 30th Anniversary, but also for Nyetimber, probably England's most famous producer of Sparkling Wine. In 1988, as Charles and Patrick were busy setting up L&S in London, the Nyetimber vines were being planted here in West Sussex.

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A Summer Visit to Franciacorta Producer: Corteaura

By on 17/08/2018

Whilst on holiday in Northern Italy this August, I had the pleasure of visiting our Franciacorta producer, Corteaura. We were treated to a in-depth guided tour by Federico, the estate owner, who explained how he had jumped ship from the accounting world to immerse himself in the world of sparkling wine.

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Best Chilled Red Wines for Summer 2018

By on 27/06/2018

When the sun beats down out of a clear blue sky, and the garden starts to frazzle; when the designer shades are donned and inadvisably exposed skin is allowed to soak up the ultra-violet; the vinously inclined have hitherto been apt to reach for crisp white wines and the palest of pale rosés of course, all nicely chilled, leaving any red wine undisturbed in the wine-rack until the Autumn.

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New Wave Wine Producers in Spain – Our recent visit to Rioja

By on 20/06/2018

Spain could lay claim to being the most exciting wine country in the world at present. A real sense of adventure has taken grip in the lesser known regions whilst new life has been breathed into the established areas with a new generation of younger winemakers and a new vision of what can be achieved.

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Quinta da Romaneira Visit: Portu-Gals & Guys

By on 25/05/2018

Mondays can be tough however when a work trip to Portugal beckons, to say that we were all excited was an understatement. Working for L&S, we have been told many great things about this estate. Yes, we all know the wines are wonderful and pictures can only go so far.

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2016 Vintage Port – A Much Anticipated Declaration

By on 24/05/2018

The last full 'declaration' by the leading Port houses was for the very fine 2011 Vintage. 2015 came painfully close, and we were hugely impressed by the 'Single Quinta' releases last year. How good must 2016 be to have trumped those superb 2015s? 2016: The Wines There has therefore been a palpable sense of excitement in anticipation of this new Vintage.

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Bordeaux En Primeur 2017 – Vintage Style

By on 25/04/2018

As we mentioned in our initial post on the vintage, it was the frost that hit Bordeaux for several nights at the end of April which dominated the early headlines on the 2017 vintage. The frost was undoubtedly catastrophic for some but the more we chatted to winemakers across every appellation, we realised there was a subtler story to tell.

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