In January I was fortunate enough to find myself in South Africa for a week which was a fabulous escape from the short, dark days of the UK winter but also a fantastic journey of adventure and learning about this beautiful country.
Last night Charles collected our newest trophy - the Merchant of the Year for London award at this year's prestigious IWC (International Wine Challenge) awards ceremony. Charles Lea and Sam Harrop MW We are delighted to win back London, which we held for four years between 2009 and 2012.
July Special Offer For the next 3 weeks we are pleased to offer special prices on Bollinger Special Cuvée Brut Champagne. Please note we can offer our usual case price discount on 6 bottles when bought from one of our shops with an L&S bag for life. Pricing: 75cl bottles £37.
We have long been fans of the very impressive wines from the Lafite Rothschild family made in collaboration with the Catena family in Argentina - the name CARO comes from the two families - CAtena and ROthschild. This wine may well represent their best release to date. 2012 CARO, Barons de Rothschild/Catena, Mendoza "Incredible aromas of spice, cedar, walnut and dark berry.
Sometimes Lea and Sandeman like to do things a bit differently and going to Glastonbury is certainly one of them.
The tennis has started just down the road in SW19 and brought the hot weather with it! How long it lasts is another question, but surely long enough to enjoy a mixed case of our summer favorites? We've selected 6 of our favorite summer wines into this mixed case including 2 bottles of each of our ever popular MiP rosé, it's slightly more devilish brother Petit Diables, plus our two new excellent Spanish whites; the wonderfully refreshing Camina Chardonnay from La Mancha and our bright and lifted Luna Creciente Albariño, both of which offer an alternative, but equally refreshing experience to rosé on a hot summer's day.
We are delighted to have just found this new bodega in the heart of the Rías Baixas. The very essence of a modern Albarino. Bright and lifted – but no tart edges. Just pithy citrus bounce.
Last weekend I took on the infamous Cateran Yomp – a 54 mile slog around the highlands of Perthshire. I was one of three who made up the ‘Peaked too soon Team’. Proudly sponsored by Lea & Sandeman, we set off at 07.15 jogging the first 25 miles with relative ease.
Once again L&S is on many shortlists for the International Wine Challenge Merchant of the Year Awards. We are delighted to feature not only on the hotly competitive list for Regional Merchant of the Year for London, but also on a shortlist (of only two) for the nationwide 'Large' Merchant of the Year.
It is with great sadness that we pass on the news that Christophe Delorme, charming, exemplary and thoughtful leader of Domaine de La Mordorée in the Rhone, and brilliant winemaker, died of a heart attack on the 10th June, at only 52 years old.
Earlier this month I was on holiday in the South of France – we had rented a fabulous house just north of Aix-En-Provence and had 12 thirsty guests to feed, water and generally entertain for the week.