By on 22/11/2012

We have had Andrea Sottimano (from the eponymous wine estate in Piemonte) going round the shops and various restaurant customers this week, tasting his wines, culminating in a dinner at Quo Vadis. And they are just great. The Barbarescos (Barbaresci?) (no - appparently 'Barbareschi' is correct) are awesome, but it is clear from our tastings that these young wines they do benefit from being opened early if possible.

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Wine Dinner at the River Cafe with Castello del Terriccio

By on 17/11/2012

SOLD OUT On Thursday 13th December we are hosting our final wine dinner of 2012, in one of our favourite dining rooms in London, the private room at the River Café, with the wines of Castello del Terriccio. Patrick Sandeman was the first 'outsider' (not from the estate staff) other than the consultant oenologist Carlo Ferrini, to taste these wines, back in the early '90s.

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Katie Sandeman appointed Director of Lea & Sandeman

By on 15/11/2012

Following the tragic death of Patrick Sandeman, his wife Katie, who has always been an integral part of the Lea & Sandeman, has been appointed a director of the Company. I am absolutely delighted that Katie has accepted to become my co-director. Katie joined Lea & Sandeman at the very start.

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L&S 2012 Winter Champagne Offers – Part One

By on 08/11/2012

  This year we were happy to be awarded the accolade of best Independent Champagne retailer by the trade mag. 'Harpers', but that pales into insignificance beside the tweet that Jancis Robinson sent out after our last tasting:- "Today's tasting suggested nowhere better in London to buy Champagne than Lea & Sandeman".

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News from the Burgundy front

By on 01/11/2012

I had heard little whispers in the trade along the lines of 'I gather the 2011s are showing pretty well', and taken them with a large dose of scepticism. But my first day of tasting today has left me feeling that the rumours did not say the half of it.

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