Bring a bit of real summer to this dark time of year with some of this amazing white. It includes a variety which might test even the authors of the new great tome 'Wine Grapes', (Jancis Robinson MW, Julia Harding MW and Swiss botanist Dr José Vouillamoz).
From Victoria Moore's column in yesterday's Telegraph, a little raft of recommendations from our last tasting.
Nice note from Liz Sagues in the Ham & High this week:- "I’d planned to write about several more excellent independent merchants here, but there is room only for a quick focus on one, Lea & Sandeman (shops in Chelsea, Kensington, Barnes and Chiswick, online at www.
Many of our customers have been very happy to be introduced to the great value wines from Terras d'Alter over the last year. Obviously we would like even more people to try them, and unsurprisingly so would the winemaker, Peter Bright. Peter's Aussie origins are evident in the fresh fruit and clean brightness of all of these wines.
STAR BUY in Jane Macquitty’s The Times 50 white wines for Christmas 2012. “Superior Picpoul de Pinet, like this star, is worth splashing out on. This zesty 2011, with oodles of ripe, fat, lemon-peel and greengage-layered fruit, closing on a fine, smokey, steely, minerally finish is a triumph. Best with fish of seafood or as an aperitif.”
Saturday, and grey old day in London town, so if you are in the capital, and the weather makes you think you'd rather stay in, you can always shop online. If you feel like getting out, maybe see you for breakfast in Portobello. Here's another addition to our seasonal Champagnes offer.
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.
We may be on the 'beach' here, but golly what a dreary day it is! It seems hardly to have got light today on the western borders of Chelsea.
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.
Beaujolais Villages Nouveau from Domaine Rochette - which can be ordered on the website now for delivery on release day (for those of you in London at least) which is tomorrow, Thursday 15th Nov., or bought in the shops from tomorrow late morning.
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.