BUBBLY TREATS for the festive season. Jancis Robinson recommended 25 'bubblys' in the first of her 'Top 100 festive wines' series, in Saturday's FT Weekend Magazine. Many of them were highlighted as stocked by Lea & Sandeman (indeed some are direct imports of ours), and here is that selection together with her tasting notes.
CHRISTMAS TREATS at Lea & Sandeman It’s going to be carnage again in the supermarkets this Christmas, as they advertise eye-wateringly discounted prices for champagnes, whiskies, wines and just about anything else in an attempt to draw customers in through the door.
WE NOW OFFER FREE UK MAINLAND DELIVERY! Take advantage of our NEW FREE UK MAINLAND* delivery this Christmas on all orders over £100. *(some exclusions apply). All orders received up until midnight on Sunday 18th December are guaranteed for delivery before Christmas (unless the country grinds to a standstill with snow and ice).
Last night Lea & Sandeman hosted the NSPCC City Fine Wine Challenge for the sixth year running. Twenty four tables of ten, from leading city companies including KPMG, Grenpact, Diligenta and IBM, packed the room at RIBA following a Champagne Benedick reception, to take part in the interactive quiz while tasting eight wines, mostly blind.
Beaujolais 'Nouveau'! 'Mon Dieu!' you might well say, as at Lea & Sandeman we announce that we are offering a BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU for release this coming 'Beaujolais Thursday', 17th November, and we would not be at all surprised to hear you say so, since we really cannot remember the last time we did release one! But this is not just any old (new) Beaujolais.
Following our large and very well attended tasting at the Vintners' Hall in mid October, a number of wines have been already been written about by various journalists, and finally Jancis Robinson has published her notes on her website.
There is a saying that there is 'no such thing as a great wine, only great bottles', and so often these great bottles are all the more memorable for where, when and with whom they were drunk.
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.
THE SHERRY REVOLUTION - Gunshots in the vineyards and the release of GONZALEZ BYASS' stunningly great 'PALMAS' rare old Finos. To coincide with the release of Gonzalez Byass' rare old 'Palmas' Finos, Mauricio Gonzalez invited me, together with a small group of other wine merchants, to Jerez to visit both the Bodegas and vineyards, and take part in a small wild partridge shoot in the 'Bonanza' vineyards, midway between Sanlucar and Trebujena.
Just when we were thinking that 2010 Bordeaux was all over, the Delmas-Montrose team decide to release the 2010 Chateau Tronquoy Lalande. This was a favourite 'hit-list' contender at the outset of the campaign, as all tasters were impressed by this even better follow up to the fantastic 2009.
Lea & Sandeman will take part in The Wine Gang Christmas fair. (It's not actually at Christmas, but in time for you to think about what to stock up with before Christmas) on Saturday 29th October at Vinopolis. Click the logo to see more details and book tickets via TicketSoup The Wine Gang Christmas Wine Fair 2011 - London Where? Vinopolis, No.
The Lea & Sandeman Autumn tasting was great fun for us all, attended during the day by many journalists and trade buyers, and in the evening by nearly 200 paying customers, many of who took advantage of the evening's offer to refund their ticket in full against the value of orders taken on the night.