Yesterday we held our 'Annual Tasting' - the biggest showcase event for our wines each year. As we closed the doors of the beautiful Trinity House at just after 8.30 last night the whole team were 'abuzz' after a fabulous, exhilarating day of tasting, chatting to the 20 winemakers who came to present their wines and catching up with so many customers and journalists too.
There is a wealth of choice of critical reporting on Bordeaux 2015. Maybe too much for any one voice to be heard. Perhaps the merchant's view is becoming more important again in the absence of the absolute arbiter that has been Robert Parker - but in the end it is your casting vote - 'is it worth a punt?' - that matters.
All of these from our extensive Christmas fizz offer made it into the top choices for the FT from Jancis' recent festive fizz survey: BARNAUT Blanc de Noirs Brut Grand Cru Bouzy "Big and brawny.
Eric Chevalier is something of a young maverick in the Loire valley, and having discovered his exceptional Fie Gris (Sauvignon Gris) some years ago while travelling through the region, we were thrilled when he introduced us this year to an equally exceptional Muscadet 'La Noë'.
Great Whites by Jancis Robinson In Jancis Robinson's penultimate round up of seasonal wines in the FT Weekend Magazine she highlights some of her selected 'great whites', to accompany the sparkling and red wines already published over the previous weekends. There's nothing quite like six of the best from Jancis! South African Sauvignon with class: Dombeya Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Stellenbosch £10.
Chris Herbert was among Diploma students asked a five-part question about ‘Commandaria’ in his exam. Neither he nor any of his fellow examinees had ever heard of it, and neither had anyone in our office either, so we thought we would try it out on Jancis…