2018 marks an important anniversary for Lea & Sandeman as we celebrate our 30th Anniversary, but also for Nyetimber, probably England's most famous producer of Sparkling Wine. In 1988, as Charles and Patrick were busy setting up L&S in London, the Nyetimber vines were being planted here in West Sussex.
2016 PIES NEGROS RIOJA Crianza Bodegas y Viñedos Artuke [caption id="attachment_29446" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Artuke Vines[/caption] Brothers Arturo and Kike (Artu-ke) are making such great wines in their beautiful corner of Rioja and this 2016 Pies Negro - their Crianza - is another complete gem.
When the sun beats down out of a clear blue sky, and the garden starts to frazzle; when the designer shades are donned and inadvisably exposed skin is allowed to soak up the ultra-violet; the vinously inclined have hitherto been apt to reach for crisp white wines and the palest of pale rosés of course, all nicely chilled, leaving any red wine undisturbed in the wine-rack until the Autumn.
One of the great thrills of working in this business is the chance to get into the cellars and taste wines straight from the barrel with the winemaker. To taste a wine in its most natural, 'un-mucked-about-with' state is a great experience.
'En Rama' style sherry is something we have championed since it first hit the market 8 years ago when Gonzales Byass released their fabulous, limited release Tio Pepe - straight from the barrel. 'En Rama' is the purest, least 'mucked-about-with' wine you can get your hands on, a rare chance to taste wines straight from the barrel just as the cellar master finds it.
It is beginning to look as though Spring may finally be upon us, and so we have all been sat around wondering what we should tell you about our choice of wines for the sunnier seasons.
If you’ve found yourself overwhelmed by choice, we’ve made a few carefully selected lists to help you choose some great summer wines.
Our season of sparkling Summer offers continues with two great champagnes: non vintage TAITTINGER, and the ever popular RUINART in all three styles. We are also offering a 'great value copy of champagne' DENOIS' Methode Traditionelle'. TAITTINGER remains an independently owned champagne house and still produces wonderfully fine wines, based upon 40% Chardonnay, which is about double that used by most houses.
Tickets are selling fast for our SUMMER WINE TASTING at the Burlington Pavillion at Chiswick House on Thursday 16th June. We have a line-up of 30 brilliant wines to accompany your Summer, along with a Barbadian Rum to cleanse the palate as you go! The whole event will be very informal, and wine snobbery should be left at the park gates.
Come and join us in the grounds of the historic Chiswick House for a tasting of great LEA & SANDEMAN wines for the Summer season on Thursday 16th June 2011, from 7.
Patrick and Katie host the annual Summer lunch party for company staff and families in their Putney garden.