INTERNATIONAL SHERRY WEEK 2019

If, when you think of sherry, you think of your grandmother sipping on Bristol Cream from a tiny glass at Christmastime, you need to update your information. Sherry is an incredibly versatile wine, ranging from bone-dry to sticky-sweet, with a full pantry of flavours to entice the palate – nuts, lemon peel, raisins, caramel… Furthermore, […]

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SIPPING ON BLANC DE BLANCS AT JENKYN PLACE

Being invited to a private tasting of Jenkyn Place’s first ever Blanc de Blancs in their beautiful Hampshire estate, standing next to the very vines upon which the ‘blancs’ were grown… it’s a yes from me. Even when dark clouds started to roll in and the heavens threatened to open, there was nothing that could […]

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ACE THE DIPLOMA WITH JIM GORE’S GLOBAL WINE ACADEMY

If you’re a WSET Diploma student wishing to give yourself the highest chance at passing the exams (with flying colours too), the courses and masterclasses from Global Wine Academy are going to be your best friends. These courses, led by Jim Gore, former Principal of the WSET Wine School, delve into the nitty gritty of […]

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TASTING NOTE: WHITEHAVEN SAUVIGNON BLANC

Sauvignon Blanc is the famous white grape of Bordeaux, but it seems like these days, Marlborough in New Zealand is just as well-known for it. In France, Sauvignon Blanc is all citrus (lemons and limes), green fruits (gooseberry, green apple) and usually some asparagus. It always possesses a high, refreshing acidity, and the cooler the […]

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LEZ ARTS: IT’S ALL ABOUT THE MAGNUM, BABY!

There is something about opening a magnum, isn’t there? The sheer size of it is novel enough, but the whole feeling of opening a magnum is different. First of all, there’s the celebratory aspect – you’re going to be with friends having fun (I wouldn’t recommend opening one if you’re by yourself, no) and, secondly, […]

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TASTING NOTE: FLEUR DE MER ROSÉ

Fleur de Mer Côtes de Provence Rosé 2018 Ah! The summer is here and this very bottle makes me think of skipping across a lavender-flecked hillside, white dress billowing, hair flowing behind – perhaps I am carrying a basket of flowers or – even better – freshly picked herbs to make dinner with later in […]

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