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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BLACK FOREST WINE CLUB

Black Forest Wine Club. It just sounds cool, doesn’t it. Do you have to know about Black Forest wines to be part of the club? No. Do you even have to know about the Black Forest at all? No. Just come with a thirst for great wine and the appetite of a hungry German. So, […]

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ROSÉ FOOD PAIRINGS WITH VINS DE PROVENCE

As soon as the sun makes an appearance in London, the rosé corks seem to pop by themselves. Any city rooftop swarms with relaxed, smiling faces, aglow with rosy reflections from the pink nectar sloshing around in their wine glasses. Not just any pink, mind, a specific pink; a very pale pink, as if the […]

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BLACKBOOK WINERY’S SPRING WINES

Blackbook is an urban winery located in Battersea, tucked away in the London Stone Business Estate. It’s a fully working winery and is usually open for tours and tastings – just give them a shout and I’m sure they’ll arrange a little intro to their wines for you. I visited recently to try their spring […]

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HATCH MANSFIELD – 25 YEARS IN THE MAKING

During the First World War, a young cavalry officer was stationed at a location in France which was so beautiful that, years later, he returned to buy acres of vineyards there. These were the finest Champagne producing vineyards in the whole of the region and, before too long, he became the head of the most […]

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