CHRISTMAS WINES FROM MR WHIRLY!

Simon travels the nooks and crannies of the world to hand-source his wines and they are usually all made by small, boutique producers, which means you’re rarely going to find them anywhere else in London. Simon’s passion for wine shines through with a contagious enthusiasm and whether you are a connoisseur or a novice, you’ll feel right at home in his shop-come-tasting room where you’re sure to discover some real gems. And what better time of year to discover those gems than Christmastime, when any occasion – be it a party, after work, or breakfast – is an occasion to drink wine.

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INSIDE THE WINE LIST: DAVY’S OF LONDON

Davy’s Wine Merchants celebrate their 150th birthday next year and, having only just caught my eye, they seem to be wearing their age very well. Established in an era when deliveries arrived by horse and cart on the cobbled streets of London Town, and serving patrons through two World Wars and into the millennium, this group of 24 traditional wine bars and shops can perhaps give us all a lesson in longevity.

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IN A NUTSHELL: WINES OF ALSACE

I love white wines from Alsace. In general, they are aromatic wines, which can be dry or sweet (or somewhere in between), and I like them best when they have high acidity and blossom aromas, with stone fruit characteristics.  Climate Is Alsace in France or Germany? It is in fact in France, but you’d be […]

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A WEEKEND IN THE LANGUEDOC – PART ONE: LIAUSSON ROUGE

It’s always very fortunate when you have friends who live in wonderful places, especially when you can go and stay with them for a few days. It is even more fortunate when said places are located between 30-50 degrees of latitude (where the grapevines grow) and home to lots of lovely, lovely wine. Chris and Ian live in Liausson, a small village in the Languedoc-Roussillon region in the South of France.

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WINES OF VENICE

‘The campo – the country – begins on the other side of the Ponte della Libertà’ quotes Javier Marías in his book, Venice, An Interior. This is apparently a saying amongst some Venetians who see their city as something held apart from the rest of the world; something separate and unique. Crossing Mussolini’s two mile […]

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