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New Delicious Provence Rosé – Château La Gardonne

Jonny Wren has discovered a delicious new Provence Rosé I do enjoy a drop of rosé but occasionally I taste one that really stands out from the crowd and that’s what happened with this stunner. What delighted me about Château La Gordonne was how delicious it was as a wine in its own right – […]

A Springtime Visit to Rioja with Casa Primicia

Spring is a beautiful time to visit most places in Europe but it’s perfect for visiting home of one of the world’s most famous red wines. Rioja has three areas – Baja, where you find the more industrial, mass-producing companies, Alta and Alavesa, these both at a higher altitude and home of the region’s finest wines. Alavesa also boasts […]

Tio Pepe Fino En Rama 2016 Release – Secure Your Stock!

It’s the most important time of the year in the Sherry calendar – the new release of Tio Pepe En Rama. Currently being bottled without fining or filtering this is the closest you get to tasting Fino when it’s as fresh as a daisy, direct from the barrel. Only 60 selected casks are used in […]

New wines a success at Long Pond wine tasting

It seems that EPWAS is stronger than ever. For those of you that do not know who EPWAS are (and that’s everyone as I’ve just made it up) it’s the Eltham Park Wine Appreciation Society, a group of customers of the Long Pond micropub in Westmount Road, Eltham that gather for a wine tasting quarterly hosted […]

Produttori del Barbaresco – Riserva Cru New Releases

Thursday saw the UK release of the 2011 Riserva Crus from the brilliant Produttori del Barbaresco and what a way to launch them – a masterclass with the main man – the PdB President, Aldo Vacca. The winery only releases these single vineyard Crus in exceptional vintages and 2011 has reached these dizzy heights. First a brief […]

The wine tasting season is upon us

I take my New Year resolutions very seriously, especially the one about finding even more delicious wines for the wine lovers of Kent. It’s certainly tasting season for the UK wine trade with about 3 tastings happening per day over the next 4 weeks but, despite my dedication to the cause, I can’t attend them […]

Dryanuray destroyed by delicious Barolo

I’ve never been one for Dryanuary (nor for its recently adopted name either). For those that that enjoy taking part then good for you, but for the others that constantly whinge about it then I have these words of advice – Don’t do it, just drink less all year round. You’ll find this much more […]

Game for Syrah this winter

On recent trip to Newcastle I lunched at the excellent Jesmond Dene House. As inevitably is always the case for someone in my profession, I was called upon to order wine for the table (us fussy wine merchants like to be in control but ). It was an excellent list and my first instinct was […]

The best bottle of wine I ever tasted

This a question I get asked often; or what’s the most expensive bottle of wine you’ve ever tasted, which too many people equate to the same thing, but more often than not they couldn’t be

Trip to Tuscany Visiting Capezzana

One of life’s great pleasures is enjoying a glass of ‘super Tuscan’. What’s even better is when drinking it on the terrace of the estate itself, with the view of the rolling hills of Tuscany

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2015 Chianti Classico, Casuccio Tarletti, Tuscany

“The wonderful balance of perfume and structure make this a magnificent example of the brilliant 2015 Vintage” JW Casuccio Tarletti is a small estate on the hills of the Chianti Classico zone overlooking Siena. It is owned by Bruna Baroncini whose excellent wines from the Tuscan region of Marrema I have sold for many years. […]

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2016 Barbera d’Asti Superiore ‘Crocera’ – Top Value Red of 2019 So Far!

2016 Barbera d’Asti Superiore ‘Crocera’, Il Cascinone, Piemonte “Intense, ripe and juicy and another great wine from Il Cascinone that overdelivers” JW The producer Il Cascinone can do no wrong in my eyes at the moment. I have worked with them for almost five years with their Campo Fiorito Chardonnay (a ringer for quality Maçon) […]

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