Germany 2020 – Fluid Flair

Germany 2020 – Fluid Flair

Wednesday 25th August 2021
by Mark Dearing

Germany 2020 – Fluid Flair

Dorothee Zilliken summed it up best when she said that “the 2020 vintage is like opening the window in the morning during a long hot summer and breathing in the cool, fresh air”. Absolutely. But for us more perfunctory tasters, we relied on descriptors such as “irresistible”, “beautifully-weighted” and “charming” with almost tedious repetition in our 2020 tastings this year. Having now acquainted ourselves with the new releases from Germany’s greatest estates, it is our view that it is in the graceful Kabinetts, refined, lacy Spätlesen, and superlative Trocken and Grosses Gewächs that the peaks of the vintage are to be found. 
The Roaring ‘20s

The Roaring ‘20s

Thursday 13th May 2021
by Tom Jenkins

The Roaring '20s

Numerologists probably decided 2020 was destined for greatness many years ago. Every vintage ending with a zero is marked by success in the same way that seven spells disaster. Whilst 2020 is indeed the culmination of an unmatched trilogy, it was certainly not straightforward for vignerons and winemakers.

The Don

The Don

Thursday 6th May 2021
by Mark Dearing

The Don

Despite Cape Town being 6,000 miles from London (plus another 300 miles from Edinburgh!), and travel between the two cities clearly being a challenge for a little while yet, we were nevertheless graced by the presence of Donovan Rall in our living rooms just a few weeks ago.

Through the auspices of Zoom technology (once again) we were thrilled to host forty-five on and off-trade clients spanning the length and breadth of the UK, and encompassing all sorts of hotels, restaurants and retailers, not to mention a few of the world’s most famous fine dining establishments, for a Rall Wines masterclass in advance of the trade’s emergence from what has been a thoroughly miserable third lockdown since December. With things looking up, and spring supposedly just around the corner, we relished the opportunity to taste the lighter, fresher wines in the Rall portfolio, and bring together (virtually) a cohort of people who might enjoy them. So it was, that the fine-boned, vibrant Grenache Blanc and juicy, attractive Cinsault made many new friends, whilst the ever-impressive Rall White and Red strutted their confident stuff. Donovan’s dulcet Afrikaner tones provided invaluable insight into the origins and philosophy behind each wine.

Piedmont 2017 Vintage webinar

Piedmont 2017 Vintage webinar

Thursday 22nd April 2021
by Giles Burke-Gaffney

Featuring Elisa Scavino and Pierguido Busso.

In lieu of our annual Italy 2017 tasting, we hosted a Zoom webinar with two of Piedmont’s leading lights: Elisa Scavino from Paolo Scavino and Pierguido Busso of Piero Busso. Our Buying Director Giles Burke-Gaffney, gained their insights into the 2017 vintage, offering combined perspectives that extend right across the Barolo and Barbaresco regions.

Burgundy 2019 En Primeur: Côte de Nuits Webinar

Burgundy 2019 En Primeur: Côte de Nuits Webinar

Friday 15th January 2021
by Giles Burke-Gaffney

Featuring Bruno Clair and Jean Grivot.

 In lieu of our annual Burgundy 2019 tasting, we hosted a Zoom webinar with three of the region’s greatest estates: Arthur Clair from Bruno Clair and Mathilde Grivot from Jean Grivot. To view the wines in this year's offer click here


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