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Russian Vodka

Ok so we don’t normally do politics, nor do we do spirits; however these are exceptional times. The Drinks Business recently posted an article on this subject, some of which is worth reproducing here. Amidst the Russian invasion of Ukraine, a movement to boycott Russian vodka in bars and shops has risen. The issues many…

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Bordeaux: Up For Discussion

The wines for this tasting were provided by L’Ecole du Vin de Bordeaux. If you are ever in the city I recommend their courses, many of which are held in English. The wines tasted were as follows: Cuvee Clemence 2020 – aromas of lemon and pineapple with some oak on the palate, although less on…

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English Wine Week – good to see English wine doing so well

According to Harpers sales of English and Welsh wines increased by around 30% in 2020 over the previous year, according to the latest industry figures released by Wine GB.  Sales in the past year had not only been boosted by the increasing thirst among Brits for home-grown wines, but also by a “boom” in wine…

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Highlights of LWF 2021 – Huneeus Wines Leviathan 2018 Napa / Sonoma

This year’s London Wine Fair was held virtually and tasting samples were distributed in small test tube like bottles.  It worked really well and they arrived in perfect condition.  This was one of my favourites. This is a blend of merlot, cabernet franc, syrah and petit syrah.  Very deep colour with intense aromas of cherry,…

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Highlights of LWF 2021 – Diatomists Medium Single Bota aged 19 years

This year’s London Wine Fair was held virtually and tasting samples were distributed in small test tube like bottles.  It worked really well and they arrived in perfect condition.  This was one of my favourites. Sweetened sherries sometimes get a bad press; however this one had aromas of marmalade, Christmas cake and cooked fruits.  It…

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Highlights of LWF 2021 – Alpasion Grand Cabernet Franc 2018

This year’s London Wine Fair was held virtually and tasting samples were distributed in small test tube like bottles.  It worked really well and they arrived in perfect condition.  This was one of my favourites. From the Uco Valley in Argentina where some of their vineyards are located between 1,200 and 1,500 meters above sea…

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Harvey’s Old Ale – Beer of the Month October 2018

Yes, we love beer too, especially this one.  A dark, warming brew, burnt sugars and roasted malts compliment the premium Maris Otter barley, supplanting the light bitterness of aroma hops. With hints of dried fruit and dates, this rich ale has been likened to the oak: steadfast throughout the year, regardless of the season.  It…

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