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NZ long white cloud

My wife and I have just returned from a delayed honeymoon to the Land of the Long White Cloud. Whilst I won’t bore you all to tears with the 800 pictures and 2 hours of video we took I did want to mention our tasting at Kumeu River where we met Paul Brajkovick and his

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L&W Bordeaux

Our buyer Nick Dagley shares his report on the latest vintage following a week of tasting in Bordeaux. “This vintage will live long in the memory. Climatically it was a roller coaster which pushed all involved in wine production to the absolute limit; along with the rest of the wine trade I attended a freezing cold

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April sunshine

  Four of us from the L&W sales and buying teams have been lucky enough to enjoy two busy days tasting on the Left Bank. With some pessimism surrounding the vintage prior to the primeurs tastings, we are very keen to offer our impressions and the highlights from 2013. With respect to the reds, we

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Bollinger line up

  Champagne Bollinger at The Gherkin – Wednesday 26th February 2014 Last night we hosted a fantastic evening at the top of the Gherkin with Champagne Bollinger and, by all accounts, everyone had a fabulous time. Guests enjoyed a three course dinner including pâte de campagne and braised lamb followed by cheese and all accompanied

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The road to Castiglione 2014

Nick Dagley and Micah Dougall from our buying team are in Piedmont this week and as they finish their tastings, and the snow arrives, they’ve sent us a few thoughts on the week. “2010 looks like a consistent and excellent vintage, with definite highlights in Barolo – Gianluca Grasso clearly thinks his wines are better

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Stacy continues to tell all about her trip to Maison Krug… “We were able to sample the still wines from the 2013 harvest which were extraordinary. The house separates the recent harvest by vineyard and then each barrel is a different microclimate from within that vineyard. This blew my mind to think that they are

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Last week, Stacy Green from our Customer Services team had a tough job, but someone had to do it. “Where do I start? Last week I was lucky enough to go on one of the greatest trips of my life and the Business Premier Lounge at St Pancras’ International was only the beginning… Courtesy of

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Last night we held our annual Burgundy En Primeur Tasting in London and, once again, we were delighted with the event as customers took the opportunity to taste the 2012 vintage and meet some of the producers who travelled from Burgundy to join us. Our Operations Manager, Nick Pitcher gives us his take on the

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Monday 6th January We arrived in Beaune ready to start collecting the 2012 vintage samples for our Burgundy tasting to be held at Glaziers Hall, London on Monday 13th January.  These are taken from the tank, prior to finishing, so we have to collect them as close to the event as possible to ensure their

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Roasted-Goose-Lay & Wheeler

Whilst I am proud of my origins, I would generally consider myself (and I think my friends would agree) as well-integrated into this country and a very British sort of Frenchman, if there is such a thing. I absolutely love British traditions (and the Brits’ attachment to those traditions). Where I do struggle, however, is

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Quick LInks & Recent Posts

NZ long white cloud

New Zealand – is this what dreams are made of? April 9, 2014

L&W Bordeaux

2013 Bordeaux – Lucky for some April 8, 2014

April sunshine

Four go to Bordeaux April 2, 2014

Bollinger line up

Big bottles of Bollinger February 27, 2014

The road to Castiglione 2014

The high road to Castiglione January 30, 2014

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