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German sign

Whilst not strictly visiting wine country, Hayley from our Fine Wine Trading team still managed to garner some interesting information about German wine drinking habits, in a place many Germans don’t even believe exists…(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bielefeld_Conspiracy) “Thundering along the autobahn at 100 MPH in the relentless summer sun (there are no speed limits on large sections of the German motorway),

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MicahandPaula1

More from Paula’s trip to Germany. “After more bread, cheese and meat for breakfast we headed off to Villa Wolf at Wachenheim in the Pfalz, the estate and vineyards leased by Ernie Loosen. One of the winemakers, Sumi, greeted us on arrival along with Mucke, a splendid Great Dane that took quite a shine to

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Vines at Hermannshöhle, Dönnhoff

Paula Hunter from the Fine Wine Plan team has recently returned from Germany and it sounds like a brilliant trip. “Having just returned from a non-stop, action packed, fun filled tasting tour I thought I had better write a few words. The Masters of Riesling Tour is hosted by ABS and the lovely Kate was

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tasting bottles

Three of our Sales team (Paula, Al and Hayley) are all in the throes of studying for the final exam of the WSET Diploma. In her wakefulness last night, Hayley shared some of her thoughts about how it has had an effect on her drinking habits. “With less than three weeks until the final exam,

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Castelli de Verdhuno

Last weekend my family and I travelled to Alba for a short two night break – another holiday I hear you cry and yes I’m afraid it was! Leaving on Friday with Ryanair (they have improved!) we flew into Genoa where the airport is picturesquely, if precariously, located next to the sea making for an

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Kitchen scene

Will Hepworth, Account Manager for the Fine Wine Plan, spent the evening slaving away in the kitchen. ” There are certain universal truths in life among which we can include the fact that triangular sandwiches taste better than square ones and people who don’t drive slam car doors too hard. It’s also fair to say

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Devonport

Our Director, Dave Smith, continues to share tales of his trip to New Zealand – we’re not envious at all! “As mentioned in my earlier post my recent trip to New Zealand was a honeymoon trip – albeit belated given that we were married 2 years ago. We’d taken months to plan our trip with

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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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Quick LInks & Recent Posts

German sign

Ich bin perplexed… August 22, 2014

MicahandPaula1

Masters of Riesling…part 2 July 11, 2014

Vines at Hermannshöhle, Dönnhoff

Masters of Riesling Tour July 10, 2014

tasting bottles

The reality of revision May 23, 2014

Castelli de Verdhuno

Piedmont – Wine and Food Heaven May 20, 2014

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