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Lay & Wheeler’s tasting of Italian Wines – Staff Picks

After an outstanding tasting last night, the Lay & Wheeler team pick out their absolute favourites; wines that might be making an appearance in their very own cellars! Ludo Surina My highlight of the night wasn’t necessarily the very best wine in the room (that may have been the 2011 Barolo Rocche dell’Annunziata from Roberto

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Bienvenue à Bordeaux – a novice’s day 1

I have been fortunate in my very brief time working in wine to travel to taste in pretty awesome places. To perhaps over generalise, in October in Burgundy, when I found myself descending into cellars that perfectly fitted my preconceptions of what a ‘Cave’ should be. We tasted wines extracted with precision by long, fragile, glass

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Red Burgundy and Revelations

Nick Connell, our Sales Manager, shares with us his thoughts on a particularly enjoyable bottle – and reflects on the perspective it brings: Last night I had the pleasure of enjoying a glass or two of Domaine de l’Arlot, Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru les Suchots 2004. 2004 is not the most celebrated of Burgundy vintages, but

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In praise of 2013

Do you remember the summer of 2013 well? No, me neither. Somewhere in the long hangover from 2012’s incredible Olympic summer, 2013 seems to have been misplaced. And as a wine lovers, we seem to keep being told that 2013 is a year to forget? Well, I couldn’t disagree more. Yes, Bordeaux’s 2013 was an

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Rhone 2013 tasting: Our highlights

Wednesday night   was our annual Rhone tasting. This tasting is always a real pleasure, thanks not only to wines that constitute a super tasting experience, but also thanks to the conviviality, openness and bon viveur of the producers of the Rhone. Over the past few weeks, cardboard boxes full of all the delights of spring

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Brunello 2010: ‘Vintage of a Lifetime?’

James Suckling recently labelled Brunello di Montalcino’s 2010 ‘a vintage of a lifetime’. I must admit, I’m wary of such descriptions. They risk devaluing previous and subsequent harvests; what, for example, if there were another ‘vintage of a lifetime’ in five, ten, twenty years? Feeling that 2010 Brunello deserved appraisal with Mr Suckling’s words ringing

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Kumeu River – Burgundy, a world apart?

Old World. New World. There is a tendency amongst wine writing and wine writers to compare the two in every way they can. Understandable; maybe. The old world remains the known, the new world is perhaps the unknown. The suitability of these comparisons is a debate for another day, another article. But in the meantime,

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Ornellaia’s Le Serre Nuove Vertical Tasting 20th October 2014

Micah, our buying assistant, shares his thoughts on a recent vertical tasting of La Serre Nuove, second wine of Ornellaia:   This week spelled a lucky opportunity for the wine trade – a chance to taste through a rare collection of previous vintages of Serre Nuove courtesy of celebrated winemaker, Axel Heinz. Axel’s experience in

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Vin de Constance from Klein Constantia – A taste of history?

“My dear,” said she, entering, “I have just recollected that I have some of the finest old Constantia wine in the house that ever was tasted, so I have brought a glass of it for your sister. My poor husband! how fond he was of it! Whenever he had a touch of his old colicky

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Penfolds – Corporate but Brilliant

Today marked the launch of the newest releases from Penfolds. Is there any other wine-producing country where one single producer is so preeminent? Chateau Musar in Lebanon, perhaps, but Lebanese wines doesn’t find itself on the dinner tables of Britain quite as often as its Aussie counterparts. So understandably Penfolds releases tend to be accompanied

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