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  1. Sad and Strange Times

    Sad and Strange Times
    How surreal it all feels. As I rewrite this update for the 10th time now, I still don't know what to say. Like all of you I am worried. About family and friends, about suppliers and customers, and about the shape of the future.   Alpine Wines is run mostly from home and a specialised drinks warehouse, no store, and we've...
  2. Beaujolais vintages

    Beaujolais vintages
    What makes a good vintage? Generally speaking this depends on what you like. Taste, keep tasting, and taste some more (sorry...) A typical year in Beaujolais should produce wines of medium body, aromatic and fruity, with complexity emerging over the years. If the year does not allow for good ripening they can be overly fresh. In years when there is...
  3. Revisiting Les Larmoises

    Revisiting Les Larmoises
    As you know, we check our wines regularly - to keep our tasting notes up to date and make sure they are still up to my standard. Sometimes we have to let a wine go because there is too much variation from bottle to bottle. We can't sell wine that could be a "great or dud" lottery! These often come...
  4. Taste and buy IN PERSON this Autumn

    Taste and buy IN PERSON this Autumn
    To pick up your order from us on the day, order by October 7th Three Wine Men, November 9th, Cambridge This will be our third visit to Cambrige - look forward to seeing you there! Book here To pick up your order from us on the day, order by November 4th Three Wine Men Cambridge, November 9th, Cambridge This will...
  5. Alpine Wines Trade Events

    We are increasing our trade show presence this year. Please come by and taste 2019 SITT Autumn: MONDAY 9th SEPTEMBER 2019, London WEDNESDAY 11th SEPTEMBER 2019, Manchester Swiss Delicacies, September 12 2019, London At the Guild of Fine Food. Information here Swiss Delicacies, September 12 2019, London At the Guild of Fine Food. Information here To pick up your order...
  6. Joelle's Favourites, March 2019

    Joelle's Favourites, March 2019
    A new selection for April based on what I loved in March - I even let Robb pick one! If you're curious, here are my choices
  7. Ben's Alpine Wines Austrian Tour Part 2

    Ben's Alpine Wines Austrian Tour Part 2
    On Tuesday we packed our bags and said goodbye to the little part of Vienna which had been our home. Waldschütz Our first stop was north of the city to the town of Sachsendorf where we visited the beautiful winery of Waldschütz. We have been importing Waldschütz wine for a few years and they keep getting better and winning multiple...
  8. CHEESE FONDUE

    CHEESE FONDUE
    How to make fondue and everything we've learned over the years.
  9. Advice: Keeping Open Bottles

    Advice: Keeping Open Bottles
    An open bottle will oxidise if left for half a day or so, sometimes less. What can we do about it?
  10. RACLETTE AND FONDUE

    RACLETTE AND FONDUE
    Cheese Fondue is a blend of melted cheese and wine that people eat straight from the pot, dipping bread. Keep going until you can't anymore or the pot is empty. Raclette is scraped melted cheese. You put a block of cheese near a grill to melt a layer and then scrape it off. Serve on potatoes, with pickles. Keep going...

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