Ben

  1. LIFE MUST GO ON
    Categories: tasting

    LIFE MUST GO ON

    Beautiful Blaufrankisch lives on forever! Birth, taxes and death are the three constants in all our lives and the same applies to wine. We only let the last bottle of a fantastic wine sit awaiting a buyer for so long. Eventually, we decide it's your loss, our gain, and we drink it. Today we marked the end of a wonderful wine...
  2. Days of wines and roses
    Categories: tasting & ideas

    Days of wines and roses

    Some people accuse me of loving every wine that I taste. I suppose this may be because I try my best to taste not just for myself but also for those people who may be customers, current or future. It may also be because, here at Alpine Wines, we are so rigorous that there are no 'bad' wines about which...
  3. The hardest job in the world? Tasting stock, August 2016
    Categories: tasting

    The hardest job in the world? Tasting stock, August 2016

    Although we often joke about what a hard task it is to have to constantly taste wine 'so you don't have to', it is an important and necessary part of our responsibility to our customers. For every 30-40 mature wines that we taste, we will find a wine that has 'died' in some way or another which is discreetly removed...
  4. PRIVATE TASTING IN MANCHESTER
    Categories: tasting

    PRIVATE TASTING IN MANCHESTER

    It is one of the most enjoyable aspects of working in the wine trade when a customer decides that they would like a tasting in their home. Ben went to Manchester recently and had a lovely evening with 15 people who ranged from wine lovers to some who had barely ever had wine before. With that variety of experience and...
  5. London Wine Fair
    Categories: event

    London Wine Fair

    Joelle, Robb and Ben arrived in good spirits on Monday 2nd June at Olympia for the London Wine Fair 2014. After 14 years in Excel, the Fair had been rebranded ("International" removed from the title for a start) and brought back to its roots in Olympia. As a new venture, which will continue due to its astonishing success, independent retailers...

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