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  • 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...
  • 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
  • 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...
  • I'm not old!

    I fell in love with mature white wines with "old" Rhône whites. "they" often tell you viognier can't age much, but I have had extraordinary wine moments with wines people would tell you don't make sense. So I don't give up on wines - I taste them and if they...
  • 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...
  • AUSTRIAN RED RESERVE TASTING

    Now that the March edition of Decanter has been released, we can congratulate those of our winemakers who had wines in the top 40 list for Reserve reds from indigenous grapes. The list gives the scores and the order of the wines and we were intrigued by the wines that made...
  • Cinderella

    Friday January 6th, we're getting ready to send the newsletter out. As is our habit, Friday at the end of the day we open a bottle of a wine (or two) we've had a while, for our own Friday "wine o'clock" revisit. Check it out, update our tasting notes, finish...
  • YORKSHIRE WINE SCHOOL WINE FAIR - SEPTEMBER 11TH 2016

    On Sunday, September 11th 2016, we were in Leeds at The Old Flax Store (better known as the home of Northern Monk Brewery), in Holbeck. Yorkshire Wine School are a local, independent wine education company which specialises in hosting wine tastings and wine courses in Leeds, York, Harrogate and Sheffield...
  • 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...
  • 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...

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