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  1. Meet Mondeuse Noire

    Meet Mondeuse Noire
    One of these varieties everyone should have heard of, but so few have. Syrah's grandfather, or perhaps Syrah's half sister, and gloriously Alpine. It should be one of the next big things. You meet that intriguing dark stranger. They might have stepped out from a Brontë novel but one set in Savoie. Though you could fall in love with them and...
  2. ALPINE WINES AUSTRIAN TOUR PT1

    ALPINE WINES AUSTRIAN TOUR PT1
    It is a far, far better thing to sleep until the sun has risen than to crawl from bed at 3.30am to enable you to catch a flight to Vienna. Sleep aside, however, the end definitely justified the means. Joelle, Robb and the wine-dog, Ziro, had gone on ahead a few days earlier, by car. On this trip I was...
  3. RECIPE: CHERVIL SOUP

    RECIPE: CHERVIL SOUP
    Light soups are perfect in Spring when it's nowhere near as warm as we wish it were, but when cooking hearty winter fare would feel too much like defeat. This one is perfect with a Furmint or Sauvignon blanc. You can do the same with any other herb of your choice, rocket, wild garlic or nettle. Recipe translated from one shared...
  4. We love Schnitzel

    We love Schnitzel
    If you follow us on social media, you might have gotten the impression that we have a mad love for Schnitzel. Allow me to correct you: we're a lot crazier for Schnitzel than you think! And that's not counting Cordon Bleu, which we love possibly more! I mean, it is Schnitzel with ham and cheese added... We're pretty certain that fried, breaded...
  5. I'm not old!

    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 are still good, they remain for sale. We regularly revisit...
  6. LIFE MUST GO ON

    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...
  7. AUSTRIAN RED RESERVE TASTING

    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 the top 40 and those that did not. These are...
  8. Cinderella

    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 the week nicely. Three people at three different computers all...
  9. In Conversation with Gilles Besse

    In Conversation with Gilles Besse
    Jean-René Germanier is one of Switzerland’s top wine producers. Founded in 1886, making it one of the oldest Swiss wineries, this family owned company is now headed by 3rd generation Jean-René and his nephew Gilles Besse. The boutique winery produces unique, award-winning wines such as Cayas, Mitis and Champmarais Cornalin, which are enjoyed at the best tables in Europe. Available...
  10. YORKSHIRE WINE SCHOOL WINE FAIR - SEPTEMBER 11TH 2016

    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. The Wine Fair marks their fifth birthday and celebrates the...

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