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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • HORRIBLE WEATHER DEVASTATES VINEYARDS

    At the end of April, Loire, Champagne, Burgundy, Neuchâtel and Northern Switzerland, Germany, Graubünden and almost all of Austria were all hit by three nights of freezing temperatures at one of the worst possible times of the year. Worst hit were parts of the French Loire and Austrian Steiermark where...
  • WELL DONE RALPH!

    I told you it's all good at Weinhof Waldschütz. After getting a silver medal last year (with his first solo wine, the Grüner Veltliner Brunnthal) this year Ralph wins Gold at the Sommelier Wine Awards with his lovely Riesling Classic. This marks the wine as delicious, distinctive, and excellent value - all of which we...

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