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  • AUSTRIAN WINE TASTING AT LEEDS UNIVERSITY

    Only rarely do you manage to have a wine tasting where all the people are pleased all of the time. This was one of them. Despite being a mainly 'red' group, the members of the LUUWS found a new appreciation for white wines thanks to the quality presented in this...
  • Christmas Biscuits: Sablés

    We call them "GUETZLI" The Swiss are as Christmas biscuit baking crazy as their neighbours in Austria and Germany and it is quite common to bake a dozen different ones. We're only two at home and so have become lazy, so most years only a couple of easy favourites are made...
  • NEW SITE LAUNCHED

    It's taken us a very long time and it's still not 100% finished, but we have finally launched our new site. More content, easier (we hope) search and navigation, more stories, more wines and easier buying. Explore by: winemaker region grape just the wines, thanks! So what do you think...
  • 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...
  • DOMAINE DES MUSES AT MOSIMANN'S

    On Thursday March 19th 2015, we were welcomed by Anton Mosimann into his spectacular private club for an evening that will never be forgotten. Update: see the article by Julia Harding MW for JancisRobinson.com which came out of this dinner - normally only for subscribers to JancisRobinson.com but gracefully shared...
  • MARCH FOR THE INDEPENDENTS

    On Tuesday 3rd March, Robb and Ben took an early train and went to St. Ermin’s Hotel, London, for Harper’s March for the Independents event. We had with us the following wines: Heidi Schröck Weisse Löwen 2013 St Germain Blanc de Savoie Coutaz 2013 Uvavins Doral “Expression” 2013 Triebaumer Rosé...
  • IN CONVERSATION WITH ROBERT TARAMARCAZ

    Wine is magical. It connects people and gives pleasure. I am following my dream combining art and wine." The Domaine des Muses Estate, in Sierre, Valais, Switzerland, was founded in 1992 by Nicole and Louis Taramarcaz. Their son, Robert Taramarcaz, a trained enologist, joined in 2002.  Robert has since shown...
  • YVES DE MESTRAL WINE DINNER - NOVEMBER 26

    On November 26th 2014 we met at the Bell Inn in Stilton - http://www.thebellstilton.co.uk/ - with Yves de Mestral from Maison Blanche (and the next generation, Antoine). The price for the dinner was £50.00 for 6 courses (including the canapés) and 9 wines, which was subsidised by us and Maison Blanche in...
  • IN CONVERSATION WITH ELISABETH HAUSGNOST

    Meet Elisabeth Wine is the great passion of Elisabeth Hausgnost. She grew up in a winery near Krems and studied viticulture in Klosterneuburg. After some years of international wine trading she decided to start her own business - Wein & Genuss (wine & relish). Every year she selects the best...
  • IN CONVERSATION WITH LEO ALZINGER

    Leo Alzinger- Unterloiben, Wachau, Austria. "To create good wine you need to have sure instinct. Each wine develops differently. The wine cannot be just a design on the drawing board, its character has to be explored and promoted.” The Wachau is one of the most beautiful cultural landscapes in Austria. With...

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