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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. HORRIBLE WEATHER DEVASTATES VINEYARDS
    Categories: news

    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 losses at the moment near 90%. Many of our producers...
  4. WELL DONE RALPH!
    Categories: tasting & news

    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 knew of course, but it is always nice to have...
  5. AUSTRIAN WINE TASTING AT LEEDS UNIVERSITY
    Categories: tasting

    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 introduction to Austrian wines. Klostersekt Stift Klosterneuburg Cuvée comprising 60...
  6. Christmas Biscuits: Sablés
    Categories: recipes

    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. This one is non negotiable though. We usually make a...
  7. NEW SITE LAUNCHED
    Categories: news

    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? What's missing?
  8. 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...
  9. DOMAINE DES MUSES AT MOSIMANN'S
    Categories: event

    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 with us. The "Celebration of Mature Vintages" ("La Nuit des...

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