Christmas Fayre

Christmas Fayre

The two most often asked questions to me is what is your favourite wine (by the way it is....1990 DRC La Tache) and  secondly what should you drink with Christmas lunch

So a few helpful suggestions. If you having guests around with canapés I would go for either our Bortolin Extra Dry Prosecco or for those of a champagne disposition Laytons Brut (which I will be drinking) for something finer how about the excellent 2006 Pol Roger. For starter it is traditionally Smoked salmon or gravad lax, this is relatively easy as good Chablis, like Domaine Moreau 1er cru 'Forneaux' is perfect, but if it is the stronger cure of Gravad lax go full on white burgundy. If you going to be different try Grillo from Feuda Dissia in Sicily or the excellent HMR Xarel-Lo from Penedes.

For the main course if it is Turkey and all the trimmings go New World Pinot Noir Nga Waka from Martinbrough or La Crema from California or if want to go French and a little more power try Chateauneuf du Pape with a few years age, 2012 are drinking early and are very pretty. If it is rib of beef as it will be in the Robins house. Time to get the the good claret out  with high Cabernet ratio (me...1996 Château Talbot) or good western Australian Cabernet such as the new Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Cabernet Sauvignon. For dessert and cheese. Decadent Vin Santo from Nottola or the tried and tested Petit Vedrines Sauternes. Then sit back and watch an old movie and snore your way to Boxing Day...Happy Christmas.

A wafer thin mint please..

As many of you know that I am not small side and i have a love of good food (really, what a surprise TT) so in my changing role I have both pleasure and pain. I now visit more restaurants with my salespeople but I also dine at more restaurants (and I always pay)...but I have put on nearly 2 stone in weight!....and now the team tells the restaurant manager that the boss is visiting to see how we can help etc etc. I arrive and get fed like Henry VIII. It is totally fab-u-lous and I can never thank the owners and managers enough but I am just wanting for us to have a salad bar as a client!


As part of a recent tender exercise. we have been working hard on smartening up our in house staff training. Please ask your sale representative for more details. it is 3 one hour courses based around introducing staff to wine and taking all the mystery out of wine. 


On Monday January 9th we have our first tasting of 2015 burgundy. our buyers have been out for the last two weeks and report that this is a stellar vintage in parts up with 2009 but smaller much smaller. For example, simple Chassagne Rouge does not exist unless you want to pay upwards of £30 a bottle! Plus we have the added complication of something called Brexit and the Chinese and Russians now come into this market heavily. It is going to be interesting, with high prices, tiny supply and increased demand. However, if you like me are a lover of great burgundy buy so called off vintages from less stellar years such as 2013 and 2014 to get your fix, the wines are still very good.

Goodbye & Hello

It is with a heavy heart that we have to say goodbye to Tom Burke. Tom has been with the wholesale team for nearly two years and leaves because his wife has a wonderful new job up in Manchester. Tom has been a great source of fun a great salesman and a good friend....and a calming influence on the wholesale Director even with his love of Manchester United! We will have a new corporate Salesperson very soon....will keep you posted..

Wine of the Month

My wine of the month is 2013 Rosso di Montepulciano from Cantina Nottola in Tuscany. This wine had bypassed me under the barrage of new Italians but wow what a great bottle I tasted this with Tom in a corporate private dining room, this was very approachable offering and offer great value for money. 

Walton Street Cellar

Our head office tasting area is currently off limits due a mass of computers screens for training everyone on our new systems. Therefore we have been using our new super cellar at Walton street as you can see from my photo it is rather comfortable and an ideal event space for tastings. Next time you want to have a tasting with us please ask us to host it at Walton Street!



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