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  • Go Game!

    Posted on September 23, 2015 by alice

    To see in the start of Autumn Equinox - that's today by the way we're celebrating with a seasonal feast of Wild Hare with Field Mushrooms and Henschke's Giles Pinot Noir (exclusive to Independent Retailers).
    Wild Hare
    1 hare
    100ml olive oil
    12 tree onions or shallots - whole
    300g smoked pork - diced
    8 field mushrooms
    300ml shiraz
    4 beetroot - peeled and sliced ...

    This post was posted in Blog and was tagged with Henschke, Food, Autumn

  • d'Arenberg scores high in Robert Parker's Wine Advocate!

    Posted on September 15, 2015 by alice

    Great news for d'Arenberg this month as a collection of their portfolio has scored 90 or more points in Robert Parker's Wine Advocate.
    A little about d'Arenberg
    Family owned d’Arenberg is located in the breathtaking McLaren Vale in South Australia, and produces an enviable range of wines. From humble beginnings, these wines quickly gained cult status amongst ...

    This post was posted in Blog and was tagged with Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, d'Arenberg

  • Bérenger's Bank Holiday Burgundies

    Posted on August 26, 2015 by alice

    We caught up with Bérenger Piras, our French Buyer, to talk (among other things) about Burgundy.
    A little about Bérenger...
    Country: France
    Region: Rhone (Northern!)
    ABV: 13% (I was born on the 13th June)
    What is your favourite wine outside of France and why?
    “Barolo. Because Piedmont shares many similarities with Burgundy. Barolo is terroir-driven and made by farmers. The area also ...

    This post was posted in Blog and was tagged with France, Food, Burgundy, Bank Holiday

  • Holiday Heroes

    Posted on August 14, 2015 by alice

    As the weather begins to grey, its the perfect opportunity to catch your customers fresh from their holidays with wine that will take them straight back to their favourite summer hot-spots.
    2014 Sincronia Blanc, Mesquida Mora 
    Organic. Sulphite-free. Best consumed outdoors (but only if it's not raining).
    2014 Symphonie Chateau Ste Marguerite (150cl) 
    It’s a magnum of cru classé Provençal ...

    This post was posted in Blog and was tagged with Spain, Sicily, Summer, Holiday, Mallorca, Puglia, Provence, Magnums

  • Fine Wine and Junk Food!

    Posted on August 7, 2015 by alice

    Gratuitously jumping on the back of the Drinks Business Top Fine Wine and Junk Food pairings, this week we thought we would take their (fantastic) idea and apply it to our own wines! Then we took it a step further and applied it to an occasion worthy (and appropriate) for any of these matches.

    Champagne ...

    This post was posted in Blog and was tagged with Rioja, Champagne, FINE WINE, Food, Burgundy, Barolo

  • Postcards from the Douro

    Posted on July 31, 2015 by alice

    Elisa, our Key Brands Manager, and Harriet, our Portuguese Buyer, visited Quinta Do Crasto this week, and had a fantastic time touring the Douro, tasting Crasto's fantastic range of wines and getting a first glance at their newest projects!
    Rita Carmelo, Crasto’s lovely and knowledgeable export manager.
    2012 Douro Reserva, Old Vines, Quinta do Crasto
    94 points

    "Powerful, rich ...

    This post was posted in Blog and was tagged with wine, press, Quinta do Crasto, Wine Spectator, Douro, Portugal

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