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Cleef’s Classic Shiraz-Viognier 2014


When Nicholas Cleef first purchased Kleine Zalze in 1695 his vision was that Stellenbosch had the potential to produce world class wines. I’m sure if he When Nicholas Cleef first purchased Kleine Zalze in 1695 his vision was that Stellenbosch had the potential to produce world class wines. I’m sure if he

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Cleef’s Classic Shiraz-Viognier
were around today he would be pleasantly surprised at how far, not only Stellenbosch, South Africa has come.

March 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

Cleef’s Classic Chenin Blanc 2015


South Africa has long been known for their Chenin Blanc. At one point two thirds of the white coming out of this country was Chenin.
South Africa has long been known for their Chenin Blanc. At one point two thirds of the white coming out of this country was Chenin.

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Cleef’s Classic Chenin Blanc
Cleef’s comes from the Stellenbosch estate of Kleine Zalze, and named after founder, Nicholas Cleef, who continues that legacy of producing great wine from the Loire based fruit via the Coastal Region of South Africa.

March 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

Colombo & Fille Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2014


Wine making runs deep within the Colombo family, a clan of winemakers whose wines I have loved in the past with patriarch, Jean-Luc Colombo’s broad range of Rhone wines. This white Cote du Rhone produced by Jean-Luc’s daughter, Laure Colombo shows that she has inherited her fathers skills as a fine wine producer.

March 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

Baroncini 1489 Chianti Riserva 2012


The number, 1489, emblazoned across the top of the label here is in reference to when the Baroncini family first planted their vines in San Gimignano, Tuscany, Italy.

March 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

Te Awa Left Field Albariño 2015


But, surely not!? Albariño is from Spain…I hear you cry, or maybe not. I love advocating the unusual so when me and my colleagues discovered this gem from New Zealand … Continue reading

March 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

Le Prieuré de Saint – Céols Menetou – Salon 2014


In the Loire we are more familiar with the names of Sancerre, Pouilly Fumé and Touraine but what about Sancerre’s buddy next door, Menetou – Salon? The Eastern region of … Continue reading

March 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

Le Chapelle de Marin Cotes du Rhône 2014


  This is a new addition to Warren Wines range and at £6.99 it offers quite a lot. A blend of 60% Grenache Noir, 20% Carignan, 10% Mourvedre and 10% … Continue reading

March 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

Hancock & Hancock Cabernet – Touriga 2014


We have a slight oddity in this wine and that is the addition of Portugal’s great Port grape, Touriga. Touriga is a small, dark, tannic variety that adds some weight … Continue reading

March 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

Tales from The Wine Store – pt3


Since we opened I’ve had a few people query as to how we went about in creating our range. “Complete and utter genius from me”………is what I’d like to say … Continue reading

January 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

France Under One Roof 2016


Now in it’s 15th year, France Under One Roof is back at the iconic OXO Tower, London, for all your French wine needs.  23 exhibitors will be available, showcasing wines … Continue reading

January 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Skin Côntact are back!


Following on from last years successful gig, having raised over £10.000 for Comic Relief, the wine trades own musical maestro’s have buckled under the monumental weight of public demand and … Continue reading

January 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Tales from The Wine Store – pt2


So as I mentioned in my last post we had quite a few issues in getting our business launched, but, on the 18/9/15 we were able to throw our doors … Continue reading

January 21, 2016 · 2 Comments

Tales from The Wine Store – pt 1


Well! It’s been a year since I last, metaphorically speaking, put pen to paper. When I last wrote I mentioned a new wine business that I would be involved with … Continue reading

January 19, 2016 · 2 Comments

Warren Wines – Creating a New Business


Right! I haven’t written anything for a while, last May to be exact. I have reasons, too many reasons to go into right now, some good, some bad, but this … Continue reading

January 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

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