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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

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

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

Chandon Argentina Launches in the UK


  Moёt & Chandon’s first venture outside of France goes all the way back to 1959 where the then president of Moёt, Count Robert Jean de Vogüe, along with oenologist, … Continue reading

May 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Harpers – Mike Matthews on the Wine Wonders to be Found in Eastern and Central Europe


When I first started my career in wine, some 19 years ago, the realisation that a Central or Eastern European wines could potentially become a respectable, premium commodity would almost … Continue reading

March 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Taste of Eastern Mediterranean Wines – Stobi’s Macedonian Petit Verdot


What happened to Petit Verdot? Known for centuries as a blending grape, this variety is now proving it can stand alone in its new home the Republic of Macedonia… Petit Verdot … Continue reading

March 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Real Wine Fair to Incorporate Like Minded Artisan Foods


This years Real Wine Fair, an event that highlights wines which are made with respect for terroir and provenance, will be working again with artisan food producers and restaurants who … Continue reading

February 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Hidden Wonders of the Vranec Grape


Unlike most modern day wine countries, the Republic of Macedonia prides itself on focusing on its indigenous varietals, whilst also producing the widely-recognised international grape varieties; Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc , … Continue reading

January 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Macedonia & Terroir


The Republic of Macedonia is a Former Yugoslavian country located in Southern Central Europe; with Bulgaria sitting to her right, Kosovo and Serbia tucked in up north, Albania to the … Continue reading

January 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Press Release: UK’s Hallowed Ground adds Barossa’s Teusner to portfolio


Hallowed Ground has recently acquired the distribution of boutique winery Teusner from the Barossa Valley, South Australia, adding to their already growing list of Antipodean boutique wineries. Launched in 2001 … Continue reading

November 7, 2013 · 2 Comments

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