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  • Rediscovering An Old Favourite

    Posted by Balthazar in Wines February 24, 2015

    February heralds the start of the 2015  wine trade tastings,where you get the chance to not only discover new and exciting wines from familiar and not familiar wineries and regions, but also a chance to taste some of your old favourites. At a recent tasting it was great to revisit some of my favourite wines…

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  • New Age Sherry

    Posted by Bacchus in Wines February 8, 2015

    I recall attending a particular pre-dinner drink many years ago at some over-starched event, and yet it wasn’t the people, the conversation, or even the reason for the dinner that stuck in the mind but the drink that was served, and for all of the wrong reasons. A brown, alcoholic confusion served tepid in a…

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  • In the Bleak Midwinter - Ho-Ho-Ho

    Posted by Botrytis in Wines January 22, 2015

    Ah January! After the feast, comes the famine. My till, which glowed white hot with sales in December now is quiet, awakened from its dormancy only by the occasional hardy customer willing to brave the cold and gloom. The first couple of weeks are the worst, when many of my regulars are still trying to…

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  • The 12 Drinks To Make It A Spirited Christmas

    Posted by Balthazar in Spirits, Wines December 20, 2014

    It’s that time of year again where the presents have been bought, the cards have been sent and the final planning for the Christmas Day meal has been done. Now thoughts turn to what to drink on the day. With a menu as varied as the weather on a summer day in the UK, it…

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  • Nostalgia: That Would Be Teeling

    Posted by Botrytis in Spirits November 7, 2014

    For our World Whiskey Week (see previous blog) we are being encouraged by the powers that be to celebrate things making a return or revival, just as Teeling Whiskey, who we have just begun stocking, has lately been reborn in Dublin.
    Thus, those of you who follow your local shop on Twitter, can expect to be…

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