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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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  • It's a Wide, Wide World of Whisky and Whiskey Out There...

    Posted by Balthazar in Spirits October 31, 2014

    Festival of Malts, our celebration of all things whisky/whiskey is well underway. We’ve journeyed through Speyside and are currently deep in the Highlands before heading to the rich malts of the Scottish Islands. Sure, when you mention whisky, the first thought is to the wonderful drams from Scotland but fortunately for all lovers of the…

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  • The Patriach of Burgundy

    Posted by Bacchus in Wines September 28, 2014

    In the centre of Beaune - one of the most picturesque towns in France - resides a wine institution. Down the stone stairs through the old chapel of a former convent lies a network of tunnels that contain the product of many vintages; the blessed wine from the surrounding vineyards. This is the epicentre of…

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