• 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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  • You’ve Ott to be Kidding Me – Pink Prejudice

    Posted by Botrytis in Wines August 8, 2014

    Many years ago, when I first started working for Nicolas Wines (some branches of which went on to become Spirited Wines, in a slightly complicated story I will spare you) one of the first wines to attract my attention, indeed my amazement was Domaine Ott 'Cuvee Marine' Rose, from Bandol.

    What struck me most about it…

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  • Summertime and the Living is Easy

    Posted by Balthazar in Wines August 2, 2014

    I’ve never really understood why the summer migration from the UK to the baking hot temperatures of the Southern European coastline picks up steam just as the weather here finally decides to treat us to the sunshine and warm temperatures that we crave during the cold, dark and grey months. Warm weather is great, no…

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  • The Spirited Wines Guide to Malt Whisky

    Posted by Nosey Flynn in Spirits July 11, 2014

    I misspent five glorious years completing a university education at Edinburgh. One consequence of this investment was an enduring love for and - without wanting to sound pompous - some knowledge of a drink called “Scotch Whisky”. Of all distilled spirits this is the one that has the most prestige. Unfortunately, this prestige (as well…

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  • Penfolds - A True Thoroughbred of the Wine World

    Posted by Balthazar in Wines July 4, 2014

    One of the bonuses of working for a wine company is the chance to sample many different wines and spirits from across the world. Whether it’s at trade tastings, informal in-store events or as part of regular staff training, the opportunity to taste wines for me never becomes boring or a chore but some provide…

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