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  1. En Primeur: Everything you need to know about buying En Primeur

    En Primeur is a system that both merchants and vineyards rely on as a sort of futures market for wines that need time in the cellar. It refers to the process of buying wines before they are bottled and released onto the market. Continue reading

  2. The Investment has paid off - Pontet-Labrie Update 2018

    Pontet Labrie has been a fascinating journey. From our initial discussions with Jonathan around bringing to market exclusively his last single vineyard site on the plateau of Saint Emilion; to forming a club around the wine in order to enhance the traditional allocation model around such a boutique Bordeaux (remember only 300 cases max per annum!); to the wonderful reception of its maiden vintage and the continuing momentum and growth of the club.  Continue reading

  3. Finding great producers: 4 winemakers that give a schist

    What makes wine great? A big question with a very simple answer. Producers that give a damn produce great wine. Winemaking is a craft and it’s our job to search out, visit and taste the wines to make sure we bring the very best of the bunch to you. Continue reading

  4. Worth the wait: Our top 3 slow-cooker recipes

    Surely there's nothing better than coming home to a bubbling pot of delicious goodness ready to eat. The slow-cooker has been making a come-back over the last few years and we're all for it. With the nights getting danker and darker there really is nothing better than a hearty meal and a good glass of wine. Here are three of our favourite recipes. Continue reading

  5. Autumn wines: it's time to get cosy

    It's all starting to feel a bit autumnal isn't it? Time to put the heating on, find your dusty slippers that have been hiding under the sofa all summer, and get cosy with some warming reds. Here are three wines that will be in our wine rack this autumn... Continue reading

  6. How green is your wine? Your ultimate guide to wine lingo

    The world of wine is constantly evolving with new lingo popping up all the time. If you care about what's in your glass (and if you're reading this, we think you do) you will have heard terms like organic and biodynamic flying around. It seems everybody is talking about it. But what do these terms really mean? Make sure you stay in the loop with our handy guide. Continue reading

  7. Lady of the Grapes - A wine bar dedicated to women winemakers

    This week Tom popped over to Covent Garden to visit new wine bar, Lady of the Grapes, a bar with a special emphasis on wines from women winemakers, all of which are organic. Continue reading

  8. How Green is Your Wine | 5 ways you can help the environment at home

    The way we see it - you want to enjoy your glass of wine knowing that it has been sourced responsibly, and it’s our job to make that happen. Continue reading

  9. Great British Bake Off - 5 Cake & Wine Pairings

    With the return of Channel 4's Great British Bake Off, Tuesday nights are once again Bake Off night. The perfect night of TV, wine and sofa time. Tonight on the show it's Cake Week which got us thinking about Cake and Wine pairings. Here are 5 to try... Continue reading

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