March 2015

  1. Reflecting on Burgundy and Bordeaux

    In the aftermath of last week's Burgundy versus Bordeaux Debate (and in an apt display of Gallic cultural influence),  James Wills, our Premier Crew Wine Advisor, repaired to a French cafe in London's Soho to discuss how Burgundy and Bordeaux influences and practices are reflected in wines produced outside France - specifically New Zealand and Tuscany. Continue reading

  2. The Burgundy/Bordeaux Lens

    In the aftermath of Intelligence Squared's Burgundy versus Bordeaux debate (where Jancis Robinson's Burgundy defence swayed 55% of the audience away from Hugh Johnson and his case for Bordeaux - catch up on our recap here), we'd like to switch focus slightly, and explore the impact these two classic regions have had on wines beyond France and around the world. Continue reading

  3. Burgundy vs. Bordeaux, as seen through Twitter & Instagram

    Couldn't make it to Intelligence Squared's debate between Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson, deciding which of the classic French wine regions is superior? Don't worry - under #iq2wine, the good citizens of Twitter and Instagram have recorded the event most faithfully... Continue reading

  4. Burgundy vs. Bordeaux: Decide for Yourself (by winning a case of wine worth £159)

    We’re very excited to be supplying the wine for Intelligence Squared’s Bordeaux versus Burgundy debate on Monday 23rd March, featuring Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson (and chaired by Michel Roux Jr). Tickets are now sold out for the debate, but we’d like to give one lucky winner the chance to make up their own mind about this classic rivalry by giving away a “Bordeaux, Burgundy and Friends” mixed case of six wines. Continue reading

  5. Wining & Dining This Easter with Meat Porter & Honest Grapes

    This week we’re working with our friends at Meat Porter to make sure you’re ready to both wine and dine your nearest and dearest over the Easter long weekend. From Meat Porter, we’re presenting a box full of the fundamentals for two roast dinners and a very hearty family breakfast. From Honest Grapes, we’re offering a mixed case of six easy drinkers, specially chosen for serving alongside hearty food with family and friends. Continue reading

  6. Wine of the Week: Two Portuguese Stars (at £11 a bottle)

    From our Premier Crew Wine Consultant, James Wills: Last week I hosted a fantastic sold-out Portuguese tasting for our Premier Crew at Blacks Members Club, where we were lucky enough to be joined by two of our wine makers from Portugal’s Douro and Beira regions for the evening (see photos here). Continue reading

  7. Tom's Top 10: Burgundy 2013

    We've talked Burgundy 2013 before, but, following on from some client questions, our wine director Tom has put together his top 10 - specifically the best mid-term drinking and longer-term cellaring wines from the vintage. Continue reading

  8. #WineShrink on the couch with Marchese Anselmo, San Leonardo

    “…one of the great wines of Italy… Sassicaia and San Leonardo seem like brothers separated in childhood.” Wine Advocate, December 2014 “Surely the most successful Bordeaux blend of Northern Italy” Jancis Robinson, August 2012 Continue reading

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