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Apr242016

FIELD NOTES: SPAIN DAY 8 [MADRID & GREDOS MOUNTAINS]

A photoblog from Rob's recent visit to Spain & Madeira

MADRID; Bernabeleva in the Gredos & a visit to Madrid's only craft distillery, Santamanía.

Here you can start to get an idea of the local forest or scrub. This is part of the Bernabeleva estate and is the kind of landscape - covered in wild thyme, lavender, juniper, native orchids, etc. - that surrounds the vineyards. The perfume of these plants hangs cool and resinous in the air - the same aromas and garrigue-like freshness can be found in the wines of Bernabeleva.

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Monday
Apr182016

FIELD NOTES: SPAIN DAY 5 & 6 [GALICIA]

A photoblog from Rob's recent visit to Spain & Madeira

GALICIA; ADEGA ALGUEIRA, BODEGAS VALDESIL & QUINA DA MURADELLA

A quick snap from the roadside to try to capture the natural beauty that is a constant feature of Valdeorras and Galicia in general.

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Monday
Apr112016

Dodd's: The gin drinker's gin

Earlier this year, while we were working away quietly on our Bibendum Bar project, we managed to have ourselves appointed as The London Distillery Company’s exclusive Australian importer. And we were pretty chuffed about it too. Since its inception in 2012, this Battersea-based distiller has emerged as one of the most exciting, quality-driven start-ups of the UK’s artisanal spirit boom, and their mighty, full-bodied gin – named after 19th century entrepreneur Ralph Dodd* – is undoubtedly one of the standout spirits of its genre. For wine people, Dodd’s combination of deep concentration, purity and exquisite balance will resonate powerfully. For spirits people, the quality is self-evident.

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Monday
Apr112016

Posters Galore

We're finally getting around to adding some colour to the office! Click on the link below to view each poster in a larger size...

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Monday
Apr112016

FIELD NOTES: SPAIN DAY 4 [BIERZO]

A photoblog from Rob's recent visit to Spain & Madeira

 IN BIERZO WITH GREGORY PÉREZ

This Lombardini Italian tractor from the 50s is all Perez can get to his high sites like Espanillo - where his greatest wines come from. He put the roll bar on after the last roll nearly killed him.

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Sunday
Apr032016

FIELD NOTES: SPAIN DAY 3 [RIBERA DEL DUERO]

A photoblog from Rob's recent visit to Spain & Madeira

RIBERA DEL DUERO WITH ALFREDO MAESTRO

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Monday
Mar212016

More than Rock Solid - - Gérard Boulay's single-vineyard Chavignol

Given the Boulay clan have been tending the vines of Chavignol since at least 1380, I think it’s a given that they know a top vintage when they see one. So when the humble, quietly spoken Gerard Boulay – who is usually coy on such matters – call the vintage one of the most beautiful he has experienced, it’s worth getting excited. In short, 2014 is a star-studded year for this address.

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Friday
Mar112016

Field Notes: Spain Day 1 [RIOJA]

A photoblog from Rob's recent visit to Spain & Madeira 

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Tuesday
Oct202015

Sleeping Beauty (aka The Lost Vines of Europe): In Serbia with Cyrille and Estelle Bongiraud


Once upon a time in Serbia

Look, it’s a long story but it is one well worth telling, and anyway, it is one we are compelled to tell in order to give the remarkable wines below their proper context. So please indulge us. Once upon a time...

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Monday
Sep212015

Bittersweet—in Rully with Vincent Dureuil

It has been quite some time since we have been in a position to send out an offer of Vincent Dureuil’s wines. Last year’s tiny allocation of his 2011s didn’t make it past the noses of previous buyers. By contrast, our allocation of the 2012s marks something of a windfall – still very small but certainly healthier than last year!

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