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Calvados and Apple Pie......!

Richard Esling - 17 January 2017
Keep away the Winter Blues with a little Apple Brandy Mid-January and the end of year celebrations already seem like a distant memory. Winter weather is truly here and the first signs of Spring may still be a long way off, as we sit and look out at cold, grey skies or frosty, foggy mornings. The time of year when a little brandy may be a welcome guest at the dinner table, to raise your spirits and help you look forward to warmer days and longer evenings. The most popular worldwide is, o...

Hop across the Channel for a little Re-stocking

Richard Esling - 11 January 2017
Hop across the channel for a little re-stocking Assuming that your only acknowledgement to 'Dry January' is to avoid sweet wines, now is the perfect time for a hop across the channel to re-stock the 'cellar', which has been ransacked and pillaged over the last few weeks. Living in the South of England as we do, the marvellous thing is that it can all be done in a day - including (and especially) lunch. P & O Ferries run regular day trips from Dover to Calais throughout the year and if you ...

70 Burgundy Wines Served by the Glass

Richard Esling - 30 November 2016
70 Burgundy Wines Served by the Glass Every year in the third week of November, the most famous wine auction in the world takes place in Burgundy. This is the wine sale at the Hospices de Beaune and this year was no exception. Founded in 1443, the Hospices provided free care for the poor after the Hundred Years' War, right up until 1971. Since then, it has become world famous for the auction of some of the most prestigious wines of Burgundy, taking place this year some 10 days ago. The auc...

Family of XII Adopted by Arundel Wine Society

Richard Esling - 23 November 2016
Family of 12 Adopted by Arundel Wine Society Much as the members of Arundel Wine Society support many of the local charities, this event was nothing to do with social services, but about a family of wine companies. In 2005, twelve of New Zealand’s most prestigious and enduring wineries got together and formed what they call the ‘Family of XII’. The idea is to promote New Zealand wine at its best. Rather than being in fierce competition with each other, the members of ‘the family’ share infor...

2 Star Michelin Chef Franck Putelat favours wines from Languedoc

Richard Esling - 16 November 2016
2 Star Michelin Chef Franck Putelat favours Wines from Languedoc One of the most iconic fortified cities in South-west France is Carcassonne, located 60 miles south-west of Toulouse and about 50 miles inland from the Mediterranean. As you approach the old historic part of the city, it is like being thrown into fairy-land with a beautiful walled town boasting a multitude of round towers with pointy tops, and access through a dark stone gateway complete with drawbridge and portcullis. Once ...

A Taste of the Future at Cité du Vin, Bordeaux

Richard Esling - 09 November 2016
A Taste of the Future at Bordeaux’s Cité du Vin If you ever needed another excuse to visit the fabulous city of Bordeaux (as if!), then this is it. The Cité du Vin opened its doors in June this year, the culmination of a huge project of three years’ construction with a spend of 82 million euros. This is not just another wine museum or wine centre plying their wares, but in their own words, it is a cultural centre dedicated to wine as a universal, cultural, living heritage. In my own words, ...

The Golden Hills of Burgundy

Richard Esling - 02 November 2016
The Golden Hills of Burgundy Last week I was visiting vineyards in Burgundy, where some of the best, and most expensive, wines of the world are made. The Central area of the Burgundian vineyards is called the 'Cote d'Or' literally translated as 'The Golden Hill'. This name may have arisen from the fact that the wines produced there are so expensive, but another theory relates to the photo of the vineyards seen below. At this time of year, the leaves of the vines turn to their Autumn colours,...

Domaine de Ferrant - new agency launched January 2016

Richard Esling - 11 January 2016
Domaine de Ferrant in the heart of the Cotes de Duras region is exclusively represented on the UK market by WineWyse as from January 2016. The 13 hectares of vineyards produce great quality reds and whites with two different quality levels, from a blend of grape varieties similar to those used in neighbouring Bordeaux. Tremendous value for money, with excellent fruit and assertive yet supple character.

More awards for Champagne de Barfontarc

Richard Esling - 18 June 2014
Further recognition of the tremendous quality and value for money of the champagnes from de Barfontarc was seen recently when awards were announced at the London Wine Fair in early June.  Both the Champagne de Barfontarc Brut Tradition and the Vintage 2007 Cuveé Sainte Germaine were awarded silver medals in the prestigious International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC). This is no mean achievement since many of the champagnes tasted during the competition were deemed to be un-inspirin...

Champagne Barfontarc a hit with consumers

Richard Esling - 06 May 2014
Champagne de Barfontarc was launched on the UK market at a consumer tasting on Saturday 3rd May in Arundel, West Sussex. The tasting of a range of champagnes from the southern champagne house was a huge success, with 100% of attendees placing orders for the champagne when it is imported. New on the UK market, the champagnes are well reputed in France, being featured every year in the Guide Hachette – the top wine buying guide in France. The style and age of the champagnes makes them ideally ...

Champagne Barfontarc Blanc de Noirs gets Silver Medal

Richard Esling - 28 April 2014
At a recent tasting in London of Pinot Noir wines from around the world,  Champagne de Barfontarc was awarded a Silver Medal for its Blanc de Noirs. The Global Masters tasting, concentrating solely on wines from the Pinot Noir grape variety was held earlier in 2014 and involved wines from across the globe, tasted blind by a panel of experts and judged solely on quality. In a crowded wine competition arena, The Drinks Business Global Pinot Noir Masters stands out for its assessment of win...

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