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NV Exton Park, Reserve Blend RB32 Brut, Hampshire, England

I am continuing my occasional spotlight on indie wine merchants with a glowing review of Swains.  Situated in Parliament Hill (London, NW5) and thriving under the slogan, ‘Proper Wine Proper Food’, this new epicurean haunt was set up at the end of last year by my old pal Victoria Sharples and my new pal Ruth Morrell.  Ruth comes from a famous…

MoneyWeek Wine Club – March 2022

  MoneyWeek Wine Club introduces Six Stunning Spring Wines from Yapp (t) 01747 860423 (w) www.yapp.co.uk A mixed case of 12 bottles (2 of each of the wines) is £211.40 (saving £12.00)  This is a fabulously indulgent sextet of wines from the team at Yapp Brothers, and while we started the year with a couple of superbly priced collections, I…

2019 Bila-Haut, M. Chapoutier, Côtes du Roussillon Villages, France

I love high quality, independent wine retailers, which is not surprising because this metier is in my blood. I started working in the wine business in 1987 in a brilliant indie in South West London, and I was fortunate to learn from one of the finest palates in the country. The independent wine merchant, the butcher, baker, cheesemonger and other genuinely…

2020 Tapanappa, Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay, Adelaide Hills, South Australia

I have a trio of tremendous whites from Tapanappa for you this week, and they are all new vintage releases, so stockists are currently a little few and far between.  In reverse order, starting with the grandest of the three, 2019 Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay (£32.00, in bond per bottle, Cellar Circle Exclusive, www.laywheeler.com; £40.00,…

2020 Crozes-Hermitage Rouge, Maison Les Alexandrins, Northern Rhône, France – NEWSFLASH

Before you read about this wonderful wine below, I think it is important to let you know that the retailer mentioned has moved the price up to £29.70 from the quoted £25.99, in the last week or so, without informing me or indeed the UK distributor.  In addition, this wine doesn't now appear on their website - so I phoned to find out why.  Apparently,…

MoneyWeek Wine Club – February 2022

MoneyWeek Wine Club introduces Six Tremendous Wines from Jeroboams www.jeroboams.co.uk A mixed case of 12 bottles (2 of each of the wines) is a bargain-priced £163.19 (saving a massive £23.31) I am thrilled to welcome a new merchant into our MoneyWeek Wine Club fold.  Jeroboams is one of London’s elite wine merchants.  I have known wine…

2017 Quinta da Leda, Casa Ferreirinha, Douro, Portugal

I enjoyed an epiphanic tasting the other day at the brilliant Corrigan’s Mayfair.  I mention the restaurant because while I am already a massive fan of Richard Corrigan’s cooking, the food was on another level altogether, and it formed a perfect backdrop for a simply spectacular line-up of Casa Ferreirinha wines.  I am a fan of the everyday brands…

2016 Boulevard Napoléon, Le Pal Grenache Gris, Vin de Pays de l’Hérault, France

I tasted over 350 wines the other day at one of the country’s most important wine importer events, and a cluster of wines from Boulevard Napoléon stayed in my mind for days later.  Around the same time, the government announced that we would all go back to our desks at work and leave our sofas behind.  While we were at it, we needed to eat as much…

2018 Petit Verdot by Belle-Vue, Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux, France

I have recently tasted a large number of 2018 clarets, and many of the finer wines seem to deliver stylish, controlled characters with bright, pure fruit notes.  The freshness and balance of these wines set them apart from the more muscular 2019s and the more decadent and opulently fruity numbers found in 2020.  While this is a rather simplistic overview…

2020 Régnié, Vallières, Jean-Marc Burgaud, Beaujolais, France

There are two things that I love about this week’s recommendation.  Firstly, a select handful of independent merchants have spotted this truly awesome wine, and they are to be applauded.  This wine is a genius find, so well played all.  Secondly, the wine itself is utterly thrilling, and it does a neat job of explaining the virtues of the 2020…

2018 Amarone della Valpolicella, Villa Annaberta, Veneto, Italy & five more beauties!

2018 Amarone della Valpolicella, Villa Annaberta, Veneto, Italy (£18.00, Co-op).  It’s about time I wrote you another shopping list, and this time it takes the form of a billet-doux to the glorious wine buying team at Co-op.  One could be forgiven for not thinking of the Co-op as a fine wine merchant, but there are so many gems on their shelves…

MoneyWeek Wine Club – January 2022

MoneyWeek Wine Club introduces Six Tremendous New Year Wines from Haynes Hanson & Clark (t) 020 7584 7927 (w) www.hhandc.co.uk (e) london@hhandc.co.uk   A mixed case of 12 bottles (2 of each of the wines) is a bargain-priced £114.56 (saving £18.14) I am delighted that the keen palates at Haynes Hanson & Clark are here to rescue…