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A Day in the Life of a UK Wine Merchant: Bordeaux En Primeur Week

A Day in the Life of a UK Wine Merchant: Bordeaux En Primeur Week

One of the most traditional aspects of the wine trade is the annual phenomenon that is a Bordeaux en primeur campaign. I’m coming to the end of my eleventh en primeur vintage so I ought to have enough experience to share some insights into the rather peculiar aspect of the life of a wine merchant. … Continued


Orange Wine: What Is It?!

Orange Wine: What Is It?!

There has been quite a lot of wine press attention for oranges wines over the past couple of years and they have a certain following in the UK – mostly among younger urban consumers – but what are they? Orange wines take their inspiration from wine making in antiquity and, despite the name, are not … Continued


Not Just for Summer: Domaine de Sermezy of Beaujolais

Not Just for Summer: Domaine de Sermezy of Beaujolais

It may seem a little odd to even consider the idea of Beaujolais as we head into winter, but these wines are not just for the summer months. While a light red, nicely chilled, is the perfect alternative to light, crisp whites during the warm months, there is plenty suitable to the depths of winter … Continued


Biodynamic – For the Better?

Biodynamic – For the Better?

Biodynamic is a buzzword that has appeared in wine circles over the last couple years, but what exactly does it mean? It conjures up ideas of pagan magic, sorcery and a belief in mythical energy fields and forces that sounds too wacky to believe. Yet, our much-loved “organics”  – be that fruit, vegetable, or anything … Continued