A Galician Odyssey

Will Johnston, our Office Manager, gives us his take on his WSET-sponsored trip to Galicia…

Posted by Paul on 11-Jun-2013. Click here to read the full article

A Tuscan tale

Dario heads in to deepest Tuscany with a lucky group of customers

Posted by Paul on 12-Apr-2012. Click here to read the full article

Dario’s Island Adventure

Mr Poddana visits the wilds of Sardinia

Posted by Paul on 02-Nov-2010. Click here to read the full article

Paul gets down in the Douro with Dows

... and Grahams and Warres

Posted by Paul on 27-Jul-2010. Click here to read the full article

The final part of Kate’s brilliant Piemontese blogs

Tearing the arse from the chicken.
An old saying in Piedmont apparently which means that something is extra marvellous.  As in “our visit to Ca d’Gal tore the arse from the chicken.”  By Kate

Posted by Doug on 29-Nov-2009. Click here to read the full article

And so to Borgogno and some old Barolos

Barolo at Borgogno.
We taste some very old and utterly delicious Barolo at Borgogno and then eat too much antipasti in a very marvellous place.  By Kate

Posted by Doug on 29-Nov-2009. Click here to read the full article

Kate and the crew visit Roagna

Everybody loves Luca - I am introduced to the wines of Luca Roagna and fall immediately in love with them.  By Kate

Posted by Doug on 16-Feb-2010. Click here to read the full article

The second part of Kate’s Piemontese adventure

Tenuta Grillo and the memorable wabbit.

We visit Tenuta Grillo and taste some more excellent wine.  Then we eat a lot.  Again.  By Kate

Posted by Doug on 29-Nov-2009. Click here to read the full article

Kate visits Piemonte and Bera

Barbera at Bera

Day one of a trip to Piedmont, undoutedly one of the world’s great wine and food regions.  By Kate

Posted by Doug on 29-Nov-2009. Click here to read the full article

Tim trips off to Piemonte

Our resident M.W. Mr Timothy Wildman, leads an excursion into the rolling hills of Barbaresco, Piemonte, visiting our new source of Barolo, Roagna, along with a tour of Azienda Agricola Trinchero.

Posted by Paul on 23-Oct-2009. Click here to read the full article

Paul Jackson’s take on the recent trip to Terras Gauda

Paul gives his impressions about this wonderful trip…

Posted by Paul on 27-Jul-2010. Click here to read the full article

Ivan Dixon explores Terras Gauda and Pittacum

Ivan Dixon’s impressions of Galicia…

Posted by Doug on 12-Oct-2008. Click here to read the full article

Dangerous topography in Chavignol

Some more images from our recent trip to Domaine Bourgeois in Sancerre

Posted by Paul on 10-Oct-2008. Click here to read the full article

NORTHERN SPAIN 2008

Will Johnston, our Office Manager, gives us his take on the recent company trip to Getaria and Rioja…

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Posted by Paul on 24-Jul-2009. Click here to read the full article

Them Demned Slopes - Les Caves Visit Bourgeois in Chavignol

Sancerre, famous wine, almost a brand in itself. Domaine Henri Bourgeois has been a reference in this region for many years. They have built their reputation not through compromise but through passionate desire for quality. The Bourgeois family have always looked forward, whilst remaining true to their heritage: the accumulated knowledge of ten generations of wine production. I was looking forward to seeing the fabled vineyards and tasting the wines in situ...

Posted by Doug on 09-Oct-2008. Click here to read the full article

Take a trip to Provence

Stay in a 12th century Château in Haute-Provence

Posted by Paul on 03-Apr-2009. Click here to read the full article

Northern Italy by way of Savoie Part 1

Savoie is one of those offbeat wine regions that even many French people only seem to have a vague idea of its location. Viticulture here seems like opportunism and local demand sucks up the thin, often acidic wines without discernment. Amongst the patchwork scattering of scrawny vineyards and tiny wineries there are but a few gems and serendipity alone would lead you to the ramshackle village of Ayze and Domaine Belluard…

Posted by admin on 27-Nov-2008. Click here to read the full article

Northern Italy by way of Savoie Pt 2

Part 2 of ‘Northern Italy by way of Savoie’

Posted by admin on 12-Mar-2008. Click here to read the full article

Kate Thal’s Tuscan Adventure

Disgustingly early start - 3:50 wake up, for an early flight to Pisa. Jude and I plus Giselle and Kamila from Lordship Lane and Olly from Clapham as well as four young people from The Grove (one of the hotels I consult for) were off to Tuscany on the now annual trip with the biggest supplier to Green & Blue and one of the biggest to The Grove.

I often say, and it is completely true really, that if Eric Narioo’s company did not exist, then neither would Green & Blue. Although I was a few years in to my wine career before I really got to know them, they have in the last ten years or so, introduced me to the wines I love most in the world and quite apart from that, they are also an amazingly wonderful group of people. They seem to attract a certain type of person - those who are really passionate about wine without being even slightly precious, who also have an incredibly well developed sense of humour and more than a touch of eccentricity about them.

Posted by Doug on 13-Jun-2008. Click here to read the full article

RETURN TO TERRAS GAUDA

Galicia, Santiago di Compostela apart, is slightly off the tourist radar. With the Mediterranean coast of Spain gradually metamorphosing into an endless succession of hideous hybrid-style crazy-paved villa developments and golf course complexes designed by the ubiquitous Jack Nicklaus, it is good to know that this raw, somewhat elemental part of the country rises above such frivolities. The weather is perhaps a deterrent to the sun-seeking expat - this is a green land where mists roll in off the Atlantic and where the cascading rain reminds one forcibly of other celtic regions.

Posted by Doug on 29-Sep-2008. Click here to read the full article

BASQUET CASE - A Tale of One Txacoli

Verde que te quiero verde,
Verde viento. Verde ramas

Green I love you green. Green wind. Green branches.

Federico Garcia Lorca

People ask why Txacoli is so expensive and difficult to obtain outside the Basque country. After all it is the greenest of green wines, surely mere water off a Biscayan duck’s back. However, consider the tiny size of the average farm-holding; there are only a handful of producers who can lay claim to more than one hectare of vines and those vines teetering and straggling every which way on slopes, in dells and hollows, cheek-by-tendril with orchard trees and flower nurseries.

Posted by Doug on 20-Mar-2008. Click here to read the full article

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