Month: August, 2012

The two faces of Friuli-Venezia-Giulia?

Earlier this month I visited Italy’s north-eastern province, Friuli-Venezia-Giulia, to meet Luca Sirch, the producer behind Berrys’ Pinot Grigio, based in Cividale just north of Gorizia in the hilly Colli Orientali del Friuli (COF). At the same time I dropped in on some of the producers making so-called ‘natural wines’ on the border with Slovenia. […]

Gemini – Our newest storage facility

Row upon row, layer upon layer of wooden wine cases stacked from floor to lofty ceiling. 1959 Ch. Margaux, 2000 Ch. Lafite, 1934 Ch. d’Yquem… Our state-of-the-art bonded wine warehouses are some of the most hi-tech in the world, all maintained at optimum temperature and humidity, and are a world away from our historic, museum-like St James’s Street shop. […]

Wine News: Ch. Calon-Ségur sold

The story goes that The Marquis de Ségur, who also owned Ch. Lafite and Ch. Latour, adorned the label of Ch. Calon-Ségur with a heart claiming “I make my wine at Lafite and Latour, but my heart is in Calon.” The most northerly of the châteaux we visit each spring, it’s also nearly always our […]

Friday 13th – A Night to Remember

The second Friday in July saw the 7th annual Wine Club Dinner for members and their guests. Our host, David Berry Green, was flying into Heathrow on an afternoon flight from Italy so I had everything crossed that the inauspicious date wouldn’t ruin the evening! I didn’t need to succumb to superstition though as David’s […]