Tea-total

When our Burgundy Buyer and confirmed Pinot-phile Jasper Morris MW isn’t tasting the wines of his specialist region, he can be found exploring the world of another age-old drink – tea. There’s always a risk that one day your doctor will tell you to cut out alcohol. That’s not too bad in France, because he […]

A taste of Burgundy

Our Burgundy Director, Jasper Morris MW, braces himself for the annual tasting sortie into the wilds of this fêted winemaking region, only to be reminded of its unending delights Another Burgundy campaign is under way, and after two months of intensive tasting of the 2013s – and three weeks of chasing up allocations and prices, and […]

Eastern ambition

Following a recent trip to the orient Jasper Morris MW reports back on the state of the Chinese wine industry and the challenges facing it. I was agog to see the countryside of central China from the air, once we had escaped from the more humid and polluted atmosphere of the eastern seaboard. As we began […]

Weathering the storm: hail in Burgundy

As, once again, Burgundian producers are left to assess the damage wreaked by a short-but-sharp hail strike, Jasper Morris MW – our buyer who lives in the region for much of the year – weighs up the vignerons’ options for protecting their precious crop. Which job could be more wonderful than the life of a […]