2011 Burgundy Tasting Trip & Personal Picks

Group one (of two) have just returned from a great few days tasting the wines from the length and breadth of Burgundy. Three and a half days, 25 producers and around 350 wines later and we are much better prepared for the 2011 releases in January. Burgundy suffered a rather cold spell of weather at […]

Port: Not Just For Christmas!

As traditional and British as Berry Bros. & Rudd, Port started life as a full-bodied, dry, red wine, known in 17th century London as ‘blackstrap’. Brandy was often added to the wine by British merchants to ensure it arrived in good condition. In 1678, however, two English wine merchants visiting the Douro region found the […]

The Unico Vertical, Vega Sicilia – Vintages from 1920 to 2005

There is an aura surrounding Unico, Spain’s most aristocratic vinous offering. Unico is the flagship cuvée from Vega Sicilia and perhaps the most iconic Spanish wine available worldwide. An invitation arose to taste 26 vintages of Unico at The Square, Mayfair in a ‘vertical’ comparison with wines dating back from 1920 to their youngest barrel […]

A Cellar Plan Long Lunch

At 12.30 on the 18th May at the glorious venue of our cellars in 3 St James’s Street, 30 or so colleagues and Cellar Plan customers met for a Friday afternoon ‘bring a bottle to share’ lunch over fine food and, of course, fine wines. The format for the afternoon is based on a Burgundian […]