(Don’t) blame it on the weatherman

Wine in all its guises is much more than what happens in the cellar. As Bordeaux Petits Châteaux Buyer Oli Barton discusses here, the weather can have substantial impact on a year’s work for the whole region On my recent trip to Bordeaux I uncovered how much the region’s prosperity hangs on the elements and how […]

Rhônes less travelled

In the midst of our 2016 Rhône campaign, we ask Wine Buyer Oliver Barton to highlight wines and appellations which are often, unfairly, overlooked We list a wide selection of top northern Rhônes and Châteauneuf-du-Papes (and, rightly so!). But, there are many other appellations and wines that are commonly ignored but which can offer great […]

Roaming around the Rhône

As the region’s 2015 wines are released en primeur, Oliver Barton reports on a trip to the region – tasting the wines and talking to the people who made them A very good vintage in the Rhône valley is long overdue, as we have been waiting for one since the all-round winner of 2010. Well, […]

Remember, remember…

Ahead of Guy Fawkes Night with its flurry of bonfires and fireworks displays, Buying Assistant Oliver Barton introduces a suitably warming selection of wood-smoke-friendly wines It’s time to get out the thick coats, gloves and scarves, to keep ourselves warm on cold evenings and – on the night of the 5th of November – to […]