Category: California

Au Bon Climat: now and then

The late Jim Clendenen will never be forgotten. Our own Sarah Adwalpalkar reports on a visit to the Au Bon Climat tasting room in Santa Barbara and reflects on the legacy of one of California’s great winemakers.   When planning a trip to California’s Santa Barbara County earlier this year, I sought guidance from the Berry […]

Promontory: slowly unfolding

In the heart of the Napa Valley, the Harlan family’s latest venture stands apart. We sat down with winemaker David Cilli to get to grips with what makes Promontory such a unique place – and what that means for the wines slowly maturing in the cellars. It doesn’t take a geologist to see that Promontory […]

The pleasure of oaked Chardonnay

Sebastian Balcombe from our Fine Wine Buying team explains why oaked Chardonnay is often overlooked – and why it deserves our full attention. Strawberries and cream, buttered crumpets, brioche buns: here in the UK (much to dentist’s despair) we have a love affair with indulgent foods – and why not? But were you to suggest […]

La Place de Bordeaux (and beyond)

The négociants of Bordeaux have got selling wine globally down to a fine art. So it’s little wonder that so many prestigious wines from outside Bordeaux are now sold this way. Here’s what you need to know ahead of the upcoming September release of top wines from California, Tuscany, Chile and beyond. “La Place de […]