Category: Miscellaneous

The final days of the Langhe harvest

We’re into the final week of the 2009 Langhe harvest, with a full two weeks separating the Barbaresco and Barolo (reflecting the difference in style).   As you can see from my chat with Luca Sandrone, of Barolo producer Luciano Sandrone, 2009 has delivered some immaculate fruit and abundantly so too.   While Barolo enjoyed a textbook season […]

“Game on!” – The perfect accompaniment to Autumn

I was invited to the brilliant gastro-pub, The Wellington Arms,  in deepest darkest Basingstoke a couple of nights ago by a bon viveur of a client. Sadly, as I’m not the most well organised person, I’d left it too late in the day to plunder my own cellar (housed here rather than home, as the temptation […]

‘Saturday afternoon in downtown Alba: the Palio degli Asini, or the Donkey Race

Just in case you’re suffering from ‘harvest hangover’ (sorry, too much vineyard footage) and if you’re wondering what the gentle folk of Alba get up to on a Saturday afternoon, in the absence of football, eastenders or the Gold Cup….here’s three minutes of thrilling action:

Harvest at Haut-Bailly

We visited Haut-Bailly yesterday where Veronique Sanders echoed the optimism that we’ve seen at every property up until now – she said that so far it has been the most perfect growing season she has seen in her tenure at Haut-Bailly.  Last year the estate began to pick their young Merlot vines on 25th September, […]