Category: Old World

Pineau d’Aunis: the original Claret?

Featured in one of this month’s Wine Club cases, Pineau d’Aunis is a little-known grape from the Loire – producing bright, spicy reds. Here, our Buyer for the region, Simon Field MW, shares a little more about this intriguing variety Whimsy is essential in the wine trade, made possible because – behind the facts, the […]

Introducing the wines of Eymann

Our Buyers are constantly searching for new wines to add to our portfolio, touring their regions to seek out exciting bottles made by equally inspiring winemakers. Here, Fiona Hayes introduces the latest producer to join our range from Germany: Eymann One of the advantages of being a long-standing and reputable wine merchant (if we don’t […]

Germany 2016: against all the odds

As we launch our Germany 2016 offer, our Buyer Katherine Dart MW reports on the conditions of the 2016 vintage and the styles it produced The 2016 vintage defied expectation. The first half of the season was incredibly challenging because of the wet conditions, typified by the significant rainfall. Indeed, Johannes Selbach commented that this […]

Grape or place on the label?

Why does a typical French wine label not name the grape variety, like wines from Australia, the USA or Chile? Here – in an extract from our introductory book Exploring & Tasting Wine – we explain a little about French wine law The red wines from Chinon and Bourgueil are made from Cabernet Franc but […]