Tag: california

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 […]

A new side to Napa: DeSante

You might know Napa for its polished Cabernets, but there’s much more to this remarkable valley. Sophie Thorpe talks to the DeSantes – a couple determined to tell the stories of Napa’s oldest vineyards

Easy as ABC: Jim Clendenen

Au Bon Climat’s Jim Clendenen is one of the most colourful characters in wine. As the wine he has made for our own-label range lands on the shelves, Sophie Thorpe sits down with the man himself

On the road: reports from the California harvest

Currently touring California, visiting our wine producers in the region, our Buyer Fiona Hayes and Agency Manager Lenka Sedlackova MW are the envy of the business. As harvest gets underway, they report on how things are looking for the 2018 vintage in Napa, Sonoma and Lodi