Date: August 2016

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Lunch at Castello Argiano

August 22nd 2016


Is there a better invitation than a lunch at Castello Argiano? The glorious setting where the wonderful Sestis make their wine, write their books, extend with open arms their hospitality, entertain their friends and dispense their glorious wine,  grappa and olive oil.

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Dom Pérignon 2006 ‘It’s not often you fall backwards when a wine is first launched on the market’ – Richard Juhlin

August 18th 2016


Vintage Champagne is really starting to make its presence felt in terms of quality and longevity, especially to the wise collector. It is an emerging market that is becoming more and more sought after globally as more people discover the complexity of top vintage Champagne. The only problem in sourcing older vintages is that they are often very scarce and very expensive. In the current market post-Brexit newer Champagne vintages yet to be released are likely to be more expensive, and the stand out vintages up to 2015 you can count on one hand, putting even further pressure on supply….

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The perks of packing up a cellar

August 15th 2016


I have had the chance to drink this glorious Pauillac twice in three weeks. Both bottles came from an undisturbed cellar in Northamptonshire. Amongst the many treasures were 14 bottles of Ch Pichon Baron 1961. The chance to taste the first bottle was caused by my heavy handed attempt to clean up a bottle during which the cork plopped unceremoniously into the wine. Notwithstanding the fragility of the cork the wine was superb. Weight, balance and still wonderful dark fruit flavours that lingered on the palate for an age. The owner of the cellar is still convinced I pushed the…