Author: Kate Janecek

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Travel Tips | The Best of Burgundy

December 4th 2019

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Burgundian wines are without doubt some of the most beautiful in the world. The scenery of the vineyards is, however, not quite so majestic. Apart from the line of forest-topped vineyard clad hills that forms the backbone of the Côte d’Or, it’s a fairly flat landscape that runs over 200 kilometres from the top of Chablis to the bottom of Mâcon. The magic is in the bottle and in the incredible winemaking families that live and work in Burgundy. Thanks to the monks who farmed there, wine has been produced consistently since the 13th century. If you are able to…

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Tasting Burgundy 2018 | Coffinet-Duvernay, JM Boillot, Comte Armand, Courcel, Bize & Bouley

November 15th 2019

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Day three of our Burgundy tasting trip had much to compete with coming after the previous blow-out day of tasting exceptional wines in the Côtes de Nuits. Luckily, it did not disappoint. Although the weather was not on our side and rained the entire day it didn’t stop the wines from expressing themselves and allowing us to get an even better idea of this great vintage.

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The Ultimate Whisky Collection – Sotheby’s, October 2019

November 1st 2019

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A few weeks ago a ground-breaking private collection of some of the greatest whiskies in the world, much of it Macallan, was sold at auction. This is one of the first sales of its kind, with whisky taking centre stage instead of playing second fiddle to wine. It shows how important whisky has become as both a collectable and alternative investment. Prices on almost every single bottle went above their estimate and there wasn’t a single unsold lot. Although it’s best to take auction prices with a pinch of salt, this has definitely helped set the current market for the…

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Travel Tips: Spain’s Basque Country

September 3rd 2019

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In the words of legendary 19th century epicure and gastronome, Brillat-Savarin, “A meal without wine is like a day without sunshine.” There can be no doubt that great wine and food go hand in hand. We are celebrating this most felicitous of marriages with a series of articles showcasing outstanding destinations for food and wine lovers, some in the heart of wine regions, others not. First stop, Bilbao and San Sebastián in the north east of Spain, with their many Michelin starred restaurants!

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Whisky Market Report | August 2019

August 2nd 2019

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Whisky, much like fine wine, has become an established alternative investment class in the last ten years. It has seen significant, even explosive growth of 162% over the last four years, but many whisky and investment analysts observe that the market has only just begun to open up for top brands.