Clos Maggiore

Douglas Blyde unleashes his senses on José Sanfins' wines at London's Clos Maggiore

22 Apr 2014 | By Douglas Blyde

According to research recently published in journal, “Science”, the average human is equipped to differentiate some one trillion odours (999,999,990,000 more than previously thought). Buoyed by these findings, I was keen to apply my apparently amazing snout to the finery at Clos Maggiore’s wine club. Tonight’s instalment was hosted by Matt Thomas. Formerly a store manager at Majestic Wines, Thomas joined

Benoit Tarlant

Grower champagnes are riding a wave, says Anne Krebiehl

17 Apr 2014 | By Anne Krebiehl

Growers’ Champagnes are riding a wave: while Bordelais tasting rooms remained sluggish and empty during this year’s en primeur campaign, Champagne had no trouble attracting visitors, says Anne Krebiehl.

Domaine Laroche

James Lawrence travels to Chablis, Domaine Laroche and experiences Les Grands Jours De Bourgogne

16 Apr 2014 | By James Lawrence

I still remember my first sip of Chablis. It was not a very auspicious occasion. Years ago, when I knew absolutely sod all about wine, I thought I’d show off and order a Chablis from my local restaurant’s wine list. “Chablis is world famous,” I told my friend, “so it’s bound to be good.” The bottle duly arrived (I forget the grower) and it tasted, well, like nothing basically. Thin, weedy and tart, the wine was a crushing disappointment and did Chablis a great disservice -  like buying ...

Stephen Forward

Wine investment: good idea, speculation, or Ponzi scheme?

14 Apr 2014

Stephen Forward, owner of independent retailer Essentially Wine, gets hot under the collar on wine investment. He warns it is just a speculative bubble, since wine has no “inherent value” and that it will “all end in tears”.

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