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Champagne in the 1870's - A double-edged sword

In a previous article which looked at Champagne in the 1860’s we saw how the roots of style and prestige were sown, and customer interest began to grow once producers had managed to deliver larger volumes of a sustainable product. 810 more words


Laithwaites Vintage Festival 2016

It was a typically drizzly April day as we gathered outside Old Billingsgate Market in London for the Laithwaites/Sunday Times Wine Club 2016 Vintage Festival.  The damp weather was, however, tempered with impressive views across the River Thames, the venue being directly across from The Shard and in clear view of London Bridge. 829 more words


Aldi (7th Panel) Wine Club Tasting #4 - Toro Loco Superior 2014

I first heard of Toro Loco in 2012 when it managed to scoop a prestigious IWSC (International Wines & Spirits Challenge) Silver medal.  That’s no mean feat by itself, but when you consider that Toro Loco is the Aldi own-brand Spanish offering and priced at the crazy low price of £3.49, the win was all the more special.  783 more words

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Champagne in the 1860's - The birth of 'Style'

When we think about a ‘Vintage’ Champagne, we are not merely assessing the product of one particular year, but a whole host of stylistic factors, such as the ability to age well, the price-point, the availability and the prestige.  751 more words


Video Killed the Radio Star

The New Year is a good time to reflect, a good time for manifestos too. At the back end of 2015 there seemed to be a lot of talk on two topics. 1,683 more words


One for the road......

As we come to the end of the festive season and peoples thoughts turn to a ‘dry’ January to counter-balance the over indulgences, it seems an apt time that the Government re-states its guidelines for what it views as responsible alcohol intake.  647 more words

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Dom Pérignon 1990

Part 12 of my Dom Pérignon History Series

Fireworks sparkled over the Champs-Elysees on the 14th of July 1989 as France celebrated the bicentennial of the French Revolution.  954 more words