Hailstorms have been ever present in the Piemonte summers with the cold air from the Alps hitting the warmer air from the Ligurian coast and thus great balls of ice get deposited on the Barolo vineyards.
A very big thank you to the Eberle Wine Circle for having me last night. It was a treat to look round The Artists' Club and I had a great time talking to them about the wines of Mâconnais and Beaujolais.
The Languedoc is now firmly established as one of France’s foremost quality wine-producing regions, a major turnaround in its fortunes after spending so many years on the other side of the coin as the biggest contributor to the much-maligned European wine lake. A recent visit to Château Canet in the Minervois and to Domaine de La Coume du Roy in Maury reinforced just how good the wines of this region can be.
The sun is out and, if you’re anything like me, so too is your barbecue. We all know that you can cook (almost) anything over charcoal and it will taste amazing, but rather than sticking with the usual burgers and bangers we thought we’d give you some easy and delicious recipes to try. We’ve even paired them with a selection of unmissable and barbecue-friendly wines that are perfect for any al fresco gathering.
Having just returned from a flying visit to the Veneto, it’s a great time to update you on the latest handiwork of our friends at Astoria Vini, in Prosecco, and at Corte Adami, in Soave and Valpolicella. You’ll be pleased to know that at both estates their newest vintages and their newest wines were all brilliant!
In celebration of Malbec World Day we thought it only decent to offer a 10% discount off all of our Malbecs to allow you to discover both new and old world versions for yourself. Whether you find a new favourite or simply reinforce your love of wines you already know, take the chance to celebrate Malbec in all of its delicious styles!
"Château de la Gardine is a top-flight estate making Châteauneuf du Pape for long-term ageing... Not to be overlooked is the Brunel family’s Château Saint-Roch estate in Lirac, from which some terrific bargains emerge." - Robert Parker
We're not big fans of radical new year resolutions that we're never likely to keep, and struggling through January without a glass of wine seems wholly unrealistic. See what you think of our solution to this problem.
At this time of year, almost every magazine you open has its definitive list of dos and don’ts for festive food and wine pairings. At Gerrard Seel, we prefer to approach the matter from a different perspective.
Or at least that's what we’d been told. Arriving in Priorat on 2nd November, we were greeted by a deluge that made our planned vineyard tour quite impossible. The only course of action was to go straight for lunch and wait for the storm to pass. You have no idea of the sacrifices we have to make in this job!
This excellent family estate has been one of our partners for the last thirty years, in which time we have seen the development of their business and also their cellars. However, one thing has remained constant during this time; their ability to create wines that express both their origin and grape variety and which have consistently been of the utmost quality.
Over the last decade or so, Pinot Grigio has seen a dramatic rise in popularity with the UK wine consumers, many of whom believe that it’s a grape indigenous to Italy and that little else is produced outside of the borders. How wrong they are.
In 2014, we had requested samples from wineries in Spain's Penedes for both Cava and still wines. The general quality was decent, but one Bodega stood head and shoulders above the others: Parés Baltà. So come early February, we packed an overnight bag and went to Spain to see just what made it so special.
As is usual for this time of year, we are in contact with our growers to get a feel for what's been happening in the vineyards that could affect the market over the coming weeks and months. After the devastating hail storms in Burgundy at the end of June, vineyard areas that are close took the priority for us, so we spoke with Caroline Brochard from Sancerre earlier this week put our minds at rest!
After two short vintages in the Cote’d’Or, everything looked fair for a harvest of both quality and quantity. That is until a violent hailstorm came through the southern part of the region on Saturday 28th June in the late afternoon. There were a few localised areas of the Cote de Nuits that were also subjected to the devastating weather but not nearly as much as in the southern neighbour.