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Wine Talk

Pumpkin Risotto & Prosecco

Pumpkin and prosecco are the perfect pairing this Halloween, the sweetness of the pumpkim complements the off dry prosecco.

Show Us Your Mussels!

September sees the start of the mussel season. When there is a 'R' in the month mussels are at their best and we have the perfect recipe and wine pairing for you to use over the mussel season.

Red wine with cheese? Try a white instead!

More often than not, it is a white wine that will make a perfect match with cheese.

Wine Pairing For Game Dishes

With the start of the game shooting season it’s time to select from an array of red wines to match perfectly with your game dishes.

Hailstorms Hit Barolo Hard

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.

The Eberle Wine Circle Maconnais and Beaujolais Tasting

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.

Mooching Around Minervois And Maury

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.

BBQ Recipes & Wines To Match

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.

Glenelly Estate Dinner At 63 Degrees

Last week we were delighted to welcome Nicolas Bureau, Export Director for Glenelly Estate, to 63 Degrees in Manchester where he very kindly presented a selection of his wines over dinner.

A Flying Visit To The Veneto

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!

Château Canet Dinner At 63 Degrees

Last night we were delighted to have Floris Lemstra, owner and winemaker of Château Canet, join us for dinner at 63 Degrees in Manchester.

Malbec World Day

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!

New Wines From The Brunel Family

"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

Glenelly - The Best Of Both Worlds

The wines of Glenelly Estate see Bordeaux, Burgundy and the Rhône meet Stellenbosch head on. The results are nothing short of spectacular.

Easter Treats

We know Easter isn't a season per se, but there are two particular foods that are specifically associated with this time of year...

Chinese New Year? Choose Italian Wines!

What? Wait a minute. Why? It's all down to Marco Polo. Or is it? Read on to make sense of this seemingly random clash of cultures!

Dry-ish January

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.

Festive Food And Wine

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.

Priorat - Spain's Driest Winegrowing Region?

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!

Domaine Hubert Brochard – Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé

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.

Pinot Grigio – Or Is It?

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.

South Africa Visit 2015

It has been a few years since we last visited South Africa and we were more than a little excited to see what developments had taken place and to see what the wine industry was up to over there.

Penedes Visit 2015

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.

Bouchard Finlayson Tasting

Lia Poveda of Walker Bay's Bouchard Finlayson Estate was in Manchester to host a small tasting of their range for some of our restaurant clients.

The First Harvest Reports Are Promising

Now that much of the grape harvest is in the vats, we can get an overview of the size and quality of the vintage. First reports from France are, in general, good. Italy has been more of a mixed bag.

Sancerre Set For A Good Vintage

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!

Hailstorms Batter Burgundy

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.