Archive for July, 2013

Haut Poitou – Good wines from a lesser known region

Posted on: July 29th, 2013 by Andrew No Comments

A family holiday in a gite near to friend’s new purchase took me (with children) to a part of France I had frequently driven through in the past but had never stopped in. This area south of the Loire and north of Bordeaux has little to recommend it as far is wine is concerned, being mostly rolling farmland punctuated by small villages and some larger towns. The scenery is uneventful and lacks the draw of other more touristic parts of France – a good thing in my view, you don’t feel you are queueing up behind hoards of other tourists at every sight of interest. No wine is grown here, apparently since phylloxera, but just a little to the north is the small region of Haut Poitou, about 700 hectares of vines around Neuville de Poitou. I had of course encountered wines from here before, but never really clocked the region. It was just a satellite of the Loire proper. But of course this is not quite the case. We are some way south of the Loire at this point and the topography is different. My exposure was always to the excellent but somewhat pricier wines of Henri Marionnet, long imported into the UK.  I am after something a little cheaper so I headed to the Cave Co-Operative. (more…)

Qawc’s Corks – Côtes du Rhône Domaine des Pasquiers

Posted on: July 16th, 2013 by Andrew No Comments

The sun has been shining now since Glastonbury and there appears to be no let up in sight. Good news as we are off on our hols this weekend and are hoping for more of the same, though a little rain wouldn’t go amiss in the garden – I am expecting to come back to a desert.  Meanwhile, we are making the most of the weather and eating outside a lot.  Us Brits tend to think of white and rosé wines for drinking on hot days with light lunches, but a moment’s reflection would recall that most hot climate regions make red wines, which are drunk enthusiastically by the locals in all weathers, normally accompanied by a glass of water. (more…)

Summer Tasting Case – make the most of the sun!

Posted on: July 8th, 2013 by Andrew No Comments

This Summer already looks more benign than last year with a really corking weekend just gone, enlivened by an historic Wimbledon win for Andy Murray- just the sort of weekend that requires a lovely summery wine,  whether a chilled white or rosé or a cool,  fruity red.   Lets hope this heat continues for a few weeks allowing plenty of excuses to crack open a bottle and relax in the garden.

Our tasting case reflects this better weather with a selection that includes some lighter whites and a rosé.  As usual the case is at a genuine discount with some great value wines included. Give it a try.

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Marvellous Montagnacs – Great new wines from the Languedoc – July Newsletter

Posted on: July 3rd, 2013 by Andrew No Comments

Located in the heart of the Languedoc,  Montagnac have been making wine since 1937.  Montagnac wines were exported to ancient Rome as evidenced by the MAF seal amphorae found at the estate.  The quality of the wines comes from the diversity of soils, which extend from the edge of the Thau Lagoon to the Herault valley.  The area is dominated by a Mediterranean climate  conducive to the cultivation of the vine. (more…)

Wine of the Month – Simonsvlei Pinotage Reserve 2012 Swartland South Africa

Posted on: July 1st, 2013 by Andrew No Comments

Every month or so we try and feature a wine in this slot that might pique your interest, something of quality naturally, but also maybe something with which you are not familiar. Last month we took delivery of some of the Reserve range from Simonsvlei, a producer in South Africa whose name sounded familiar but whose wines I had never tasted.  We liked what we saw and listed three of them, including this Pinotage. (more…)

In House Tasting with Stevens Garnier

Posted on: July 1st, 2013 by Andrew 1 Comment

An interesting tasting with Ed Brewer from Wine Importer Stevens Garnier. We have been customers in a sporadic way of this firm for many years and have recently been wooed by some of their Portuguese wines which are now the mainstay of their business as the company is wholly owned by Sogrape, a leading producer of Port and Table Wine in Portugal. (more…)


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