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If you’ve been hoping to increase your knowledge and awareness of amazing wines this holiday season, make sure to sign up for some upcoming tastings. Spots are still available and cost is either by donation or £10 (until 11th Nov). Its a great way to get a handle of what types of wine will impress your friends and family as well as yourself this holiday season.

For the Nov 17th tasting, so far we have a yummy Port, some gorgeous Bordeaux, a few South African stunners and maybe even a cheeky Bierzo. Sign up today!

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Long week? Its the WEEKEND! Enjoy the warm(er) weather in London and all the opportunities to try some gorgeous wines. My fail safe weekend wines? Prosecco, Cotes du Rhone and if you are feeling a bit crazy, an ooey gooey but structured Malbec (just tried an amazing one: Domingo Molina, 2010 Valle de Cafayate – Salta…probably the best Malbec I’ve had – YUM!!)
Whatever you try, enjoy. Kick your feet up and take a second to breathe. Life is good.

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I have been meaning to post this for a while now and am only now getting around to it. I need to share the names of two wines I had while in Fontainebleau for an INSEAD marketing course in January. I picked them at random for our 8 person dinner on a Monday night and we were so pleased with them that we came back with 40 people on Wednesday and ordered the same wine for the whole group! The Sancerre was something special – crisp, fruit, floral wonderfulness. The Gigondas was ridiculous- Rhone Valley Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre…spicy and balanced, gooey and moorish. I would highly recommend these wines to anyone honestly – either for drinking alone or with a gorgeous feast.

Joseph Mellot, 2010, La Graveliere, Sancerre AC
Pierre Amadieu, 2009 Gigondas AC, Romain Machotte Rouge

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Ahhh the day of love…or just another day to try an extra special wine??  Whatever it means to you, have a look at some ideas to mark the occasion with someone special (i.e. yourself!).
Here are some ideas to spark the LOVE….

A Valentines day MUST – BUBBLES!!
Grab a bottle of Prosecco. Honestly – it doesn’t much matter which one. Spend no more than 10 quid on it, make sure its chilled and pour for your loved ones at the beginning of the evening. If you don’t have champagne flutes – buy them. It is worth it. Never, never, never, NEVER serve a loved one a glass of anything bubbly in a regular wine glass. That is the definition of taboo. Plus – Sainsburys sells 4x flutes for 4 quid – don’t be a cheapskate…
For an example: This one is on sale! 

Want to upgrade and get a little bit fancy? Look for Blanc de Blancs. 100% Chardonnay sparkling wine. Yummy, special and sure to impress. My favorite is Argyle from Oregon (argylewinery.com)

If you would like to have another wine with food, here are a few sure to impress stunners:

LOVE: Petalos Bierzo, Castilla y Leon, 2009 Descendientes de J. Palacios
Ridiculously tasty red wine from a little known region in Spain. I have had three bottles of this in my house – the last was opened last night. Red Cherries galore with a strong acidity that will stand up to some really gorgeous cheese. I had a humble meal of garlic/onion soft cheese and dense sunflower rye bread made extra special by this fantastic wine…Read the reviews on Majestic’s site for more info (and more professional reviews!)

ONE TO TRY: Chateau Grand Faurie Larose, 2006 St-Emilion, Grand Cru
Never had it before but judging by the region and its Grand Cru rating, I would test out this yummy merlot based Bordeaux. Good price point for a classy wine – grab some cheeses, bit of cured meat and you are away!

ONE FOR DESSERT: Royal Tokaji Late Harvest 2009
Honestly, you can’t get much more impressive than Royal Tokaji. Have it on its own or with some gooey, stinky blue cheese.

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What will be on my table this year:
– Majestic wines is having a sale on Lindauer Sparkling so I’ll be picking up a few bottles of their rose sparkling to start the evening off. It will have a bit of berry fruit and lots of big bubbles to make a delightful, festive start to the meal. We’ll be serving up salmon / cream cheese and onion dip w/ crinkle chips. YUMMO!

– I have also picked out a great New Zealand Pinot Noir to go with my meal (also on sale through Majestic. Don’t judge, its a bad economy!) – Wither Hills Pinot Noir, 2009. Its big, spicy and perfect for my roasted meat, sausage/sage stuffing and creamy potatoes.

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I hope you enjoyed the holiday season and splashed into the new year with family and friends in grand style! We have Martin’s parents over from the UK so we took advantage of the view from Dudley Park Reserve in Sydney to watch the fireworks on the Harbour. After a bit of dancing and a bit too much Brandy we welcomed in 2010 with pizazz.
Whatever you did, I hope that you were able to enjoy some good sparkling. We drank a sparkling Verdhelo from Peterson’s Champagne House (Hunter Valley, $27 AUD). Absolutely amazing and one of our favorites.

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I shared this bottle with my family during my birthday celebration and it was drinking absolutely beautifully. This is a bottle that I saved for the last 3 years in my cellar in Seattle. Breathtaking. Dense, heavy but elegant – just like a proper Oregon Pinot Noir should be. I have just done a search on the wine to see if it was still available and lo and behold – they are offering this wine for sale! $42 USD and worth every cent. When I bought this wine, I had to coax a six pack out of them that was only being sold to their neighbors after I just so happened to meet the winemakers at a dinner in the Williamette Valley.

Needless to say, buy it. Have it shipped wherever you are in the world. Its required for Thanksgiving (which is only a few weeks away…) or Christmas…

Update: I have just confirmed with Dewey and Robin Kelley that they have a few bottles left of the ’05 Wedding Block and it can only be purchased directly through the winery or online. Go Get ‘Em!

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