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All I can say is WOW.

Ok so I ordered this case of wine from Gauthier Wines recently. It was their Christmas Edition which included 12 bottles (2 x 6 bottles) plus lunch for 2 at their Soho restaurant – Brilliant deal and an exciting selection of wines. Unfortunately, after a week of delays with delivery, I had to get it delivered to my office…Now as I live in London, there is really no way to get it home beyond bringing it back bottle by bottle to my flat. I brought two bottles home yesterday and opened the Borsao Barrica and let me tell you, I was so excited. It was absolutely amazing…rich, spicy and authentically Spanish. Add a bit of cheese & some spicy prawns and you are in business. Plus – I did a quick search to see how much it would set me back to acquire a bit more of this gorgeous tipple and found it here for under £8! I think I’m in love…

Borsao Barrica, 2009, Campo de Borja – BUY IT (IN BULK)

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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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What better time to get up to speed on what wines you like, love and covet than when you are preparing for upcoming festivities with family and friends? There are a million ways to start brushing up on your skills: Head to your local supermarket/wine shop and ask lots of questions (many times they will have tastings available while you browse – just ask), Attend a tasting (lots of places offer tastings – speciality shops, wine shops, liquor stores, etc. Keep your eyes peeled), Talk to your friends (many people have a favorite bottle of wine that they use as their ‘go to’ tipple for any celebration. Ask people you know for suggestions and you may just discover a new gem!).
For my part, I will be hosting, attending and conversing about all things wine in the next two months (have a look at what I’m up to here and sign up if you’re interested). As always, if you want to swap ideas – pull up a chair and let’s chat.

Essentials for any successful holiday: 
Brandy – my favourite is Hennessy VSOP. Top it with a bit of ginger ale for a spritzy buzz or some spicy eggnog for a classic holiday treat
Sparkling wine – the holiday favourite in my household is Prosecco because of its light body, balanced flavour and general yummy-ness (plus it can be enjoyed at any time of day…)
Good, full bodied red wine – this is the absolute must have. I love picking a few favourites each year to share with my family. I am still in the discovery phase for this year’s celebrations and will be using my upcoming tastings to explore a few pre-selected Malbecs, Petit Syrahs, Bordeauxs and Tannats. Stay tuned…

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I’ll admit it – I tried this wine a few months ago and thus don’t remember exactly why I liked it. But I obviously enjoyed it enough to take a picture of it. So here you are – a really nice Rioja for you to try. In my opinion, good Rioja can be hard to find (there is a LOT of it in the UK to meet the demand of the supermarket consumer – i.e. around £6 per bottle. I remember this being around £30 in a restaurant so would guess you could find it for £10 – £15 in the shops (Majestic as usual would be my first checking point). I would recommend buying a few bottles – a) to get the likely discount of 10 – 15% off and b) so you can try it on a few different occasions.

Rioja is a wonderful wine for parties as it is likely to please most people. For this gem, make sure you share it with only your best friends or at least people who care enough to recognise its amazing-ness. Enjoy!!

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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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So with my first proper wine course finished, I am proud to say that I am at last successfully navigating the world of French wine! Focusing mainly on red wine (because its just too good to deviate from) I have been trying Bordeaux, Burgundy and everything in between. I learn more each time I buy a wine and quiz myself to see if I can figure out what varietal the wine is (including right bank / left bank in Bordeaux!). I am convinced the reason people need to “study” wine is only to understand French wine!!
With all this “studying” I have decided that I absolutely love Cotes du Rhone – i.e. Syrah and Granache! I cannot get enough of the stuff – its smooth, more-ish and just heavy enough to show you its beauty. I must confess that I don’t have any favorite vineyards/producers at this stage – but really anything the £6- £10 range has my vote!!
Let us know if you have a favorite…

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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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