Vegan Mixed Cases of Wine

It’s not all that bad in January, if you’re trying Veganism for the first time and realising how long the month actually is, then all is not lost. For at least you can still drink and be merry. Our mixed Vegan cases are full of big and spicy winter warmers, perfect for weekends by the…

Star of the Show, Télégramme 2016

Having just recovered from our annual Christmas party, which is always in January due to December being just too busy, I now feel up to commenting on the star of the show. We are always, very kindly, presented with delicious wines at the party however the Télégramme 2016, Chateauneuf du Pape from Domaine Brunier was…

RIP Jean Mathias

RIP Jean Mathias With the sad death of Jean Mathias, we have lost one of our great friends and suppliers. Jean died, at the age of 88, on 7th January, in the Mâconnais village of Chaintré, following a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. We discovered the wonderful wines of the Mathias family in the first…

Clos de Gat, Har’el Vineyards, Israel

The Israeli wine scene involves over 350 wineries, situated in five different viticultural regions. It is in the Judean Hills (known as the “Bordeaux of ancient Israel”) that Israel’s leading boutique wineries are to be found. In a landscape reminiscent of Tuscany, Clos de Gat is situated in the former HQ of ex-Israeli prime minister…

Goodbye Georges Duboeuf

Between 1979 and 1991, Christopher Piper Wines distributed the wines of Les Vins Georges Duboeuf in the West Country. This was probably the period when Duboeuf’s domaine-bottles crus were at their apogee and it was partly due to our involvement with Georges Duboeuf that Christopher Piper Wines managed to gain recognition amongst the West Country’s…

Young Talent in the Côte de Beaune. Meet Lauriane André.

We first met Lauriane André at what is called an ‘off’ tasting in Beaujolais in 2017. Her Burgundian reds and whites wines, quite simply, stood out as they are of quite exceptional definition and reflection of their terroir. Michel and Francoise André who own the 7,5 ha domaine have three sons who were already working…

Château de Vaux Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau 2018

I first met Yannick de Vermont in 2009, when he joined the team at Château de     Grandmont as estate manager. We soon became close friends, working together on wine-making projects at the property, with the intention of pushing the boundaries as far as we could when it came to quality. We both learnt a great…

One Way Lake Windermere

Walking down the slipway at Fell Foot Park in the pouring rain, into Lake Windermere was probably one of the most surreal experiences I have had. Six months of training, the agonisingly boring effort of counting lengths while ploughing up and down a pool which at times nearly made me run for the hills, never…

Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau 2017

2017 –an exceptional vintage for the Beaujolais region  This very high quality vintage must go down as being amongst one of the very best in the last fifty years. Having said that, it is likely to result in some atypical wines, similar to the fabulous 2009’s. In the Beaujolais region overall, the harvest began during the last…

The Beaujolais Vintage 2017

This very high quality vintage must go down as being amongst one of the very best in the last fifty years. Having said that, it is likely to result in some atypical wines, similar to the fabulous 2009’s. In the Beaujolais region overall, the harvest began during the last week in August and at Château…

Summer Wines

Yes a cliché but hey, there are wines we all prefer to drink in the sunshine (or warmer rain) than in the depths of winter huddling by the fire. If I’m al fresco anywhere, anytime there’s nothing better than a white, pink or glass of bubbles that has condensation droplets on the glass. I want…