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…

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…

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…

Christmas Mixed Cases – Half bottles, Magnums and Party Wines

Who doesn’t love a drop of something special at Christmas ? Our Half bottle case is a great gift for that couple where one likes red and one likes white wine. No arguments here and both get a great glass and a half of red, white or even champagne. This case contains 2 half bottles…

Crumbs Magazine, October 2016

Crumbs Magazine, October 2013 ‘Ask the Expert’ Section; advice on those who might be starting out in the wine business plus top tips on food and wine matching (and opinions on Brexit) straight from Chris Piper and John Earle.