Monthly Archives: June 2012

L’Enfant Terrible: 2006 Birba, La Gerla, Tuscany

A lovely wine to ease you into Friday afternoon. Kat and I tasted at La Gerla last week and were very impressed with not only the estate and the wines but also the rather dashing and down-to-earth winemaker/agronomist Alberto Passeri.  With two plots of land either side of the town of Montalcino, they are able to […]

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Tuscany trip: Day two – Surprises, Sangiovese and Sunsets

It was difficult to tear ourselves away from the idyllic hilltop village of Volpaia on Tuesday morning – thinking that the scenery and wines simply couldn’t get any better.  But how wrong we were!  There was still so much of Tuscany to discover and we set off early amidst a chorus of birdsong for Castello […]

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Tuscany trip: Day one – Chianti, Cars and Cantucci

On Sunday 18th June, we flew from London to Pisa for the beginning of our grand tour of Tuscany. To be fair, the schedule was more whistle-stop than grand, but nonetheless, it was an exciting looking itinerary. Flying on the Sunday was designed to avoid Monday-morning stress and for us to be able to hit […]

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Olivier Leflaive Burgundy – perfect for lazy (sunny) afternoons

A day without tasting wine leaves many in the sales team feeling unsettled and on edge. Thankfully we have two Olivier Leflaive white Burgundy to inspire us today, and what a perfect style to enjoy as the clouds clear to blue skies and the promise of a few whole days of summer to enjoy. The […]

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Leeds & Manchester Left Bank Claret Tastings @ Hotel Malmaison

Two of the Lay & Wheeler team are currently heading home following our superb tastings in Manchester and Leeds. The two evenings of Left Bank Fine Wines held at Hotel Malmaison’s two venues, Mal One  & Mal Two – were huge successes and we’ll add a more detailed post later on the proceedings. A big […]

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