Monthly Archives: July 2012

The Romance and Science of ageing wine

I must admit that for a Frenchman, my entry into the world of wine happened a) late and b) rather randomly. Whilst I very much more than made up for it in both volume and quality, I didn’t start drinking wine until the age of 23, which I realise may well shake many people’s belief […]

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Lunch is not for wimps…

I find it difficult to reconcile the musings of 1980s über-yuppie Gordon Gekko, indeed the demise of the lunch break in British working culture is not something that we at Lay & Wheeler are prepared to take lying down. The wine trade offers many wonderful opportunities to enjoy fine food and wine… all in the […]

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Burgundy, Beaune and the occasional beer

Nick’s latest blog post does not tell the full story I’m afraid. I accompanied Nick on his latest foray into Burgundy – a treat under any circumstances, but a special visit for me as it was only my third to the region and my first in temperatures above zero degrees. On arrival in Beaune, the […]

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Burgundy 2011 preview, Burgundy 2010 re-view

I have just returned from a trip to Burgundy for an early look at the 2011 vintage. I recall being in Burgundy at roughly the same time last year when many vignerons were predicting the earliest ever harvest (mid August) and worrying about their summer holidays being spoilt! As it transpired, things were delayed as […]

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Not the usual suspects

Working in the wine trade endows an individual with a certain level of geekiness, whether it’s the capacity to retain arcane facts and figures or the desire to collect the esoteric and unusual, it’s particularly hard to resist the appeal of a big bottle. It was during our stay at Château Caronne St-Gemme during Bordeaux […]

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A short visit to Taittinger: Champagne, Cathedrals and Comtes

At the end of last month, Hayley Wright from our team was fortunate to be part of a group from Majestic Wine chosen to visit Champagne Taittinger. Here is her report: After 13 hours travelling on Tuesday 26th June and a quick 20 minute turnaround at the hotel in Reims before heading back out for […]

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Tuscany Trip: Day Four – Sun, Sea and Super-Tuscans

With a lot of ground to cover on our final day (including a change of car in Sienna for one with four wheels), we had an early start with a tasting at Il Poggione just south of Montalcino.  This is one of the larger estates in the region at 125 hectares, run by talented father-and-son […]

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Tuscany Trip: Day Three – Montalcino, Montepulciano and More Macchina-Misadventure

Our Tuscan journeyings began again bright and early on Wednesday morning, when we set off from Laura Brunelli’s house for La Gerla, one of the properties that Lay & Wheeler has dealt with the longest. We were a little early at the estate, and while we awaited the arrival of Alberto Passeri we were able to […]

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