Category Archives: Wine Tasting

A half century celebrated at Lord’s

Business and pleasure rarely mix… unless of course you are lucky enough to work in the wine trade. You really can’t beat a good tasting… unless of course that tasting is accompanied by lunch or dinner in an establishment of quality. Having just returned from Burgundy, you could say that I’ve had more than my […]

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Burgundy 2011 Day Three: Whites and more Côtes de Nuits

Day three of our 2011 Burgundy tasting week and the brief was simple though very different for each team: whilst Adrian, Edwina, Lucy & Will would get under the skin of the 2011 Chardonnays up and down the Côte de Beaune, Al, Kat, Nick and I would have to tough it out and taste (mostly) reds at […]

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Burgundy 2011 Day Two: foray into the Côte de Nuits

After the warm weather of yesterday and our team barbecue at our gite in the evening, the mist and cloud was not a welcome site today, making the slopes of the Côte impossible to see at times. As the full group was now in the region, we split into two groups this morning and headed […]

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Christian Seely at the Zetter Townhouse: Great wines & great company

Success in turning around the fate of Quinta do Noval during his stint as Managing Director there meant that Christian Seely was offered the driving seat for the whole AXA Millèsimes company when Jean-Michel Cazes moved on to pastures new. Since 2000, Christian has managed the portfolio with great success and we were thrilled to […]

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Pomerol Dinner with Moueix at The Zetter Townhouse

We were thrilled to welcome our customers and Edouard Moueix to dinner at London’s Zetter Townhouse last week. A glass of Vilmart’s 2001 Coeur de Cuvée Champagne sharpened our palates and whetted our appetite for the evening ahead. Edouard’s introductory comments on how JP Moueix is a young company (he’s ‘only’ third generation) and how […]

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Medal Winners Tasting at New Zealand House 31/07/12

As the eagerly awaited Medal Winners tasting day finally arrived, much excitement was felt as we went up to London, not only to taste the wines but also with the prospect of maybe catching some of the GB/Olympic Buzz. On arrival at New Zealand House we were greeted and signed in then off we went […]

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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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