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by Sam Logan | November 28, 2017
We take a whistlestop tour to hear how Christmas traditions differ around Spain. There’s the usual Jamón Iberico, cheese, and seafood, along with some southern Christmas Biscuits from Olivares – And plenty of wine!   Bodegas Jimenez Landi “We assemble a Nativity Set in our family home, and we get together in front of it […]
by Sam Logan | October 4, 2017
Vines love valleys. Rivers moderate summer temperatures and provide fertile alluvial soil from a history of floods. Valley slopes drain vineyards quickly and give them a sunny aspect. Valleys are a kind of “Goldilocks feature” for vines; giving light, heat, hydration, and nutrition that is just right for producing great wine. The two valleys of […]
by Sam Logan | October 2, 2017
The south of France enjoys a certain reputation. Tell anyone that’s where you’re headed, and they’ll probably picture you enjoying champagne on a superyacht flanked by the ultrarich and European aristocracy. But the south of France isn’t all about obscene luxury on the Riviera. Despite not having the same reputation as premier French regions like […]
by Sam Logan | August 25, 2017
We visited the Domaine De l’Hortus in the middle of July, about six or seven weeks ago. From the moment we arrived at the winery the impression I got was one of control and planning.   Even superficially, l’Hortus is different to most of the other vineyards and wineries we had visited. The winery is […]
by Sam Logan | August 23, 2017
Feudo Luparello Sicilian winery Feudo Luparello is owned and run by Walter Bartolomei, one of Italy’s foremost independent winemakers. His other vineyards may be familiar to fans of Italian wine; Ciù Ciù and Costadoro, both located on the Adriatic Coast. Walter and his brother, Massimiliano, worked with Feudo Luparello as consultants for years before purchasing […]
by Sam Logan | August 23, 2017
La Famille Courselle How do you make wine that captures all the joy and innocence of childhood? To begin with, you would need to be a truly gifted winemaker. You should also have spent your own childhood in “a magic place among the vines”. Lastly, investing the wine with an exuberant and carefree character would […]
by Wines Direct | April 6, 2016
“…Nicely concentrated, medium-bodied wine with piquant red fruits and a lovely savoury, liquorice tang on the finish.” John Wilson, The Irish Times
by Wines Direct | April 6, 2016
“Slightly Burly, warming dark fruits, with a good dry finish. This is a classic French style of wine, the sort you could happily drink with most mid-week meals.” John Wilson, Irish Times
by Wines Direct | April 5, 2016
“The lighter side of Languedoc with easy smooth dark fruits and hints of spice. Perfect glugging wine to drink on its own, with grilled sausages or any other red meat.” John Wilson, The Irish Times