IWFS LONDON WINE BLOG June 2019

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Last month we were fortunate in having a second tasting of mature Bordeaux wines from the 2005 vintage. This vintage is regarded as the best so far this century – with prices to match. The growing season in 2005 was exceptionally long, hot and dry, yet with just enough necessary moisture. There was no drought. Indeed there was a welcome …

IWFS LONDON WINE BLOG May 2019

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Early in May we enjoyed a tasting of wines from Gérard Bertrand, tutored by François Pages, the export manager. Gérard Bertrand was a professional rugby union player who retired to take over the Corbières family estate after his father died. He expanded the business, acquired new estates, and developed biodynamic methods. He now owns or manages 15 estates, all in …

IWFS LONDON WINE BLOG April 2019

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  One tasting this time: the range of champagnes made by the Serge Mathieu champagne house, one of the Côte des Bar’s leading small growers and producers, renowned for extremely fine champagne. Such an interesting tasting, kindly hosted by Christopher and Marigold Davenport Jones at their home. We first had the unusual opportunity of tasting examples of the appellation Coteaux …

IWFS London Blog March 2019

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Three contrasting occasions in February illustrate the admirable variety of wine and food events we offer. Moldovan wines The first was a tasting of a wide selection of wines from Moldova, including those made from local grapes Feteasca and Rara Neagra, as well as those from more familiar grapes such as Tempranillo and Chardonnay.   I didn’t know that Moldova has …

IWFS London Blog February 2019

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I happily attended two IWFS London events in January: a Dinner and a Red Burgundy tasting. The dinner was at Tredwells, its website by-line: “relaxed contemporary dining restaurant in Covent Garden”. It is a restaurant in the Marcus Wareing group. The chef is Chantelle Nicholson. We were celebrating New Year, an excuse to lighten up what can often be quiet …