Get into the grape.

  • Wine Tasting with Riedel

    Monday September 2nd, 2013

    Austrian glassware specialists Riedel invite you to join owner and namesake George Riedel and Angelo Gaja for an evening of wine tasting at Bankside’s Vinopolis

  • Everything's coming up rosé. The Secrets of Château Léoube.

    Wednesday July 4th, 2012

    Daydreaming about the Mediterranean again; we'll find any excuse to open a bottle of our favourite Côtes de Provence rosé.

  • Negotiating the Wine List - how to be hip before you sip

    Monday January 23rd, 2012

    In truth, the event will please anyone with an interest in wine, not just those who have sat basting in beads of their own sweat whilst studying the wine list on dates of yore. Thierry is a character as well as an expert and the private dining room at Angelus is a relaxing environment. Thierry famously considers sommeliers as “salesmen of pleasure” and the food, wine and conversation at the press dinner suggest he at least is living up to his own billing.

  • Ho Ho Ho. Why not try a different grape variety in your wines this Xmas?

    Monday December 12th, 2011

    If you're all set for food this Xmas but a bit unsure about the wines, Alan Kingsbury has got into the booze early and recommends trying some different grape varieties in order to bring a bit of novelty and cheer to your table this year

  • Discovering the Real Beaujolais

    Sunday December 11th, 2011

    Forget the wacky races of Beaujolais Nouveau, says Alan Kingsbury,instead go for the Beaujolais Crus as he did by tasting six of the best to be found.

  • Turning Leaf Zinfandel California 2010

    Friday November 18th, 2011

    Named after a town in California, Zinfandel is a characteristic grape variety of the U.S.A with its early ripening fruit producing a juice with relatively high sugar levels. This means that the resulting red wines are rich and powerful and ones that will appeal strongly to all those with a taste for the New World.

  • Château de Montmal 2009 Fitou Mount Tauch

    Friday November 11th, 2011

    2009 was a good year in Fitou. There could be more concentration in the fruit but the winemakers here have clearly gone for elegance and balance; more charm than power, serving as a reminder that wines from the south are working towards comparison with their classic counterparts further north.

  • Bring on the Bordeaux wines

    Monday November 30th, 2009

    We all want to drink responsibly but that doesn't just mean simply not getting hammered. We should all be drinking wines that are local, so as to cut the carbon footprint, and wines that are well priced, to cut the shopping bills. Welcome to Bordeaux.

  • The Meet & Wine club meet again - with VFM wine tasting

    Thursday August 27th, 2009

    The Meat & Wine Co is delighted to announce that its recently launched wine club, The Meet & Wine Club, will be holding it’s third meeting Tuesday 1st September 2009. CALL MY BLUFF MR CHANCELLOR will be the evening’s theme.

  • Vini di famiglia wine festival at Carluccio’s

    Monday June 1st, 2009

    'This summer, from 7th June to 1st August, Carluccio’s will take you back to the ancient vineyards of Sicily with a season of Vini di Famiglia (wines from families) as they celebrate their annual wine festival.

  • Wine for Women with Wine Couture

    Monday June 1st, 2009

    Wine Couture is  the ultimate wine club for women. This first event in the capital is a unique occasion - a tutored tasting of German wines, including the exclusive wine from the Handel family vineyard.

  • Start summer with a vibrant Pinot grigio or gutsy Bonarda Shiraz - from Camden Park

    Thursday April 23rd, 2009

    With summer iseemingly started, diaries are slowly beginning to fill up with picnic days, lazy lunches and alfresco drinking sessions.  Now all that’s left to do is find a vibrant wine, full of character that’s the perfect match for any social occasion.

  • Ethical wine from South Africa with Fairhills

    Thursday April 23rd, 2009

    If you’re looking for a guilt-free way to enjoy summertime drinking with friends, Fairhills - the world’s leading Fairtrade wine brand – makes it easy with its wide range of reds, whites and rosés from South Africa and Argentina.

  • Unique wines at Gaucho

    Monday March 2nd, 2009

    Argentine restaurant specialist, Gaucho, which lists 199 Argentine wines, has grown its own label range to include nine specially produced wines.
    The Terruño range, Terruño being the Spanish translation of ‘terroir’, has been put together by Gaucho Director of Wines, Phil Crozier to represent all of the major grape varieties in Argentina.

  • Mother's day delights at Chapel Down

    Monday February 23rd, 2009

    You’ve already bought her chocolates; you’ve already given her flowers. This year, the best way to truly indulge your mum this Mothering Sunday is with some home-grown, English sparkling wine. Chapel Down has the perfect gift for every mum, ranging from a single indulgent bottle to a whole set of her very own vines.

  • Brown Brothers spice up wine

    Saturday February 14th, 2009

    Now I must confess that I have never been convinced about wine with Indian food. I’ve been to no end of press events where a top sommelier hired by a fancy Indian restaurant has introduced a wine and food pairing menu. Some have been fun, all have been interesting, but throughout I have been unable to rid myself of one cynical thought - they want to convince us to drink wine with Indian because there’s a bigger mark up on wine than on lager. There I’ve said it.

  • Be enlightened at master class with wine guru

    Friday January 23rd, 2009

    Joe Wadsack, the former Wine Communicator of the Year, will be at Richard Phillips at Chapel Down on Friday 30 January to give budding food and wine connoisseurs the opportunity to enhance their understanding of wine making by explaining the entire process, from tank to table and grape to glass.

  • Fairhills will make lives better in 2009

    Tuesday January 20th, 2009

    Fairhills, a progressive Fairtrade wine brand, is using Fairtrade Fortnight 2009 as a way to urge its customers to think about 'what's in a glass'. This year, Fairhills is investing over £220,000 in Fairtrade projects across South Africa, Argentina and Chile. In one glass of Fairhills wine, drinkers can not only enjoy fruity reds and whites, but they can also be assured that 5p from every glass will go toward helping people in South Africa, Argentina - and now Chile, which has just this month been awarded Fairtrade accreditation.

  • Pontet Bagatelle Rose Sold En Primeur

    Thursday January 15th, 2009

    Tradition dictates that the sale of wine ‘En Primeur’ is not something that generally happens to the blushing pinks of the wine world, but is the preserve of more ‘serious’ wines from a particular left or right bank. The decision by the novel online wine retailer to release the 2008 vintage of Château Pontet Bagatelle Rosé En Primeur is, therefore, likely to raise a few eyebrows – with orders limited to a maximum of five cases per person.

  • Bag a Bordeaux for Easter

    Tuesday January 13th, 2009

    Château Reysson 2005 is a perfect wine partner with Spring lamb and roast meats.  So pick up a bottle from Tesco during a special promotion from 25 February – 14 April. Shoppers looking for reliable, good value claret to serve with traditional Easter fare should opt for a bottle of Dourthe’s Château Reysson 2005, an outstanding Cru Bourgeois Supérieur, now available from Tesco stores