Category Archives: Wine Merchants

Utravino – The Full Piemonte

A lot of my articles draw attention to small importers, often working in specialist areas. Without the innovation and deep knowledge these small merchants bring to the table we’d probably miss out on some spectacular wines, as I hope recent … Continue reading

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Meeting António Maçanita

There was a buzz being created around the Azores even before Sarah Ahmed wrote a revealing article in Decanter last summer, and that buzz has without doubt been created largely by one man, António Maçanita, the founder (with Paulo Machado) … Continue reading

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London Wine Fair 2018 Part 2 – Drinks Britannia and the Trading Floor

In Part 1 of my review of the 2018 London Wine Fair I concentrated on the small importers in the Esoterica area, where you could find perhaps the real excitement of the event. If you haven’t already read Part 1, you can catch … Continue reading

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London Wine Fair 2018 Part 1 – Esoterica

It’s that time of year when the London Wine Fair comes to London’s Olympia. For anyone who has never been, it’s an enormous three day event, boasting 14,000 wines from 40 countries. The vast “trading floor” has many gems among the diaspora … Continue reading

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Otros Vinos, Spring 2018: Spain’s Wild Frontier

Over the past few years there has been a genuine widening of what wine lovers are prepared to consider exciting and ground breaking in the world of wine. The natural wine movement has drawn attention to hundreds of small time … Continue reading

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Mood Indigo – Indigo Wines Portfolio 2018

The Vinyl Factory is a nostalgic venue for any music lover. Even the entrance has its charm because you go in via Phonica Records on Soho’s Poland Street, past the vinyl and CDs, before descending. I always enjoy an event … Continue reading

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Great Exhibition 2018 – with the emphasis on Great

Yesterday was the Winter 2018 Great Exhibition Tasting in the arches under Holborn Viaduct, this time featuring Winemakers Club and Carte Blanche Wines. These Tastings are always good, but there must have been something in the air yesterday, because there … Continue reading

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Basket Press Wines at Plateau

Even I, known for my terrible puns, was able to avoid using some awful pun about czeching out Basket Press Wines and Plateau, Brighton’s brilliant natural wine bar/restaurant in The Lanes, in the title of this article, but I would … Continue reading

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It’s a Wonderful Life (That You Bring)

I’ve been up to a few things this month that didn’t really fit into any of the other articles, and I thought I’d mention them here. They do amount to a free plug for the places mentioned, but I don’t … Continue reading

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The Power…and the Glory – Australia Day Tasting, London 2018

I hadn’t been to the annual ADT event in London for a few years and coming back to it didn’t really feel like being away. Crowded (okay, really popular), quite hot (an issue for some of the red wines, with … Continue reading

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