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Oysters & Shellfish

2017-05-09

David takes us through what he's getting ready to drink with his Scottish Oyster haul this year.

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Posted By Tim Williams

Matthew Jukes' most recent glowing write-up of the 2015 Garrus and Les Clans - 'The finest rosés in the world'. He scored Garrus 20/20 (his first full-marks score for a rosé) and Les Clans an outstanding 19/20. 

'Many cannot begin to imagine that rosé could, in any form, reach such heights, and they might have been correct a few years ago, but today this is blinkered and outdated thinking.' 
 

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Posted in En Primeur By Ellie Roberts

It has been a busy month - over the last few weeks we have been in London, Oxford and Cambridge hosting Christmas Wine Tastings. Read more about them here... 

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Posted in Events By Ellie Roberts

A short outline of all the events, tastings and wine shows we will be attending or holding in the months running up to Christmas. - Do come and see us! 

 

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Posted in Events By Ellie Roberts

Last weekend we took 14 of our favourite wines to The Wine Show Chelsea, a sell-out event at the Chelsea Town Hall run by The Drinks Business.


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Posted in Events By Ellie Roberts

Johnny Ray's latest Spectator Wine Club Offer is here...

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Posted By Spectator

 

Johnny Ray's latest Spectator Wine Club Offer is here...

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Posted By Luci Birch Reynardson

 

Read about Ellie's trip to the Provence and Southern Rhone. 

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Posted By Ellie Roberts

Esme and I enjoyed a wonderful trip to Bindi Sergardi for a vineyard tour and trip to the Palio warm up race!

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Posted By Luci Birch Reynardson

 

Mas de Cadenet nestles under the gleaming white rocks of Sainte Victoire. The Négrel family have been making rose here since 1820 and have honed their winemaking skills down to a very fine art. Their Rose is pale and dry with delicate fruit flavours. Maude & her brother Mathieu speak with passion - they were delighted to hear from me that their Bandol had come in the top 10 of decanters 50 best Roses in the world.

We were treated to the most delicious home made Rattatouie and of course a glass or two of Rosé - a happy day!

Esme

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Posted By Luci Birch Reynardson

Glasgow Wine Fair

2016-06-15

After an extremely early start and a 6am train from Euston, I travelled up on Saturday 11th June to Glasgow to support Tom Cannavan's wine tasting in the wonderful location that is the trade halls of Glasgow. 

The room was packed and we took 12 wines with us, all firm favourites of mine. Three of them undoubtedly shone throughout the day; Crémant de Bourgogne 2012, the Domaine du Bircheron, Macon-Peronne 2014 and the Rioja Vega Gran Reserva 2009. Of course Whispering Angel as always was a huge success too!

The room was packed and the table was full, all day of wine lovers so the day was a complete success. 

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Posted in Events By Luci Birch Reynardson

2015 is a great vintage in Bordeaux and the best since 2010.

Whether it is as good as 2010 has not yet been determined but the question is being asked...and 2015 has the advantage of the extra 5 years of technological advances in both the vineyards and wineries.

Read our full Vintage Report by clicking on 'Read More'

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Posted in En Primeur By Esme Johnstone

Most of the wine trade from the UK and indeed the world, descends on Bordeaux in early April to taste the last vintage before it is released for sale ‘en primeur’. Every Chateau from Lafite to the most modest vineyards prepares their wines for intense scrutiny. We have all been led to believe that the 2015 vintage is the best since 2010 and possibly as good – is this the usual Bordeaux marketing hype or true? Read on to find out what I deciphered from the 2015 Bordeaux vintage.

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Posted in En Primeur By Esme Johnstone


Robert Baly on winning 5 jerboams of La Chapelle Montlobre... 

“I much enjoyed this wine over Christmas, and so was delighted to hear that I had won 5 Jeroboams – a great excuse for a party! A big “thank you” to those at Domaine Montlobre and VinyardsDirect for coming up with such an inventive and generous prize.”  

You can still order this wine for £8.95 and with every case, recieve a free magnum - http://www.fromvineyardsdirect.com/domaine-montlobre-la-chapelle-2013.html#.VqDPUfmLSM8 

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Posted in Competitions By Luci Birch Reynardson

Win some excellent prizes this month - first prize is a Double Magnum of Whispering Angel 2014

1st place: Double Magnum of Whispering Angel 2014

2nd place: 2 Magnums of Whispering Angel 2014

3rd place: 1 Magnum of Whispering Angel 2014

Simply fill in your details on the right for your chance to win.

The draw will take place on 1st Febrauary 2016.
Good luck!

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Posted in Competitions By Luci Birch Reynardson

Our December Competiton Results are as follows...


1st place: Citran 2005 (6 bottle wooden case)

Philip Green

2nd place: Gravea 2010 (6 bottle wooden case)

Rebecca Williams 

3rd place: Argadens 2010 Double Magnum

Helen Ryan-Houston

Congratulations to our winners! Next post about our January competition is on the way. 

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Posted in Competitions By Luci Birch Reynardson


Results of November's  competition winners are as follows, Congratulations! 

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Posted in Competitions By Luci Birch Reynardson

Win some excellent prizes this month - first prize is a 6 bottle wooden case of Citran 2005.

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Posted in Competitions By Luci Birch Reynardson

A flying visit to Bordeaux in early November to assess the 2015 vintage first hand and see how much of the hype about a very great vintage was justified. It was undoubtedly a very good vintage in all the major wine growing regions of France both in terms of quality and quantity.

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Posted in Competitions Events En Primeur Interviews By Esme Johnstone

 

Win some excellent prizes this month - first prize is a Rioja Vega Double Magnum

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Posted in Competitions By Luci Birch Reynardson

Results of October's mixed case competition winners are as follows, Congratulations! 

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Posted in Competitions By Luci Birch Reynardson

Win some excellent prizes this month - Sporting Mixed Case, Premium Mystery Case and Mystery Case. Please click link to view the winners.

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Posted in Competitions By Luci Birch Reynardson

On Thursday 1st October, for the first time with Premier Cru Productions, we launched a fantastic and very entertaining wine tasting evening. Click Read More to see pictures and find out how he evening went. 

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Posted in Events By Luci Birch Reynardson

A picure from our trip to Chiswick to visit Sipsmith's incrdible distillery, it was a fantastic experience for us to go and see them all. We tried the full range of the products, all delicious though the Sipping vodka and Sloe Gin reminded us of why we picked these two Sipsmith products to sell! Click on the links to buy them.

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Posted By Luci Birch Reynardson

The lucky winners of September's competition have been picked and results are below! Be sure to enter October's mixed case competition. Simply fill in your details on the 'Competition' tab.

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Posted in Competitions By Luci Birch Reynardson

 

From Monday 7th - Wednesday 9th September this year I was lucky enough to be able to go out to Bordeaux in a rather exciting time - just before the harvest. All thanks to Summit and Bordeaux wines UK, read more to hear about which Chateaus I visited and see plenty of pictures!

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Posted By Luci Birch Reynardson

The Chelsea Gardener is booked for our annual Christmas tasting...

Tuesday 24th Novemer 2015 7.00pm - 9.00pm

The Chelsea Gardener, 125 Sydney Street, SW3 6NR

We’ll have a selection of our most popular wines and new additions for you to taste. Also in attendance will be some of the producers to walk you through their process as well as the wines themselves. Buy tickets here (fully refundable against any orders made on the night)

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Posted in Events By Luci Birch Reynardson

CLICK HERE to enter our September competition. Prizes are below;

  • 1st place: Château Citran 2005 (6x75cl)
  • 2nd place: Château des Gravières ‘Gravéa’ 2009 (6x75cl)
  • 3rd place: Château D‘Esclans: ‘Les Clans’ 2012 (magnum)

Simply fill in your details on the link for your chance to win.

The draw will take place on 1st October 2015.
Good luck!

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Posted in Competitions By Luci Birch Reynardson

Results of August's spirit competition are...

  • Château de Pellehaut Armagnac Tasting Tube/Gift Box - Iain MacIver
  • Brighton Gin - Kerrie Burslem
  • The Wiltshire Liqueur Company Sloe Gin from Hungerford, Berkshire - Liz Blaney

Congratulations winners! Prizes are on the way.

Enter the next competition by clicking here!

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Posted in Competitions By Luci Birch Reynardson

Click 'Read More' to hear about and see pictures of my trip to the incredible Bindi Sergardi estate last week.

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Posted By Luci Birch Reynardson

I am writing to introduce, David Hefford; FromVineyardsDirect.com’s new Product Manager. David has joined us as Product Manager from an Independent Wine Retailer in Surrey.  Now rapidly approaching his tenth year in the wine trade, he spent his formative years with Majestic Wine working in stores across south London rising to the position of Senior Store Manager. 

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Posted By Sam Earl

 Win 3 excellent Champagnes- Laurant Perrier NV, Serge Mathieu tradition NV & Ruffin NV

1st place: 1c/s (6x75cl) Laurant Perrier n/v
2nd place: 1c/s (6x75cl) Serge Mathieu tradition n/v
3rd place: 1c/s (6x75cl) Ruffin n/v

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Posted in Competitions By Luci Birch Reynardson

Congratulations to the winners for our June competition who are all now the proud owners of some of the delicious wines from Castello di Potentino.

Our lucky winners are;
1st – Maxwell Wright
2nd – Stephen Bate
3rd – Emma Harris-Jones

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Posted in Competitions By Luci Birch Reynardson

FromVineyardsDirect.com catch up with Suzanne Janotka from Esterházy for a very interesting Q&A.

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Posted in Interviews By Sam Earl

Vinexpo 2

2015-06-22

Click 'Read More' to hear about the second half of Vinexpo 2015

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Posted in Events By Esme Johnstone

Vinexpo

2015-06-16

Click on 'Read More' to hear about our first few days at Vinexpo...

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Posted By Esme Johnstone

 

Have a look at photos taken from our summer wine tasting last week on Tuesday 9th June, such a fun evening and so glad those who came were able to join us. Thank you to The Chelsea Gardener, our caterer - Georgina B - Private Catering and her delicious canapés. Also our photographer, http://patrickwilliamson.co.uk/ for these fantastic photos and ofcourse to all our producers and staff who were there to help as well. For more photos  click on 'Read More'.

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Posted in Events By Luci Birch Reynardson

Following on from Esme's blog post, after his Tuscan adventure, our June Competition includes some incredible prizes from the vineyards of the beautiful Castello di Potentino - please do read all about the wines on Esme's blog post and for a chance to enter the competition for free, simpley click on this link.  

Win 3 excellent wines from Castello di Potentino;
1st place: 12 bottles x 75cl Sacromonte
2nd place: 6 bottles x 75cl Piropo
3rd place: 3 bottles x 75cl Balaxus

The draw will take place on 1st July 2015.
Good luck!

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Posted in Competitions By Luci Birch Reynardson

In a hidden valley not far from Montalcino lies the magical Castello di Potentino and its vineyards. The Castello now owned by the Greene family is heavily fortified and dates back to the medieval times (11th century) when, as Alexander explains, Tuscany was rather like Afghanistan today. Potentino and life on the vineyard here is a step back in time to an almost forgotten world where everything is done to be in tune with nature and the seasons. 

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Posted By Esme Johnstone

May has been a busy month for us with lots going on, including our two tastings in Cambridge on Wednesday 18th May and our Oxford one yesterday on Monday 1st June. We had a great day at both the events and thank everyone who came, we very much hope you enjoyed yourselves and the wines too ofcourse! We had some great feedback on some of our new additions, as well as all the old favourties and bestsellers too. These two tasting will be happening again during the winter so if you live locally and wish to sample a few of our wines, please do absolutely come along, information will be on out wesite under the 'Events' tab. As always - we encourage everyone to bring along any fellow wine lovers!

You have not missed out though, our London tasting is yet to come and is on Tuesday 9th June - Buy Tickets Click Here!

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Posted in Events By Luci Birch Reynardson

OUR MAY COMPETITION WINNERS...

1st place: Nina Motylinski-Davies (3 x Magnums of Pauillac 2012)
2nd place: Philippa Turner (3 x Magnums of La Réserve d'Angludet 2010)
3rd place: Tanya Vincent-Tomlinson (3 x Magnums of St-Estèphe 2011)

Very exciting for you all, fantastic prizes! We will be in touch with you shortly regarding delivery.We will be posting our June competition today very soon so keep an eye out. Well done to May's winners! Enter June competition click here!

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Posted in Competitions By Luci Birch Reynardson

 

All of us at FVD regard Public Relations as a great tool in getting out our message of rather special great value wines from small growers (as opposed to the big brands). Finally after much soul searching we have been seduced by Janet Burns & Sarah Winstone of Accent Communications www.accent-communications.com.  They are a small specialist wine PR team with extensive contacts among the wine world, journalists & bloggers. They also represent Maison Sichel and Domaine Laroche among others. Just our sort of people…

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Posted By Esme Johnstone

Enter our May competition for the chance to win..

1st place: 3 x Magnums of Pauillac 2012 (150cl
2nd place: 3 x Magnums of La Réserve d'Angludet 2010 (150cl)
3rd place: 3 x Magnums of St-Estephe 2011 (150cl)

Enter The Competition here-  http://bit.ly/1O2SufW

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Posted in Competitions By Luci Birch Reynardson

Antoine de la Farge of Domaine de l’Ermitage in Menetou-Salon talks us through the peculiarities of this small Loire appellation, and what goes in to the crafting of their excellent wines.

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Posted in Interviews By Sam Earl

After 3 weeks of tasting and assessing the vintage the 2014 releases are slowly rolling out. Unsurprisingly the wines are good, easy to taste, lots of charm and user friendly ! A miracle vintage YES but not (another) vintage of the century. MIRACLE because had we not had the incredible Indian summer that we did it would have been nothing short of a disaster. Such is the marginal climate we enjoy but can suffer.

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Posted in En Primeur By Charles Sichel

I have just had lunch with Charlie Sichel, whose family own Chateau Angludet and part of Chateau Palmer, to get his ‘heads up’ on the 2014 vintage in Bordeaux.

Charlie is not like most Bordelaise who are taught to say from birth ‘this is a very great year’…. every year! Charlie did use the word ‘Miracle’ though but only to emphasise how a very moderate vintage was transformed into a very good (but not necessarily great) vintage by marvellous weather in September & October. He is due to let us have his report on the vintage very shortly so I will not pre-empt what he has to say – other than we agreed that 2014 was the best vintage since 2010 and that the wines need to be ‘good value’.

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Posted in En Primeur By Esme Johnstone

April's competition is up on our website, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook pages - enter on the following link in a matter of seconds for a chance to win one of three double magnums

This is a fantastic opportunity and entry is free click here!

1st place: Double Magnum of Château Teyssier, St-Émilion 2010 (300cl)
2nd place: Double Magnum of Rioja Vega Crianza Limited Edition 2011 (300cl)
3rd place: Double Magnum of Rioja Vega Crianza Limited Edition 2011 (300cl)

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Posted in Competitions By Luci Birch Reynardson

To a discreet luxury hotel off St James's park, much used by spies & MI5, to talk about Bordeaux to the Spectator Wine Class. Charming & intelligent audience - some 6 classes, each addressed by one of the suppliers to the Spectator Wine Club, this was the second on Bordeaux, the region  that produces more of the world's greatest wines than any other, but also so much dross.

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Posted in Events By Sam Earl

David's Easter

2015-04-08

One of my nicest spring chores, living partly in the west highlands , & certainly more fun than planting early potatoes, is putting out spats, baby oysters, the size of a little finger nail or smaller,  at low tide. These come on the overnight ferry from Colonsay - any reader, lucky enough to visit this lovely inner hebridean island, I can see on a clear day, should try to sample Andrew Abraham's honey ( he has 60 hives of black bees, the only black bee reserve in the UK, & no varroa), & perhaps, if you like them,  his oysters. His address the Strand, Colonsay.

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Posted By David Campbell

We presented a dozen of our wine to 30 members of the Dulwich Wine Society at the Rosendale pub in SE21. The Society members headed by Secretary Tim Haveland were a jolly and appreciative audience. To find out which wines won the vote please click the link below.

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Posted in Events By Sam Earl

Faizal (Commercial Accountant)  is running the London Marathon 2015 and raising money for the Sense charity.

You can help raise money for this great cause by donating directly to his fundraising page:

http://www.justgiving.com/faizal-Fakeerbaccus

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Posted By Sam Earl

We randomly picked the names to put in the pot from over 2,000 entrees - well done to the winners! 

The winners are-

Double Magnum Winner - Valerie Brown

Magnum Winner - Jayne Dawson

Bottle Winner - Russell Draper

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Posted in Competitions By Luci Birch Reynardson

The scene was set - we were guests of the Sichel family for the showdown every two years between England & France at Twickenham. 

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Posted By Esme Johnstone

Join us for the FVD Summer Wine Tasting at the Chelsea Gardener.

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Posted By Esme Johnstone