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Richard Esling

16 September 2021

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Great Flavours from Northern Rhone Wines

Six pages of close type in a wine list, with around 60 wines per page, and that's only the red wines from one region of France. This was the range of wines from the Rhone Valley in a specialist wine merchants in the fabulous city of Lyon. The shop is called Malleval in Rue Emile Zola and has been serving its loyal local customer base since 1869. Of course, there are wines stocked from all over France and the nineteenth century underground cellars hold some 40,000 bottles, with a value of arou...
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Richard Esling

22 February 2017

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Winter Work in the Vineyard

Work in the Vineyards goes on Whatever the Weather Mention the word 'vineyard' and a vision immediately appears of neatly tended rows of vines, with luscious green leaves and large bunches of developing grapes, bathed in warm sunshine on gently rolling hills. For most of us, when we visit a vineyard, that is what we expect to see, simply because most vineyard visits take place in late Spring, Summer or possibly early Autumn. However, visit a vineyard in the depths of January or February, and...
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Richard Esling

17 June 2015

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Wine Knowledge Broadens the Horizons

"I don't know much about wine, but I know what I like!"  If I had a bottle of wine for every time I have heard that statement, I would have a very well stocked cellar. The truth is, that only half of this statement is correct. The lack of wine knowledge may well be true, but there are probably a great number of wines that the person may like, if only they knew! The main problem is in knowing why you like a wine. Very few people (apart from those in the wine trade) take the time to analys...
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Richard Esling

15 May 2015

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English Wines go from Strength to Strength

A Sparkling Future for English Wine Production   Record breaking production figures have been released recently for the 2014 harvest of English wines. The figures show production of the equivalent of 6.3 million bottles, representing an increase in volume of 42% over 2013 - itself a record breaking year. It is estimated by the English Wine Producers and UK Vineyards Association that at least two thirds of production is now sparkling wine, which would equate to 4 million bottles. The warm...
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Richard Esling

16 February 2015

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Early Report for Bordeaux 2014 Vintage

If you are a fan of the great red wines from Bordeaux, you may be wondering what the 2014 vintage will be like when it is ready. For the top wines, which need considerable ageing, these have traditionally been sold before they are even bottled. These wines are currently sitting in their oak barrels in the Bordeaux chateaux, where they will normally stay for around 18 months. Once there is a consensus from the wine experts as to the quality (normally around April after the vintage) the wines a...
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Richard Esling

08 September 2014

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100 YEAR OLD CHAMPAGNE TO SELL AT BONHAMS

A bottle of Pol Roger 1914 – Winston Churchill’s favourite vintage of his favourite wine - which has lain undisturbed in the cellars of the champagne house for 100 years is to be sold at Bonhams Fine Wine Sale in London on 23 October. The bottle is estimated at £3,000-4,000 and the proceeds will be donated to the Imperial War Museum to support the refurbishment of its First World War Galleries. Pol Roger 1914 is regarded as one of the finest vintages of the 20th century but ...
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Richard Esling

04 September 2014

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Tanya passes with Merit

One of the latest successful candidates of Sussex Wine Academy, Tanya was awarded a pass with Merit in her WSET Level 2 exam. Tanya is a stewardess on a super-yacht in the Mediterranean and recently studied and took the exam in Arundel, whilst on leave in the UK. Now back in the Med, Tanya is already heading for promotion in her career, due to obtaining this latest globally recognized qualification. She also intends to go on to Level 3 possibly next year. We wish her every success in her futu...
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Richard Esling

23 May 2014

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Champagne de Barfontarc launched in UK

Champagne de Barfontarc was launched on the UK market at a consumer tasting on Saturday 3rd May in Arundel, West Sussex. The tasting of a range of champagnes from the southern champagne house was a huge success, with 100% of attendees placing orders for the champagne when it is imported. New on the UK market, the champagnes are well reputed in France, being featured every year in the Guide Hachette – the top wine buying guide in France. The style and age of the champagnes makes them id...
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Richard Esling

05 December 2013

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Rondo - an English red wine grape variety

Rondo One of the 'new' red grape varieties grown for English wines with some considerable success. A Hybrid variety - Saperavi Servernyi x St Laurent. Originally just named Gm 6494/5, this hybrid vine has very different parentage from Regent (another hybrid) but some similar characteristics. It has adapted to UK conditions very well and plantings have been increasing since was first planted in 1983. Rondo produces wines with very good colour and style and overtones of classic red v...
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Richard Esling

04 November 2013

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50 Year Old Glenfiddich for Sale

THE GLENFIDDICH 50 YEAR OLD LEADS BONHAMS WINTER WHISKY SALE IN EDINBURGH   A bottle of The Glenfiddich 50 year old estimated to make between £12,000-15,000 is the lead lot in Bonhams Whisky sale in Edinburgh on 11 December.   Taken from cask numbers 844, 845, 846 filled on 17th July 1937 and casks 1044, 1046, 1047 and 1048 filled on 14th December 1939 the whisky was vatted for over one year. It was bottled on 26th July 1991 and carries the number 416.  The bottle comes...
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