Wine Tasting : Bodegas Alvia – Rioja – Spain

L'Ami Jac Spansh Wine Tasting Evening

Sommelier tip’s : How to keep an open bottle of wine?

How to keep an open bottle of wine? Keeping a wine after it has been opened is always a delicate matter. However, there are simple and effective tricks to maximize the expectancy life of an opened bottle. First of all, any open bottle should be re-capped as soon as possible after serving to limit the […]

What’s going on ?

Bordeaux is facing an important crisis due to a number of factors that is causing a 12% drop in sales for the 2018-2019 campaign. Indeed, the geopolitical situation places Bordeaux wines in second place on the Chinese market due to customs agreements concerning Chilean and Australian wines, which have become more attractive. The American market, […]

Sommelier tip’s : What Temperature should you serve your wine ?

Your wine need to be served at the right temperature to get the full benefit of your wine. A temperature too cold will increase the sensation of acidity, making the tannins hard and unpleasant (for red wines) and block the aromas. A temperature too high will increase the sensation of alcohol,   making the wines […]

Interview with Domaine Fontavin

Hi Agathe, thank you for accepting to answer our questions. First, could you please introduce the Domaine Fontavin? We are based in the south of the Rhone Valley. We are three ladies who are working in the domaine; Helène Chouvet, owner and winemaker; Pauline, our ex intern who oversees the sales and myself, have been […]

Interview with Les Roques de Cana – Cahors (Malbec)

Thank you Mr Vial for giving us your time to answer some of our questions. Could you please introduce the Domain Les Roques de Cana ? The domain of Les Roques de Cana has been taken over by Mr Guiette, a child in the local area who wanted to give back the prestige of the […]

French Gourmet Hamper

Specially selected 2015 vintage wine by French artisans to accompany Castaing’s 1925 gourmet selection of Discovery Pates, Wild Boar Terrine, Fig Chutney & handmade Périgord Walnuts.   Contains Château Barbé 2015 Blaye, Côtes de Bordeaux   75cl Château Caillou 2015, Grand Cru Classé, Sauternes , Barsac 37.5cl Castaing 1925 Wild Boar Terrine with Sage & […]

Interview with Domaine de la Croix

We are lucked to have an interview with Mrs Diane Nublat, the Director of Domaine de La Croix for only 1 year. She answered all our questions with fantastic consideration. Great to meet you Mrs Nublat, thank you for allowing us the time for an interview.  How did you come to manage this large winery? [...]

Interview by France 3 : French national TV (video in French)

Two French journalists from France 3 (National French TV) followed me during one day to see my motivation to stay in the UK after the Brexit. Two main reasons push me to stay : 1 – I got married with an English girl. When they interviewed me, Sophie was not my wife yet. 2 – […]

Chilled red on the terrasse ? Yes!

Yes  ! We can enjoy a glass of red wine under the sun. With this beautiful weather, it’s quite normal not to see a lot of red wine on the table. But, why don’t we change these habits? Indeed, some red wine can be a good alternative to rose or white. A few of them […]

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