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  • Why Buy from Independent Wine Merchants?

    Why buy from Independent Wine Merchants? Ian Abrahams on November 23, 2012   Bristol Wine Blog Vine Trail, hosted a tasting of a selection of their wines recently at the excellent Wilks Restaurant. Vine Trail specialises in wines from niche producers, all French, many growing their grapes without using fertilisers or sprays, some even following ultra-organic ‘biodynamic’ principles in their vineyards. The results speak for themselves: vibrant,...

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  • Small is Beautiful - Bristol Tasting Circle

    Ian Abrahams February 16, 2012  Bristol Wine Blog “Small is beautiful” is the philosophy of Bristol wine merchants Vine Trail and it’s one that I wholly agree with. It is the complete opposite of that of the major supermarkets whose shelves are littered with the products of companies who deal in millions of bottles. In my view, it simply isn’t possible to produce interesting...

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  • Observer - 20 Best Red Wines for Christmas

    David Williams in The Observer 18th November 2012 20 Best Red Wines For Christmas David & Benjamin Duclaux Côte-Rôtie La Germine, Rhône Valley, France 2006 (£31.96  vinetrail.co.uk) As with all the best Rhône syrahs, this comes with a bloody-meaty umami streak, a lick of tar-and-liquorice, a wisp of smoke and some soft red and black fruit – a combination that would work very well with dark game and red meat....

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  • Growers' champagne - Centurion Mag

    JEFFREY T IVERSON IN CENTURION-MAGAZINE.COM on Independent champagne makers (Dec2012): Last year’s record champagne exports offered a salient reminder that bubbly has lost none of its mystique for wine lovers the world over. The great champagne houses, led by prestigious cuvées like Moët & Chandon’s Dom Pérignon or Louis Roederer’s Cristal, have engendered over time an aura of exclusivity that still surrounds champagne to this day. But recently dozens of new...

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