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  • Long Live the independents! Jancis Robinson 13 Nov 2012

    13 Nov 2012 by Jancis Robinson, Richard Hemming & Tamlyn Currin "This array of more than 200 wines provides proof, we hope, of how interesting the independent wine merchants of Britain are. However hard supermarkets such as Tesco, Marks & Spencer, Waitrose and to a certain extent Sainsbury's are currently working to demonstrate to the wine media that they also sell fine wine, I think it would be fair...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • 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 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....

  • 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...

  • Jancis FT Professionals' favourite

    In the FT on 27th October, Jancis picks a selection of "Absolutely Cracking" French wines nominated by professionals in the wine world.  Amongst the selections in the Rhône, she says: "It's always fun to see what specialists recommend so I approached the choices of Rhône author John Livingstone-Learmonth with particular interest.  And Bernard Gripa's white Les Figuiers St-Péray, £19.96 from Vine Trail, has long been a favourite...

  • Dirty Dozen - Robert Giorgione on Champagne Prevost

    The Roving Sommelier “Dirty Dozen” wine selection By Robert Giorgione on September 17, 2012 “As with 2011, the recent Dirty Dozen tasting was probably one of the best wine events of this year. Essentially, the Dirty Dozen is a collaboration of (yes, you’ve guessed it) twelve UK-based independent wine suppliers/merchants – all of whom have their own particular niche and special reputation that has been built up over the years.” Giorgione...

  • Dirty Dozen Tasting 12th September Sarah Ahmed

    Sarah Ahmed in The Wine Detective ( The Dirty Dozen Do It Again: A Terroir Tasting.  On The Loire - Contrasting styles of Chenin Blanc, also Sauvignon, showed off the Loire’s terroir.... From Chavignol’s steep kimmeridgian limestone-based slopes Gerard Boulay Clos de Beaujeu Sancerre 2010 (Vine Trail) was iron fist in velvet glove.  A powerful, creamy, chalky, leesy, textured palate with blackcurrant bud and citrus is underscored and animated by steely grapefruity, mineral acidity, teasing...

  • Dirty Dozen Tasting 12th September Anne Krebiehl

    HARPERS ONLINE Friday, 14 September 2012 10:47 Anne Krebiehl dishes the dirt from the Dirty Dozen tasting on 12th September.  She selects 2 wines from Vine Trail - Chanudet’s Fleurie and Berlioz’s Chignin.  So why exactly is the Dirty Dozen Tasting the most exciting, least predictable and most hotly anticipated event within the crazy wine circus that London is in September? Why is there such a buzz, such animated discussion, such...

  • Wine Doctor Saumur Champigny Bobinet

    Chris Kissack's Wine of the Week in the Wine Doctor on 9th July is Sébastien Bobinet Saumur-Champigny Amatéüs Bobi 2008 - In the glass the 2008 Sébastien Bobinet Saumur-Champigny Amatéüs Bobi, has a pure, dark and rich hue, not opaque but certainly concentrated, shimmering and bright despite the intensity of pigment. The nose is just captivating, loaded with bright and pure fruit character. Underneath there is a real blended,...