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“Your greatest tasting ever!”

31st January, 2014

“Your greatest tasting ever!”

So said Bea Contini Bonacossi from Capezzana, “Every year is better than the one before!”. 

With record numbers for both wines on show and customers through the door, our Portfolio Tasting in London last week was certainly our biggest but this resounding compliment from such a long-standing producer is praise indeed.

Spread over two floors, around half of our portfolio was on show, equating to almost 600 wines with expanded selections of olive oil, spirits and craft beer and cider. Seventeen countries were represented from the real ‘old world’ of winemaking Armenia to relative newcomer England and everything in between.

A total of 59 new wines were available to taste, with Trinity Hill (New Zealand), Montes (Chile) and Kaiken (Argentina) being a big draw for many, while others found the more unusual Domaine de la Pinte and Boulevard Napoléon (from the Jura and Minervois regions of France respectively) to be particular highlights.

Italy remains a big focus for us and so it was at the tasting. The 2010s from Tuscany – declared a “stunning” vintage by David Gleave MW - and latest white wine releases from north-east Italy also created their own buzz on the 2nd floor where Italy took up nearly the entire room! 

We were delighted to see such positive sentiments from those who attended on twitter but we would love to hear more of your thoughts, favourites and suggestions for next time so please do get in touch!