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Gosh (some of) these wines are expensive! Good to see that our old friend Capbern-Gasqueton 2009 is holding up well. The Laithwaites production facility on the Castillon quayside (described...

Tags:  bordeaux, SW France

In 1980 the seemingly innocuous but soon to prove highly enjoyable phrase ‘A selection of British and Irish farmhouse cheeses’ began to appear on restaurant dessert menus across the...

From €9.90, $?, £19.99 Find the dry Italian Petit Manseng Find the sweet Clos Uroulat Jurançon Who would have thought it? Here's a really satisfying dry white made from an...

Tags:  Italy, SW France

See this  guide to all our autumn collections . And so we bid farewell to our long series of 19 regional collections of tasting notes with a sweep-up of all the French wines that did...

From €11.70, £13.41, 17 Swiss francs, $23 Find this revitalising wine   Jurançon is one of those delicious white wines that is far too easy to overlook, coming as it does from the...

Tags:  SW France

Seeing a woman and child in difficulty on the slopes, a ski instructor gallantly swooped in to help. Problem fixed, he jumped on the ski lift with the woman’s husband and they started talking....

Tags:  SW France

If mediocrity is one of wine's most cardinal sins, then Alain Brumont of Chx Montus and Bouscassé in deepest south west France is one of its saving graces. Not for his following some holy vinous...

Tags:  SW France

In a nutshell: Mostly bordeaux-like, plus some Basque influence. Main grapes: Cabernets Sauvignon and Franc, Merlot, Malbec, Tannat, Negrette, Fer (red); Sauvignon, Sémillon, Muscadelle,...

Tags:  SW France

Mark Dowman, Var, France: This follows on from my original enquiry last April. I had the good fortune to visit Chateau Montus/Bouscassé last week and tasted the...

Tags:  SW France

Jan Karsten, Brazil: Would you have any comments on...

Tags:  SW France

The most impressive wine of a 54-wine line-up of Spain's best earlier this month was made mainly from a grape I had barely heard of, Callet, a native Mallorcan. Àn Tinto 2001 is one of those...

Tags:  Spain

Anita Le Roy, who founded Monmouth Coffee in Covent Garden and is married to Randolph Hodgson of Neal's Yard Dairy fame, has just opened a new Monmouth Coffee outpost by the thriving Borough...

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