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Friends,Having broken the back of January I'm pleased to reach out with my first update of 2019. Last year I worked hard on launching Vinorandum, my ambitious plan to develop a wine
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What a year 2018 was! After just a few short weeks of being open word seemed to spread around Chester and our little reputation for creating a cosy, intimate wine space made its
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We held our first wine tasting event at Mistral since its opening in September. Hopefully it will be the first of many, but we teamed up with Ben Drury of Yorkshire merchant Alpine
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We've spent the last few months working on a former wig and hair extensions shop on the historic rows of Chester to create Mistral, a cosy little wine bar and shop specialising in
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A rather delicate start....We picked up the car and headed out of Oporto, driving inland along the river towards Peso da Régua, up to Vila Real, as far as Cima Corgo and
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I do qutie a bit of travelling in the name of promoting my various wine projects and while it seems like a life of fancy labels, great food and endless social occaisions, I
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I really must say a few things about dinner at La table de Chaintré in the heart of Pouilly-Fuissé - very, very goodSébastien Grospellier's sincere and authentic cooking has earned a michelin star.
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Following a juding session in Lyon Paul D and I went driving around Beaujolais and the Maconais.Dinner in LyonThe competition started early the next day...The competition....We drove straight out Lyon
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Last week I found myself back in Plovdiv, a guest of the Union of Bulgarian oenologists and a skeptical voice on the development of Bulgarian wines over the last few years. The purpose
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In many ways Elizabet Poteva's small winery just outside Plovdiv  represents the reasons I got into the wine trade. Her vision for low production wines made from local varieties is an appealing one
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I've been in Bulgaria again tasting with the Union of Bulgarian Oenologists. You can read my column here.
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December is not usually the time to head back to the continent and start dipping into wine regions. There's normally far too much festive madness in the air to spare the time. But,
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With the changing of the clocks and the crack of fireworks behind us we are on the home straight towards festive chaos and all the wonderful vinous delights that the silly season entails.
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Last month I found myself representing Basilicata's highly regarded Cantine del Notaio at Blenheim Palace's literature, film and music festival gala dinner. Indeed!! Now one might have expected the early evening flutes of