Hidden Gems : Il Grande Silenzio Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

This red wine, coming directly from the Corno Grande mountain in the heart of Italy, is made from 100% Montepulciano grapes.   This grape variety, extremely famous in this region of Abruzzo, has been worked according to an ancient Tuscan method.  This method, called “Governo all’uso Toscano”, has created the powerful character of this wine. When […]

Grape Variety : Petit Maseng

Petit Manseng is a white grape variety of Pyrenean origin. It has been established in the Béarn region of southwest France since the 16th century. Its small berries have a hard, well-ventilated skin which allows Petit Manseng to resist grey rot. On the other hand, this variety is very sensitive to noble rot. This noble […]

Grape Variety : Bonarda

Bonarda is a red grape variety from Argentina. Bonarda wines are at first very fruity on the nose, with notes of black cherry compote, fresh blueberry, and plum. Then, they become more complex, giving aromas of violets, 5-spice, and peonies. Finally, depending on whether or not the wine was oaked (though most aren’t), they may […]

Hidden Gems : Cune Rioja Reserva

Blend of 85% Tempranillo and 15% Garnacha, this awesome Rioja from Spain, by bodega CVNE, shows a medium body with polished ripe tannins. Nose : Ripe raspberries, plum, vanilla, black cherries, and mushroom. Palate: Fig, raisin, dried blackberry, dried rose, parmesan cheese, cocoa and cedar. It’s not a complex wine but we are sure it […]

WINE LEGEND : Château Latour 2010, Grand Cru Classé

Blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc, this Grand Cru Classé Château Latour 2010 has a deep, almost black robe with youthful purple tints. The aromas of flowers such as roses, violets and lilacs jump from the glass then turn to dark berries such as blueberries and blackberries. It’s full-bodied, with […]

WINE STUDENT : Claire, WSET level2 Award

My name is Claire.  In 2019 I started my WSET level 1 wines at Eleanor Wine Academy, pre-Covid-19.  The quality of the course and the knowledge of Vittoria was part of the reason that I instantly signed up for Level 2 having passed the exam.  My other reason was the social aspect of the course, […]

WINE LEGEND : Champagne Bollinger 2012

Champagne Bollinger 2012 is quite dry on the palate with flavours of pear, apple and lots of minerals. Leaves a nice smooth after-taste with pear coming out stronger than other flavours. The 2012 is a generous, full-bodied vintage, supported by a beautiful vivacity. The grapes come from about twenty villages in Champagne, mainly Aÿ and Verzenay […]

HIDDEN GEMS : Louis M.Martini 2016

Our Hidden Gems of the week is a bottle of Louis M.Martini 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. This wine is remarkable for its distinctly layered wine with notes of ripe dark plum, black currant and sage. Rich and full-bodied, this superbly balanced wine has an expansive mid-palate and an exceptionally long finish. Its refined […]

VARIETY GRAPE : Semillon

Semillon is a white grape variety originating from the Gironde region and expresses itself on fruity and floral aromas. It is at the origin of the great white wines of the South-West. In France, Semillon is the main grape variety for the sweet wines of Bordeaux such as Sauternes, Barsac, Cadillac or Loupiac, the harvest […]