The Real Wine Fair 2013

The Real Wine Fair 2013

Domaine Cousin-Leduc, Olivier Cousin (Loire Valley. France) I am naturally drawn to a character such as Olivier Cousin and having met the man, my opinion has not wained. An amiable, free spirirted non conformist who is happy to stick two fingers up to convention and indeed the authorities in a just cause! A man who sold his […]

John’s Moment With Jancis Robinson

John Lees and Jancis Robinson

Last Monday evening saw the culmination of 2 years of hard work and my WSET Diploma graduation ceremony. Oh what joy! I am pictured here with the one and only Jancis Robinson, the world’s foremost wine guru and author of wine’s old & new testament combined: ‘The Oxford Companion to Wine‘. – John Lees AIWS – […]

Decanter Fine Wine Review 2011 – Landmark Hotel London

Philipponnat Non Dose Royale Reserve NV

I made my annual pilgrimage to London’s swanky Landmark Hotel to enjoy Decanter Magazine’s flagship tasting event of the year. This year, I managed to secure a ticket to the Krug Champagne masterclass, so it is safe to say that I was looking forward to the day with unbridled schoolboy excitement! All 8 of the Krug champagnes on […]

French Dinner at De Montfort Restaurant in Offenham, Evesham

We will be joining a Gastronomic Tour de France alongside wine expert and raconteur Philippe Boucheron on Saturday 12th November at the De Montfort Restaurant in Offenham, Evesham. You will enjoy no less than five wines that are of course all supplied by The Grape Store, alongside a four course dinner for a very reasonable £45 per […]

Feedback from the Stratford Upon Avon Food Festival

The food festival was a great success and from the wines on show the following proved the most popular: Chateau Ollieux Romanis – Alicante 2008 (red) – The Alicante grape is hard to find in France nowadays but Jacqueline Bories creates an intense wine which was a big hit. Made from hundred year old vines, […]