The Latest – August 4th

The Latest – August 4th

There’s still time to take advantage of our summer sale offer of £199 instead of £297 for the VinGardeValise wine carrying suitcase. (UK delivery only). Sale ends August 31st when it will revert back to the normal price.

Following on Gary’s weekend in Oporto, I followed up with a sort of rest of the week in Oporto by extending the explorations into the hinterland of the Douro as well.

Gary, on the other hand has posted up his insight to the wines of Tuscany – an introduction to a fascinating region.

We continue to post up interesting wine news from around the web and you can view the three which we have posted up since my last issue of The Latest there.

I have posted up a couple of video interviews – one with Justin Knock MW of the independent wine merchant, Philglass and Swiggot, with his take on the UK wine retailing market and also with Dirk Niepoort in his den on the banks of the Douro river in Portugal, with his take on what makes Dirk Niepoort tick! I have also posted up my review on a re-visit to one of my favourite restaurants in the UK – Tyddyn Llan Restaurant with Rooms in North Wales. Go here to read all about them.

David has posted up a blog on new discoveries found at the recent Fenavin tasting in Catalunia, with more in the pipeline and part 3 of Kathleen’s History of wine, covering the Roman period, is now on the site.

Our Sancerre wine dinner at The Yacht was a rip roaring success, attending by 25 diners and I’ll be reporting on it in the near future.  We are hoping to set up some more vintner dinners and tastings during the autumn – watch this space.

For members, your next bunch of advanced updates for the 11th edition of the guide will be available on August 12th. Look out for it on

Sonia is preparing a delicious recipe for prawns with Venere black rice for members and this should be posted up next week.

In the meantime – happy drinking, happy eating and happy travelling




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