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FINE+RARE BLOG

24 April 2014 - + The FINE+RARE 'Four Decades of Barolo' Dinner

After our recent activity around 2010 Barolo, we thought we'd open a few bottles with some age on them at our wonderful FINE+RARE 'Four Decades of Barolo' dinner.
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16 April 2014 - + FINE+RARE Bordeaux First Growths Tour 2014

Our annual Bordeaux First Growths Trip was another truly memorable, highly decadent tour visiting Bordeaux's finest properties.
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07 April 2014 - + Bordeaux 2013: Twist or Stick?

Our buyers are back after a week of en primeur tasting in Bordeaux, read about their favourites and what we have planned for EP 2013.
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01 April 2014 - + The FINE+RARE Barolo Anteprima 2010

Read about one of the most exciting tastings that FINE+RARE has ever held: The Barolo Anteprima 2010
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28 February 2014 - + Barolo 2010: Brilliant Wines from the Most Exciting Wine Region in the World Today

Fresh from a trip to Piedmont last week, read our buyers report on Barolo 2010 and the producers and wines to look out for
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18 February 2014 - + Brezza Tasting: Barolo Sarmassa Vertical 2003-2010

A wonderful tasting of Brezza Barolo Sarmassa in the best way possible: a vertical from 2003 to 2010.
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31 January 2014 - + The Great Claret Tasting at Southwold - The 2010 Vintage

Our Director of Fine Wine, Joss Fowler, spent a few days tasting 233 reds, 19 dry whites and 25 Sauternes from the 2010 vintage at Southwold, along with several notable tasters.
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22 January 2014 - + Krug's New Release: An Irrefusable Invite For a Sneak Preview Part II

Our Director of Fine Wine, Joss Fowler, on the Krug tasting.
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20 January 2014 - + Krug's New Release: An Irrefusable Invite for a Sneak Preview

Our Director of Fine Wine, Joss Fowler was recently invited to Krug in anticipation of their new release.
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28 November 2013 - + Burgundy 2012: Vintage Report

A brief report of the 2012 vintage in Burgundy after our fourth and final trip of 2013.
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05 November 2013 - + Vintage Charts

A guest blog for 12x75.com by our Director of Fine Wine, Joss Fowler
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22 October 2013 - + Harvesting at Chateau Rauzan Segla 2013

One of our Account Managers, Charles Aspden, recently had an unforgettable experience helping out at the Rauzan Segla harvest.
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10 September 2013 - + A Telling Trip to Burgundy - The 2012 Vintage

A recent trip to Burgundy confirmed the expected - the 2012 vintage is one of exceptional quality but minute quantity.
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30 July 2013 - + An Invitation to Dom Pérignon

Our Private Clients Account Manager, Simon Brewster, recounts his recent decadent trip to Champagne, courtesy of Dom Pérignon
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29 July 2013 - The Top Picks from the Great Bordeaux 2010 Tasting, Singapore

Our Head of South East Asia, Ross Eva, summarises the highlights of the Great Bordeaux 2010 Tasting at the Conrad Centennial, Singapore
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18 July 2013 - FINE+RARE 2013 - Six-Month Report

A report detailing the last six-months of F+R business
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11 July 2013 - Burgundy 2012

A report into the progress in Burgundy after our Buyers' recent trip.
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03 June 2013 - Market Outlook June 2013

Our Buyer's monthly report on the Fine Wine market, including the outlook for the coming month.
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02 May 2013 - Market Outlook May 2013

Our Buyer's monthly report on the Fine Wine market, including the outlook for the coming month.
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29 April 2013 - Bordeaux First Growth Trip - Day Three

Day three of the exclusive First Growth trip and after two days of fine wine and brilliant cuisine, there were understandably a few groggy faces as we entered into our final day in Bordeaux...
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29 April 2013 - Bordeaux First Growth Trip - Day Two

Day two of the exclusive annual Bordeaux First Growth trip with visits to three of the First Growth Chateaux on the Left Bank - Ch. Margaux, Ch. Mouton Rothschild and Ch. Lafite Rothschild.
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26 April 2013 - Bordeaux First Growth Trip - Day One

Our Sales Director, Jamie Graham, and Ross Eva, of our Senior Private Client Sales Team, accompanied twelve of FINE+RARE's customers for our exclusive annual Bordeaux First Growth trip last month. Scheduled visits to some of the top Chateaux in the world proved to us that the magic in this grand region is still very much alive...
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18 April 2013 - A Mixed Vintage

Our Director of Fine Wine Joss Fowler presents his 2012 Vintage Report.
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05 April 2013 - Market Outlook April 2013

Our Buyer's monthly report on the Fine Wine market, including the outlook for the coming month.
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15 March 2013 - A Pomerol Evening with Neal Martin

Our Head of Fine Wine Joss Fowler reports back on a Pomerol evening with Neal Martin, at the brilliant Chez Bruce.
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11 March 2013 - Market Outlook March 2013

Our Buyer's monthly report on the Fine Wine market, including the outlook for the coming month.
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15 February 2013 - A rather special tasting and a 2012 heads up

Our Buying Director, Bud Cuchet, and Head of Fine Wine, Joss Fowler, spent a couple of days in Bordeaux last week, invited by Paul Pontallier of Château Margaux to taste the component parts of the 2012 vintage.
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01 February 2013 - Market Outlook February 2013

Our Buyer's monthly report on the Fine Wine market, including the outlook for the coming month.
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11 January 2013 - Market Outlook January 2013

Our Buyer's monthly report on the Fine Wine market, including the outlook for the coming year.
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19 December 2012 - 2011 Burgundy Vintage Report

Head of Fine Wine, Joss Fowler, and the rest of our Buying team have just returned from a hectic (and cold) week in Burgundy. The mission was twofold: firstly, to establish the quality of the 2011 vintage, much of which will be offered in January and secondly to sniff out some quality producers. They returned rather pleased on both counts.
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29 November 2012 - Market Outlook December 2012

Our Buyer's monthly report on the Fine Wine market, including the outlook for the coming month.
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16 November 2012 - UGC 2010 En Primeurs Tasting

Lucy Rothwell from our Sales Support team reports back on her experience of the UGC 2010 En Primeurs tasting earlier this week.
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14 November 2012 - A Week in the Far East

A fresh look at Far Eastern wine buyers by our Head of Fine Wine, Joss Fowler.
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02 November 2012 - Two Champagne Verticals

Last night a group of around 20 people from various parts of the wine trade, including our Fine Wine Buyer Camilla Bowler, were invited by LVMH to a blind tasting of Dom Perignon and Krug. They were given two flights of wine and told the following: one flight was Krug, one was Dom Perignon. Here are Camilla's thoughts on the tasting.
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30 October 2012 - Market Outlook November 2012

Our Buyer's third monthly report on the market including the outlook for the coming month.
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26 October 2012 - An Eye-Opening Tasting of Opus One

We were honoured to welcome David Pearson, CEO of Opus One, to our offices earlier this month and our boardroom was packed with staff keen to learn more about the property and, of course, to taste the wines. Joss Fowler, Head of Fine Wine, writes about this eye-opening experience.
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19 October 2012 - Chateau Coutet - When is it right to drink Sauternes?

When to drink a wine is always a difficult question and for sweet wines it becomes even more difficult than usual. Earlier this week we had the opportunity to try to answer this question with Aline Baly, the proprietor of Ch Coutet. Our Fine Wine Buyer, Camilla Bowler, reports back on her findings.
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17 October 2012 - 'Natural', Biodynamic, Organic - is tradition always best?

Lucy Rothwell from our Customer Services team muses on the differences between Natural, Organic and Biodynamic wines.
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09 October 2012 - A couple of days in Bordeaux

Our Buying Director, Bud Cuchet, and new Head of Fine Wine, Joss Fowler, spent a couple of days in Bordeaux last week – the first time that either of them have visited Bordeaux during the harvest despite nearly forty years in the trade between them. The aim was twofold: to see the 2012 crop coming in and to retaste a few 2011s and 2010s.
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02 October 2012 - Market Report September 2012

Our second monthly report on the market including a weather update and journalist summaries.
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28 September 2012 - It’s high time to befriend Madeira

Following a recent trip to Maderia, Lucy Rothwell from our Customer Services team discusses the merits of Madeira and how its return to the limelight is long overdue.
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10 September 2012 - Fifty Shades of Sherry

An increase in demand for Sherry indicates that the wines are undergoing a renaissance in popularity. In our latest blog post, Charlie Foley from our Portfolio Management team discusses why he thinks there is a surge in interest.
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04 September 2012 - Market Report August 2012

The first of our monthly reports on the market including a weather update and journalist summaries.
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22 August 2012 - Olympic riposte - a 2016 twin centre

Jancis Robinson has just launched a writing competition about Olympic Fantasy to win a bottle of luxurious Pol Roger, Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill 1999 champagne. The first entry on her website was submitted by our very own Charlie Foley, which you can read here. The competition closes 31 August. Fingers crossed for Charlie!
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16 August 2012 - Diary of a 2012 Champagne Academy alumnus Day Six

The final day of our Events Manager, Amanda Baxter's trip of a lifetime to Champagne for the 2012 Champagne Academy. Did she pass?
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15 August 2012 - FINE+RARE announced as National Business Award Finalist

FINE+RARE has been shortlisted for the Blackberry Growth Strategy Award at this year’s Orange National Business Awards. Graham Sumeray, CEO, will face a Dragon’s Den-style interview with a panel of judges and the winner will then be revealed at the Awards Dinner in London on 13th November 2012.
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14 August 2012 - Diary of a 2012 Champagne Academy alumnus Day Five

Day five of our Events Manager, Amanda Baxter's trip of a lifetime to Champagne for the 2012 Champagne Academy.
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13 August 2012 - Diary of a 2012 Champagne Academy alumnus Day Four

Day four of our Events Manager, Amanda Baxter's trip of a lifetime to Champagne for the 2012 Champagne Academy.
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08 August 2012 - Diary of a 2012 Champagne Academy alumnus Day Three

Day three of our Events Manager, Amanda Baxter's trip of a lifetime to Champagne for the 2012 Champagne Academy.
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07 August 2012 - Diary of a 2012 Champagne Academy Alumnus Day Two

Day two of our Events Manager, Amanda Baxter's trip of a lifetime to Champagne for the 2012 Champagne Academy.
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06 August 2012 - Diary of a 2012 Champagne Academy alumnus: Day One

This spectacular opportunity, offered to just 16 candidates nominated by the member champagne houses each year since 1956, would see us visit 16 grandes marques, taste more than 100 wines and eat more food than you would in a month. It also involved five lectures, five written exams, two blind tasting exams and 15 new friends. This… is Champagne Academy.
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02 August 2012 - Why good value Burgundy still exists

Good value Burgundy will not come to you, which means that you have to find the wines. This takes some time and effort, and probably a fair amount of driving around the Cote d’Or. Camilla Bowler, our Fine Wine Buyer, explains why the rewards, though, are well worth it.
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20 July 2012 - Notification on possible disruptions during 2012 London Olympics

Information on possible disruptions during the Olympics.
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27 July 2012 - A sneak peak at 2011 Burgundy (and a bit about 2012 too)

July ought not to be a great time to taste a new vintage from Burgundy, but this year it was at once both a brilliant and a rather difficult time to visit - for quite different reasons. Our Buying team updates us on their recent trip to Burgundy for a sneak peak at the 2011 vintage.
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09 July 2012 - FINE+RARE's achievement in The Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200

FINE+RARE has, for the first time, been included in The Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 which lists the top 200 mid-market private companies with the fastest-growing international sales over the last two years.
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05 July 2012 - Decanter’s Great Bordeaux Fine Wine Encounter

Two weeks ago, Lois Dufouleur from our Private Client Sales team attended Decanter’s Great Bordeaux Fine Wine Encounter at The Landmark Hotel in London. He has selected 4 of his favourite wines from 2006-2009, which he believes are drinking very well.
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25 June 2012 - 299 Points Wines

It's not often that you get the opportunity to taste 299 points of wines in one sitting, but last Thursday we got to do just that. Dimitri Mesnard, from Jackson Wine Estates, dropped into our offices to present Verité's spectacular 2008s, along with 2008 Lokoya, 2008 Cardinale and chief winemaker, Pierre Siellan's wines from Chateau Lassegue in St Emillon and Tenuta di Arceno Arcanum from Tuscany.
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15 June 2012 - Our old friends Vergelegen drop into FINE+RARE for a tasting

The inimitable Andre Van Rensberg made his regular visit to FINE+RARE today to present his range of spectacular, and very atypical, wines to the team in his usual candid way. Always entertaining in personality, always exceptional wines.
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29 May 2012 - FINE+RARE to represent UK in European Business Awards

The European Business Awards (www.businessawardseurope.com) has announced today (Tuesday 29th May 2012) that FINE+RARE Wines has been selected as a National Finalist in the prestigious 2012/13 European Business Awards programme.
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14 May 2012 - Bedini in California

Having just returned from California, Mark Bedini (Founder and Executive Chairman) shares his adventures in Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley including incredible visits to Vérité and Harlan Estate.
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04 May 2012 - “Let the big guns roar” www.kanonkop.co.za

Following his recent trip to South Africa for his wedding last month, Garrick Whittaker from our Private Client Sales team, talks about the magnificent 1998 vintage and the elusive 1998 Kanonkop Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Wine.
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01 May 2012 - New Zealand's Wine Identity

Most wine regions have a very clear varietal identity. However one country which is still finding its way is New Zealand. Of course it is renowned for producing Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, but what about the nine other key regions across the North and South Islands? Alexandra Howard, from our Marketing team, has just returned from New Zealand and shares her thoughts on the country's search for their wine identity.
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20 April 2012 - 2011 Bordeaux: What a difference a fortnight makes

Returning to Bordeaux two weeks after our initial tastings, Simon Davies reflect on the eye opening experience of retasting the 2011 vintage.
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19 April 2012 - 2011 Bordeaux: Great News for Lafite Lovers

Simon Davies, Head of Marketing at FINE+RARE, reports back from his most recent tasting of 2011 Lafite Rothschild in Bordeaux.
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19 April 2012 - 2011 Bordeaux: An Uncertain Start

Bordeaux 2011 has gone off ahead of Robert Parker's usual starting gun with Lafite unexpectedly leading the way (we are still confirming our allocations). Here are our thoughts on the uncertain start to this year's en Primeur campaign.
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11 April 2012 - 2011 Bordeaux - Vintage Report

Having just returned from Bordeaux after tasting the 2011 En Primeurs, Simon Davies, Head of Marketing at FINE+RARE, shares his thoughts on the vintage.
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26 March 2012 - Chambolle Musigny Combe d'Orveaux: Taupenot-Merme: A Rose by any other name...

Simon Davies, Head of Marketing at FINE+RARE, shares a great insider secret for all Burgundy collectors.
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20 March 2012 - Bordeaux Wine Tour Report March 2012 (Day 1)

In early March 2012, FINE+RARE's Sales Director Jamie Graham, Events Manager Amanda Baxter and a small group of our customers embarked on our annual tour of Bordeaux. Amanda Baxter updates us on Day 1 of their trip.
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20 March 2012 - Bordeaux Wine Tour Report March 2012 (Day 2)

In early March 2012, FINE+RARE's Sales Director Jamie Graham, Events Manager Amanda Baxter and a small group of our customers embarked on our annual tour of Bordeaux. Amanda Baxter updates us on Day 2 of their trip.
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20 March 2012 - Bordeaux Wine Tour Report March 2012 (Day 3)

In early March 2012, FINE+RARE's Sales Director Jamie Graham, Events Manager Amanda Baxter and a small group of our customers embarked on our annual tour of Bordeaux. Amanda Baxter updates us on Day 3 of their trip.
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28 February 2012 - Assessing the blend: 2011 Chateau Margaux

In early Feb 2012 Simon Davies was privileged to be invited to Chateau Margaux to taste the individual component parts of the Grand Vin.
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21 February 2012 - Mark Bedini Interviewed by 12x75.com

FINE+RARE laid bare: Leading fine wine blog 12x75 invited Mark Bedini, co-founder and Executive Chairman, to discuss many aspects about the past, present and future of FINE+RARE. Including what it was like to meet HM the Queen.
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08 November 2011 - 2010 Burgundy Vintage Report

Our thoughts on the 2010 Burgundy vintage following a trip to the region last week.
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28 October 2011 - The Annual Clos Vougeot Tasting : Presenting 2009

On Thursday 27th October wine journalists and the FINE+RARE team gathered for a very special event: 57 domains, one vineyard, one vintage, tasted blind.
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13 October 2011 - Le Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche

Our thoughts on Le Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche following a spectacular lunch hosted by winemaker, Veronique Drouhin.
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27 September 2011 - Domaine Romanée-Conti: Rare & Exceptional

Domaine Romanée-Conti (DRC) is the exemplary Burgundian wine producer. Its 25 ha of Grand Cru vineyards cluster around the village of Vosne Romanée with part of the proprietorship including two of Burgundy’s greatest monopoles, La Tache and Romanée Conti. In this article we present a closer look at the Domaine's wines and their recent performance.
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23 September 2011 - 2010 Burgundy: A few early thoughts

Simon Davies, Head of Marketing at FINE+RARE, shares his musings on 2010 Burgundy post his trip to Domaine Chanson.
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