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Cask secrets: why Sherry butts are rarer than ever
Cask secrets: why Sherry butts are rarer than ever
We trace how Sherry casks came to be used for ageing Scotch whisky, and why they’re increasingly rare and sought-after There’s something unlikely about the pairing of Scotland and Andalusia – the fine single malts of Scotland’s craggy landscape being matured in barrels shipped from the warmth of Jerez, where orange trees line the streets. Together, however, the raw ...
BY Sophie Thorpe,
ON September 24, 2020
Finding Tempranillo’s true potential
Finding Tempranillo’s true potential
Bodegas Roda has always done things a bit differently in Rioja. Their prestige cuvée Cirsion is a perfect example, proving the top wines of the region don’t have to be dominated by oak Bodegas Roda has always strived to be a modern force in Rioja – not dictated by tradition and the region’s strict requirements when it comes to ageing. ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON July 8, 2021
One Big Wine Moment...A Bottle of Sherry Had Me Turned
One Big Wine Moment...A Bottle of Sherry Had Me Turned
It’s easy to drop into hyperbole from time to time and I am occasionally pulled up for it. It’s not often these days that I have a wine moment. After almost two decades of tasting and, even better, drinking fine wine the standards have got rather high. So high that I sometimes envy the novice, the young man or woman ...
ON July 30, 2014
The great Scotsman
The great Scotsman
After working as Master Blender for some of the biggest names in the industry, Andrew Rankin knows a thing or two about good whisky – and good casks. He tells Holly Motion why strong relationships and traditional values are far more important to him than being a whisky personality  The name Andrew Rankin might not mean much to the average whisky drinker. But mention him to the whisky world – the ...
BY Holly Motion,
ON November 25, 2021
FINE+RARE to represent UK in European Business Awards
FINE+RARE to represent UK in European Business Awards
FINE+RARE battled their way through the country-wide competition to be selected as one of 50 National Finalists; they are the only fine wine brokers selected and are representing the drinks trade alongside winery Bodegas Emilio Moro from Spain and Italy’s Fratelli Branca Distillerie. FINE+RARE is a fine wine broker where over 45,000 wines are valued, bought and sold at market rates to trade ...
BY FINE+RARE,
ON May 29, 2012
Roberto Cipresso: The Master of Marginal Winemaking
Roberto Cipresso: The Master of Marginal Winemaking
Roberto Cipresso is a winemaker with a reputation for extreme marginal winemaking; he is determined to push the boundaries of how and where it is possible to produce wine. We made his acquaintance after being introduced to him by the team at Venissa, the unique vineyard located in the Venetian lagoon. Venissa is just one of Roberto’s many winemaking consultancies, with ...
ON March 15, 2019
Five Wines With Architectural Grand Designs
Five Wines With Architectural Grand Designs
Beautiful wines deserve to be made in beautiful surroundings. Here are five of the wine world's greatest architectural gems... Museums, stadiums, opera houses: cutting-edge architecture is often associated with the entertainment sector. With its traditional chateaux and functional barrel rooms, the wine world may have long seemed pedestrian in comparison. This is no longer the case. We take a look ...
ON July 13, 2017
FINE+RARE Roundup: w/c 22 February 2016
FINE+RARE Roundup: w/c 22 February 2016
Our weekly roundup tells you what's been traded in week commencing 22 February 2016 and what to keep an eye out for in the coming weeks… What's Been Selling Big Hitters Good availability of interesting Domaine de la Romanée Conti surfaced and were picked off by collectors. Guado al Tasso captured the imagination this week, potentially inspired by the sad ...
ON February 26, 2016
The September Series: the 2021 edition unpacked
The September Series: the 2021 edition unpacked
September sees the latest vintages from some of the world’s top estates released via La Place de Bordeaux. Ahead of the 2021 releases, we run through the vintages and properties that you’ll want on your radar South America’s finest Argentina and Chile have rapidly become hotspots for fine wine. Offering high-altitude sites with glorious sunshine, and varied soils, it’s no ...
BY FINE+RARE,
ON August 25, 2021
The First Vertical Tasting of Cirsion Rioja by Roda
The First Vertical Tasting of Cirsion Rioja by Roda
Bodegas Roda, a winery based in the heart of traditional Rioja territory Haro, has been pushing boundaries for the region and its signature grape variety Tempranillo. Roda’s philosophy has always been focussed on mastering the essence of Tempranillo and its potential as a world class varietal. On a fascinating tasting through the Roda range with winemaker Agustin Santolaya and commercial ...
ON September 13, 2018
Fine+Rare 2013 Six-Month Report
Fine+Rare 2013 Six-Month Report
Key Releases and Events 2011 Burgundy: Demand for the 2011s wasn’t quite on a par with that for 2009 & 2010, despite many tasters rating them as superior to the former and only a notch behind the latter. These are “drinkers” wines as opposed to “collectors” wines, which will no doubt disappear from the market as bottles are opened. We were ...
ON July 18, 2013
Vega Sicilia: The Spanish Wine Icon
Vega Sicilia: The Spanish Wine Icon
Vega Sicilia is undoubtedly Spain’s most famous winery; a true icon in fine wine with a history dating back to 1864. Its success in retaining such a reputation, and in almost complete isolation in the Ribera del Duero region of Spain, is testament to the quality and consistency of its production, although its history has not been without its challenges. ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON May 6, 2020
What Winemakers are Drinking this Christmas 2018
What Winemakers are Drinking this Christmas 2018
Last week we shared our Christmas wine recommendations, but who knows best what to serve at the Christmas table, than those working on-the-ground in the vineyards, wineries and Chateaux? We spoke to some of our winemaking friends from around the world about what they will be drinking this festive season... Victor Charcan - **Bodegas Roda (Rioja, Spain)** I am the wine supplier ...
ON December 20, 2018

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