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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
2008 Fine Wine Horizontal: Cardinale fronts up to Mouton Rothschild, Vega Sicilia & Sine Qua Non
2008 Fine Wine Horizontal: Cardinale fronts up to Mouton Rothschild, Vega Sicilia & Sine Qua Non
On a recent visit to London celebrating the upcoming release of the 2015 Cardinale; Barbera Banke and Julia Jackson from Jackson Family Wines wanted to prove that their flagship Napa Valley wine - Cardinale deserves to sit alongside other more established iconic fine wines at a similar price point. It’s no mean feat going up against such historic estates as ...
ON October 11, 2018
Jessica Servet Portrait - Winemaker at Hegarty Chamans
Jessica Servet Portrait - Winemaker at Hegarty Chamans
Hegarty Chaman is a winery co-owned by Sir John Hegarty and his partner Phillipa Crane. Since purchasing the property in 2002 they have invested heavily into the vineyard and winery in order to produce some of the finest examples of red and white wines from the Minervois Appellation in the heart of Southern France. Once known for its gutsy rustic ...
ON November 8, 2018
Feel the Energy! – F+R visits the secluded vineyards of Hegarty Chamans
Feel the Energy! – F+R visits the secluded vineyards of Hegarty Chamans
Last week we visited a very special vineyard situated on the limits of the Minervois appellation yet completely secluded, surrounded by forests and lavender fields. The Hegarty Chamans property is a beguiling place and the moment you set foot on the property you sense the almost shamanic power this property holds, and was historically named after. Whilst the Languedoc ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON July 19, 2019
What to look out for this December
What to look out for this December
From the latest Brunello and Burgundy releases to a Canadian rye whiskey, there’s no shortage of exciting wines and spirits coming out this month – but here’s our pick of the best BRILLIANT BRUNELLO With all the excitement surrounding the releases of the straight Brunellos from 2016, December will see the 2015 Riservas share some of the limelight. Riservas are ...
BY FINE+RARE,
ON December 4, 2020
Market Report August 2012
Market Report August 2012
Strong August sales – Olympics or no Olympics While the latest industry reports from the CBI show lower than usual August trading figures in London, wine sales at FINE+RARE have bucked the trend with a significant increase on the equivalent period last year, suggesting that the fine wine market remains buoyant despite concerns in the wider economy. Bordeaux sales remain sluggish, especially ...
BY FINE+RARE,
ON September 4, 2012
The Spanish Renaissance - A Rediscovery of its Roots
The Spanish Renaissance - A Rediscovery of its Roots
This week we explore the renaissance taking place in Spain’s vineyards, as well as the struggles of its winemaking past. While there have been a handful of iconic and historic producers in Spain dating back to the nineteenth century, their continuity largely relied on their aristocratic connections, whilst the rest of the country wrestled with survival. We speak to one of the ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON May 6, 2020
The Lighthouse: In Search of Cuban Tobacco
The Lighthouse: In Search of Cuban Tobacco
Destination: Cuba; "the key to the Caribbean", nearly 110,000 km2 with a population of 11+ million. Target: The Cuban cigar. There are few places in the world that can match Cuba when it comes to growing cigar tobacco. The co-founders of Bloomsbury Atelier travelled to the largest island in the Caribbean to find out what makes it so well suited to this ...
ON May 3, 2019
2010 Burgundy Vintage Report
2010 Burgundy Vintage Report
Simon Davies, Head of Marketing at FINE+RARE, shares his thoughts on the 2010 Burgundy vintage following his trip to the region last week. The Vintage A week of tasting close to 300 wines across 19 different domains from Gevrey in the north of the Côte de Nuits to Givry in the Côte Chalonnaise has given me a very clear picture ...
BY FINE+RARE,
ON November 8, 2011
'Wine Anorak' Jamie Goode Meets Marco Simonit
'Wine Anorak' Jamie Goode Meets Marco Simonit
With the upcoming release of L’Età Più Bella (With Age comes Beauty) – the first collection of wines made exclusively from old vines managed by Marco Simonit – we thought who better to extrapolate the important elements behind Marco’s philosophy than celebrated wine writer and self-confessed 'wine anorak': Jamie Goode. Jamie explores Marco's rise to fame - from his formative ...
BY Jamie Goode,
ON July 13, 2020

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