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Christian Patat Interview
Christian Patat is one of Italy’s busiest and most successful vignerons working with his wife at top Friuli estate, Ronco del Gnemiz, as well as working with Enzo Pontoni, vigneron extraordinaire at the legendary Miani estate. He also works as a consultant winemaker for many properties producing wines from all over Italy. Most recently he has been involved in the “Old Vines Project” ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON February 19, 2020
Barolo 2016 -Early Vintage Insight
It was about this time last year we bumped into Giovanni Angeli, winemaker of one of Barolo’s top producers – Massolino. He was over in London to promote his latest 2015 releases. Despite the positivity surrounding the ‘15s, Giovanni just couldn’t contain his excitement about the vintage that was to follow. At this time, the wines were still ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON January 16, 2020
Domaine Georges Lignier - 2018 Vintage Update
Domaine Georges Lignier has some of the most enviable Grand Cru sites in Burgundy with significant holdings in Clos de la Roche, Clos St Denis and Bonnes Mares. Based in the village of Morey St Denis, the domaine is today run by the ever-thoughtful Benoit Stehly, the great grandson of Georges Lignier, who has been in charge of the property since 2007. It ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON January 8, 2020
Producer Portrait: Domaine Potinet-Ampeau
One of our most memorable visits and tastings this year was in Monthelie at the historic cellars of Domaine Potinet Ampeau. Ever since trying a collection of their aged whites a couple of years ago I’ve been captivated by the pristine quality and structure of their very mature white wines. This autumn we were finally able to discover the cellars ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON January 2, 2020
Q+A with Matt Abé - Chef de Cuisine, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay
We found a moment to quiz Matt Abé award-winning Chef de Cuisine at Gordon Ramsay about the inspiration behind the unique menu curated for the recent Chateau Margaux event, the importance wine plays at the restaurant and his close working partnership with Head Sommelier James Lloyd.  What is particular about Bordeaux wines that most affects pairing food with them? ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON December 19, 2019
Top Wines + Spirits of 2019: FINE+RARE Staff Picks
This year the team at FINE+RARE encountered some astonishing bottles on our quest to source the finest wines and spirits from around the world. We asked our colleagues to highlight some of their favourites from 2019... Corentin Margier – Head of Buying Unicorn Wine/Spirit of the Year (something you are unlikely to taste/ experience again): Clos Vougeot 1937, Maison Leroy The ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON December 18, 2019
The Glory Years of Chateau Margaux at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay
Last weekend FINE+RARE hosted a very special wine tasting dinner alongside Alexandra Petit-Mentzelopoulos of Chateau Margaux. An introduction to the history and unique philosophy of this legendary estate was presented alongside a specially curated tasting menu from top chef Matt Abé - Chef de Cuisine at the three Michelin star flagship restaurant in Chelsea. A cold, rainy Saturday evening in December; Christmas around ...
BY Craig Norton,
ON December 18, 2019
Q+A with James Lloyd - Head Sommelier, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay
Following our F+R event last Saturday we caught up with Head Sommelier at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay – James Lloyd. We talk to him about the challenges and rewards associated with working as Head Sommelier in one of the world’s most acclaimed dining venues. What is the preferred part of your role as Head Sommelier at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay? James Lloyd: There ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON December 18, 2019
Domaine Hudelot Noellat - Top picks of 2018
Our visit to Domaine Hudelot Noellat during our autumn stint in Burgundy was easily one of the highlights of the trip. Expectations were already high since Charles Van Canneyt (winemaker at the domaine) has been on a roll, producing fantastic wines at this property since taking over from his uncle in 2008. Whilst Charles prefers the cooler vintages in Burgundy, ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON December 6, 2019
Nicolas Champagneux - Producer Portrait
Nicolas has lived and breathed Cote Rotie since he was a boy, working alongside his uncle in the vineyards and winery, and in the summers with his father at Guigal. Following his uncle's passing, Nicolas inherited one of the most prime vineyards in the highly revered lieu-dit of “Les Grandes Places” in the Cote Brune of Cote Rotie. Previously these ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON November 6, 2019
F+R Sponsor's Venice Hospitality Challenge
Last weekend F+R were one of the proud sponsors of the Venice Hospitality Challenge, a yacht race that takes place around the island of Venice. It is an incredible spectacle in which racing yachts, with a minimum length of 60 feet, take part in an around the city boat race. It has been dubbed the Grand Prix of Venice and ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON November 1, 2019
Joseph Colin - The new Domaine on the Cote de Beaune Block
The family name Colin is a hard one to escape in the Cote de Beaune, with a handful of prolific producers dotted around Saint Aubin, Puligny and Chassagne Montrachet all sharing the name. Consumers could be forgiven for getting a little confused over which one is which! We caught up with Joseph Colin, the newest Colin to go solo, following ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON October 28, 2019
Roberto Voerzio hosts Fine+Rare Event at Luca Restaurant
Roberto is such a calm and measured man, but even he could not hide his excitement over his latest 2019 vintage as he arrived in London buoyed by the latest harvest. Fortunately we managed to tear him away from his latest batch of fermenting wines for a flying 24 hour visit to host a special event presenting some of the ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON October 25, 2019
Interview with Craig Wessels - Restless River
F+R: You started producing wines from 2005 – did you buy a developed vineyard or did you start from scratch? Craig Wessels: We started with about 5 hectares of 5-year-old vineyards that had been planted in 1999, prior to our purchase of the farm in 2004.  The vines were a bit neglected and some were later removed and replanted. F+R: ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON October 25, 2019
Argentina's Finest Wines
F+R: You have travelled all over the world visiting vineyards – where have been the most inspirational places you have visited and why? Edgardo del Popolo: I enjoy travelling and meeting people (especially those who do the same as I do) and I like a vast array of places with their particularities. But what I really think makes a difference ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON October 18, 2019
Nicolas Potel on Roche de Bellene 2018
“2018 is the best vintage I have ever made… What I love about the 2018s is the shock every time I taste it… It is a vintage I have been dreaming about for many years”. Nicolas Potel Nicolas grew up in Burgundy, learning his skills as a vigneron under the guidance of his father, the highly respected Gerard Potel at ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON October 11, 2019
Michel Chapoutier: F+R Interview
F+R: It seems that top winemakers at some point in their career had to take risks to achieve their goals in producing fine wines. Looking back over your career what were those big risks and what were your feelings at the time? Michel Chapoutier: There are risks in attempting to attain quality, that is to say when we go from ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON September 26, 2019
Blankbottle & Keermont visit F+R
Keermont Estate‘s wines are made entirely from their own vineyards in the Helderberg and Stellenbosch mountains producing predominantly Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot red blends and premium Chenin Blanc. Blankbottle in contrast source their grapes from remote vineyards all over the Cape, applying ad hoc creative winemaking approaches as necessity dictates. Blankbottle produces up to 47 different cuvees in ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON September 19, 2019
Roberto Voerzio - "Throw Away The Rulebook"
F+R visits the radical winemaker of Barolo Radical Viticulture – Bringing Forward the Harvest Date In the vineyard Roberto Voerzio harvests his grapes up to a month earlier than his neighbours! For Roberto, the autumn fog, cold weather and rain is to be avoided at all costs believing this results in a loss of power and fruit purity. In order ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON September 19, 2019
Paul Pernot 2018
Domaine Paul Pernot in Burgundy terms is a fairly large Estate with a total of 20 hectares under vine and is the largest owner of Puligny Montrachet vines second only to Domaine Leflaive with 15 hectares in total. When it comes to Puligny-Montrachet, Jasper Morris MW reports in “Inside Burgundy”- Domaine Paul Pernot “could be the outstanding domaine of that ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON September 17, 2019
Samuel Billaud - Chablis' Rising Star
Chablis has seen a real renaissance the last few years, with critics such as Neal Martin stating, Chablis “articulates terroir with greater transparency than any other wine region”. He goes on to say “… in talented hands Chablis can satisfy both the senses and the intellect…the finest Chablis wines are uncompromising, challenging and cerebral.” In the same article Neal Martin ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON September 13, 2019
Daniel Landi: Grenache growing pioneer of the Sierra de Gredos
Just smelling, let alone tasting, the wines from Daniel Landi, you immediately know you are in some very capable hands. Looking at the pale ruby colour you might be surprised that this wine is 100% Grenache. This earthy, terroir-driven, mineral style Grenache has been described as “the Pinot Noir of the South”, providing amazing flavour complexity, intensity and persistence on ...
ON May 30, 2019
Interview with Nicolas Audebert – Chief Winemaker at Chateau Rauzan Segla, Chateau Canon and Chateau Berliquet
The Rauzan Segla 2018 has been met with rave reviews. At what point did you feel you had made a special wine? It is a long process in a technician's mind as the picture of the vintage is getting clearer and clearer from the picking to the “dégustations d’assemblage” (blending tastings).  Each vintage gives me a particular emotion, the ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON May 24, 2019
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
Meet The Makers: Bloomsbury Atelier
Meet the Bloomsbury Atelier Co-Founders. Sculptor-turned-Distiller Alan McQuillan and Architect-turned-Industrialist Benjamin Harriman met through exhibiting and practising their respective arts in Bloomsbury, London. It was their common passion for unique materials that reflect the cultures of the world, and the people that define them, which kick-started their working relationship. We sat down with Alan to discuss what inspires and influences ...
ON May 3, 2019
Napa Valley Heritage: Talking Tradition + Terroir with David Beckstoffer
With over 50 fine wines designated as originating entirely from Beckstoffer Heritage Vineyards – the Beckstoffer family has been at the forefront of fine wine production in Napa since they bought up and nurtured some of Napa’s finest terroir from the early 1970s onwards. Heritage vineyard sites such as To Kalon which Beckstoffer bought from Beaulieu Vineyards in 1993 is ...
ON April 26, 2019
Venusa: The New Artisanal beer from the amazing Venissa Heritage Project
Venusa artisanal beer is the latest release from the talented craftsmen at Venissa who, thanks to a combination of biological expertise and historical investigation, have created a beer that uniquely represents the flora and fauna of the Venetian islands, as well as rekindling the lost agricultural traditions that made Venice the thriving mercantile centre of Europe during the Renaissance. Venusa ...
ON April 18, 2019
AndAgain Pop-Up Atelier Arrives at HOME Hong Kong
In celebration of Hong Kong Art Week and the vibrant creative energy that transforms the city throughout March, FINE+RARE is playing host to an exclusive fashion event at HOME Hong Kong, from Friday 29th - Sunday 31st of March 2019. For three days only, NYC based apparel brand andagain will be in residence, showcasing their latest capsule collection of bespoke, sustainably focused designs. Described ...
ON March 20, 2019
Domaine Georges Lignier's Benoit Stehly's visits F+R
Benoit has had complete control at Domaine Georges Lignier since 2007 after taking over from his uncle. He had been working on the family estate since he was a kid, helping out at harvest and during bottling in the summer holidays. Only after his studies in 1999 did he join the domaine full time . It took a few years ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON January 25, 2019
Wines from Syria – Making Wine on the Frontline
On my recent trip to Lebanon this winter I was introduced to wines from a fully operational winery in Syria. With the utterly devastating and continuing civil war in Syria over the last 7 years, initially I thought it couldn’t be possible that such a thing could exist. On tasting the wines at an artisan market in Beirut I was also ...
ON January 25, 2019
Bon Fond: Exploring French Gastronomic Culture
BON FOND Adjective To be good at heart: colloquial expression meaning that someone is a good soul. Noun Good stock: delicious bouillon made with farm-fresh ingredients. Solid base: you need a strong foundation to build a sturdy house; or, in our language, a good stock to cook a great sauce. Meet Eric and Lise. Two chefs on a journey to discover the abundance ...
ON December 6, 2018
The Definitive Vertical tasting of Hermitage with Jean-Louis Chave
Spending an evening with Jean Louis Chave to taste through 31 vintages of his Hermitage has to be one of the most memorable wine experiences of my life. Not only was it a fascinating journey through the ages, but the consistency and condition of the wines spanning 70 years was extraordinary. There were two off bottles in the entire line ...
ON November 23, 2018
Carlo Ferrini tells F+R about making Giodo on Mount Etna
Carlo is one of the most famous winemakers in Italy largely due to his extensive work researching the many clones of Sangiovese. He is also the winemaking consultant for many of the top wineries in Italy including the likes of Castello di Neri, Fonterutoli, Brancaia, Romitorio, Talenti (and many more). We first met Carlo Ferrini in Brunello di Montalcino last year ...
ON November 23, 2018
2018 Truffle Season - In conversation with Renzo Cardelli
In the last few vintages in Piedmont it has been incredibly hot during the autumn months which has not been good news for the truffle season. In 2015, '16 and '17 white truffles were incredibly rare in the region and the prices went through the roof. Thankfully 2018 has seen a return to more normal weather producing high quality of truffles, as well as ...
ON November 9, 2018
Uncovering ancient treasures in Frapin's Paradis Cellar
This summer FINE+RARE travelled to Cognac to attend the 11th edition of the “Les Parts des Anges” Cognac auction. This auction takes place every two years and is one of the true society highlights in the Cognac region. All the major Cognac houses contribute unique releases to the auction, with all the proceeds going to charity. This year the auction raised a staggering ...
ON November 9, 2018
The Wine Advocate's William Kelley Shares his Burgundy 2017 Early Insights
In anticipation of the imminent Burgundy 2017s hitting the market, the F+R team have been eager to get first impressions of the vintage from some of the world's leading experts on the region. In a series of interviews with producers and critics alike, we caught up with the Wine Advocate's Burgundy reviewer William Kelley, after his recent visit to the ...
ON September 20, 2018
F+R Sommelier Series: Q+A with Louise Gordon of Heckfield Place
This month we were lucky enough to catch up with the enigmatic and incredibly busy Louise Gordon as she prepares for the highly-anticipated launch of Hampshire's Heckfield Place... Q. What set you on the path to becoming a sommelier A. It was a total accident. When I was 19 I went to work for a company with a wine warehouse ...
ON September 6, 2018
In the Studio with Bill Amberg
For our new HOME in Hong Kong, FINE+RARE has collaborated with one of the most respected names in British leather craft, Bill Amberg. An industry leader in bespoke leather products, interiors and furniture, his work can be found gracing British institutions including the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Royal Academy of Arts, Selfridges, Claridge’s Hotel and The Savoy, to name ...
ON August 29, 2018
In Conversation with: Bloomsbury Distillery
Bloomsbury was historically the home of many of London’s distilleries dating back to the 18th century. This included the original Gin establishments of Gordons and Tanqueray, before they moved out of the City in modern times. Hogarth’s famous “Gin Lane” painting, awash with drunken mothers and anaemic alcoholics, was an image supposedly inspired by Bloomsbury life in the 1700s. Whilst ...
ON August 22, 2018
A New Era for Domaine Billaud-Simon
In 2014 Domaine Faiveley acquired one of the best-known names in Chablis, Domaine Billaud-Simon, amassing around 20 hectares of vineyards in some of the best terroirs in the region. During the takeover, Olivier Bailly stepped in as winemaker taking charge of winemaking from the 2014 vintage and gaining full viticultural control from 2015. Olivier has had some great experience both ...
ON August 2, 2018
Domaine Michel Gaunoux: Burgundy's Best Kept Secret
It has taken FINE+RARE many years to build a relationship with Domaine Michel Gaunoux but it has been well worth the effort, as the wines are spectacularly good. Deep and rich in style, they are textbook examples of red Burgundy - in terms of balance, concentration and finesse they are rivalled by very few in the Cote. They capture the ...
ON July 25, 2018
Emeline Borie Introduces a Progressive New Approach in Pauillac
Emeline Borie has big shoes to fill as she takes on her newest role as the President of Pauillac. Emeline was elected in October of last year, taking over from the larger-than-life Jean Michel Cazes, the owner of Chateau Lynch Bages. Emeline however is no stranger to Pauillac, having been born and raised at Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste, one of ...
ON July 12, 2018
Portraits: Meet the Wine Advocate's Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Part II
Part II of our exclusive interview with Lisa Perrotti-Brown, the Wine Advocate's Editor-in-Chef and Reviewer for Bordeaux, Napa Valley, Sonoma County & Oregon... Q. Can you outline your approach to a wine when reviewing it? Tasting wine for reviews can be considered a two-part process. The first part is linked to natural ability: Your ability to detect aroma and flavor compounds ...
ON July 6, 2018
Portraits: Meet the Wine Advocate's Lisa Perrotti-Brown
Fresh from the Bordeaux 2017 En-Primeur tastings, we caught up with Lisa Perrotti-Brown after her first campaign as Bordeaux writer for the Wine Advocate and the responsibilities that brings. The Wine Advocate still remains a key influencer in terms of wine review and what they write will have huge repercussions on the success of the vintage as a whole as ...
ON June 28, 2018
DOMAINE ANNE GROS
Click here to view the current selection of Domaine Anne Gros at FINE+RARE. The 'Fille de François Gros' 30 years on... Now one of the most respected vignerons in the Côte de Nuits, the 2017 vintage marked Anne Gros' thirtieth year at the helm of the family estate. When Gros succeeded her father in 1988 the domaine covered three hectares. Since then it ...
ON June 1, 2018
Tesseron: Master Blender of Ancient Cognac
Tesseron specialise in very old Cognac: XO and beyond Abel Tesseron created Maison Tesseron Cognac House in 1905 and immediately went to work sourcing the finest and oldest eau-de-vie he could find. The idea was simple: to be able to offer fine, rare and very old cognac to the people of the world. For decades Tesseron distilled, aged and ...
ON May 25, 2018
Roberto Voerzio – A modernist in the vineyard a traditionalist in the cellar
** ** Does Voerzio epitomise 'Fusionist' winemaking gripping Barolo? Famed for his unique style, miniscule yields and fanatical attention to detail, Roberto Voerzio is a must-have producer for any serious fine wine collector. With only 22 hectares under vine and extremely limited production on these plants (restricted down to 5 bunches per vine), these wines are some of the rarest in ...
ON May 4, 2018
Denis Dubourdieu: Decanter Man of the Year 2016
We profile Decanter Man of the Year 2016 and Bordeaux legend Denis Dubourdieu… The first half of 2016 has been a tumultuous one for Denis Dubourdieu, bidding farewell to Paul Pontallier – friend and godfather to his son Jean-Jacques – as well as stoically battling with illness himself. However, it has also seen recognition of the professor from Barsac’s substantial ...
ON May 6, 2016
Fine Wine Epiphany
FINE+RARE asked eminent experts within the wine trade if they remember the wine moment that changed everything. From accidental finds to unexpected recommendations, these are their fine wine epiphanies...  Do you remember the fine wine that changed everything for you? That eureka moment that catapulted wine to a whole new level? At FINE+RARE we call that a Fine Wine Epiphany. ...
ON February 25, 2016
Leroy: Visiting a Living Legend
Last week the FINE+RARE team visited Lalou Bize-Leroy for our annual tasting of her latest releases. Buyer Jessica Bryans describes the quality, the history and the surreal - practically religious - experience... What can you say about such a legendary producer? Leroy: "Absolute Perfection" The critical acclaim for Lalou Bize-Leroy's domain speaks for itself: "Lalou Bize-Leroy stands virtually alone at ...
ON February 11, 2016

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