Visiting Gianfranco Soldera
In her Tuscany wine Journal FINE+RARE buyer Jess Bryans described meeting the great Gianfranco Soldera at Case Basse. Now, in this full-length article she recounts her visit with this winemaking icon in full detail - from touring the vines to a delicious Italian supper. By normal standards, every day should be good when you work in wine - you’ll ...
Soldera: The Wine Icon of Brunello di Montalcino
Origins… Gianfranco Soldera first and foremost was a wine lover. A man who in his youth would travel around Italy visiting his favourite wineries, most notably in Barolo. He was fascinated with Nebbiolo. In his mid-thirties he decided he would make his own wine and bought the neglected Case Basse property in 1972. This Tuscan winemaking enterprise was a bit of a compromise for ...
On the Hunt for a New Whisky at Gordon & MacPhail
Following the success of projects such as the Arbikie Highland Casks, we have been on the hunt for another one-of-a-kind whisky to add to our range. This search took us, naturally, to Scotland, a country synonymous with whisky, and the home of Gordon & MacPhail, the world-leading malt whisky specialist who have been selecting and bottling Single Malt Whisky for ...
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 ...
Why good value Burgundy still exists
With Burgundy 2014 En Primeur proving extremely popular, Camilla Bowler explains that bargains are still to be had - if you're willing to search. As long as you have a fair amount of money, plenty of time on your hands and sufficient patience, it is easy to buy good Burgundy. Follow the famous producers, build up your allocations, buy en primeur, ...
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