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Brilliant Barolo & Barbaresco

What a contrast to my visit here earlier in the year. Instead of snow-bound vines we found instead dusty, dry vineyards and smiling winemakers content with their crop!

But it was the 2016 vintage that Fine Wine Manager Shaun Kiernan and I had come to take a better look at and pretty promising it is looking too.

Sebastian Payne MW

Sebastian Payne MW
Society Buyer

  • date October 2017
  • location Piedmont
  • people Sebastian Payne MW

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Experience trips to other countries with our buying team

Portugal 2015

Douro top to toe

Digital analyst and keen wine student David Mitchell joins buyer Joanna Locke MW on a revelatory three-day tour of the Douro Valley.

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Burgundy 2016

Burgundy 2016

Assessing Burgundy

Freddy Bulmer joins buyer for Burgundy Toby Morrhall for the last leg of his trip to assess wines from the 2015 vintage. He shares his thoughts on tasting you Burgundy and why it holds more mystery for him than Bordeaux and introduces us to some of the growers he met.

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Blending Three Choirs

England 2016

Blending Three Choirs

English wines are increasingly valued by members and we are lucky enough to have exclusive blends from long-time producers, Three Choirs. So what better place to start learning about blending wines than on our own shores with some master blenders?

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Provence 2017

Provence 2017

Pursuing pinks: two days in Provence

Forget fedoras and linens, if you're on a buying trip to Provence in January, you'd better pack your woollies!

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