America's Golden State is famed for rich, ripe, fruit-laden wines.
The sunshine state of California is the most important wine region in North America and was the first 'New World' region to be recognised internationally as a source of top-quality wines.
Ever since Steven Spurrier's famous Judgement of Paris in the 1970s, the wine world has held the fine wines of California in the same regard as the very best examples from Bordeaux and Burgundy
Today, California produces some of the world’s greatest Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot and Zinfandel wines, often from small, family-owned wineries in vineyard areas cooled by Pacific breezes.
Charles Heidsieck is one of the great names of Champagne and produces some of the finest of all champagnes. Based in Reims, it is the smallest of the Grandes Marques champagne Houses and is best-known for both vintage and non-vintage Champagnes.
Founded in 1851 by Charles-Camille Heidsieck, the original 'Champagne Charlie', the foundation of its modern fame rests on the unrivalled quality of its wines, which receive countless awards and accolades year after year.
This success is attributable to the strength and depth of their winemaking team over the past three decades: Daniel Thibault, Régis Camus, Thierry Roset and Cyril Brun have between them been awarded 'Sparkling Winemaker of the Year' at the International Wine Challenge 16 times. No other house has won more than twice.
The GAJA family has been growing vines and making wines for five generations and today they continue a tradition that started in 1859 in Piedmont.
Each generation nurtures the dreams and vision of the previous generation and builds and innovates for the next. The hugely charismatic family are respected worldwide and are driven to produce only the very best quality through an exacting attention to detail.
Angelo Gaja has single-handedly established Barbaresco as one of the great appellations of the world and the new generation led by Gaia is determined to continue the legacy.
The wines speak for themselves; Elegant, opulent and true to their origins.
Pronounced "Dovey" the Dyfi Distillery is a small, multi-award-winning premium Welsh gin producer that uses wild foraged botanicals from within the UNESCO Biosphere of Dyfi.
Pete Cameron is a hill farmer, forager, and beekeeper who moved to the area 35 years ago to study biology and botany. His brother, Danny Cameron, is a highly experienced wine and spirits professional, and a regular judge at the prestigious Decanter World Wine Awards.
In 2017, the Dyfi Pollination Gin won the Best British Gin trophy at the Great British Food awards, and Dyfi Hibernation Gin was awarded Best New Gin by The Independent newspaper. In 2018, Dyfi Original Gin again took the Best British Gin trophy, making Dyfi the only distillery to win this award for a second time.
These are truly remarkable gins that quite rightly deserve the high praise and recognition they are now garnering...a must try!
Benromach is a traditional Speyside distillery owned by a family of whisky-lovers intent on making single malt the right way with true character.
They keep things simple. A handful of distillers relying entirely on their expertise and senses to make the finest handmade whisky; Speyside single malt matured exclusively in first-fill casks, with a subtly smoky character. It takes just four ingredients – barley, water, yeast and a human touch.
All casks are hand-filled, individually weighed, stencilled by hand and stowed in the traditional dunnage warehouses. Why? Because at Benromach they believe making whisky by hand guarantees genuine character.
Award winning single Speyside Malt Whisky...
Distinctive and consistently recognisable, Penfolds showcases a collection of benchmark wines, established in a spirit of innovation and the constant and endless pursuit of quality. Penfolds' superb Grange is Australia's most famous wine, created by the late and legendary Max Schubert, and through this single masterpiece Penfolds itself has become a living legend. Grange apart, Penfolds produce a family of fine wines, each with a distinct character, quality and provenance. The wines in The Penfolds Collection enjoy a remarkable heritage and evolution, reflecting the extraordinary energy and vision of the Penfolds winemakers. This family of fine wines display the distinctive and recognisable Penfolds ‘House Style’, making wines to style and pursuing the highest of quality benchmarks.
Biodynamic wine production is an approach to winemaking based upon the work of Austrian philosopher Rudolph Steiner. In addition to organic practices biodynamic farmers also consider the positioning and rhythmic influences of the sun, moon, planets and stars as guides for when to prune their vines, plant new vines or pick the fruit.
For winemakers the key principle of biodynamic wine production is totally logical. It makes no sense to extol the virtues on the geology of a vineyard, the unique aspects of its soil (its ‘terroir’) and what that imparts to the wine, if that soil is then totally transformed by a mixture of chemicals, herbicides and fertilisers. Healthy soil dictates healthy vines and experience has shown that biodynamic practices give rise to greater purity and precision in the resulting wines.
For those who adopt a Vegetarian or Veganism lifestyle, choosing a bottle of wine as your preferred liquid refreshment may not be as straightforward as one would think.
Many would believe that a wine labelled as ‘organic’ or ‘biodynamic’ would be a good starting point, but this winemaking process has no bearing on whether the wine will be suitable for vegetarians or vegans. What is important is how the wine is treated or finished in the final stages of production and it is this which can create a potential moral hazard!
In order to aid the selection process we have put together a collection of wines that are marked as suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans.
Discover more about our range of Vegetarian & Vegan Friendly Wines
If you are looking for that perfect business gift, whether for a colleague or a special client, then we are happy to assist you in getting the right gift solution for your business. We offer a bespoke gifting service that is customised to meet your individual requirements and budget and ensures you get a thoughtful and personalised gift of the highest quality.
We have a wide range of Specialist Wines, Champagne & Spirits to suit all occasions and budgets. Many of our products can be found in the worlds best Hotels and on the lists of many Michelin starred restaurants.
We also have a range of gift packaging solutions which can be tailored to your specific needs. Whether its a single bottle gift carton or six bottle wooden gift box we are sure to have something to add that special finishing touch!
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