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Richard Esling

08 September 2014

Written by Richard Esling

100 YEAR OLD CHAMPAGNE TO SELL AT BONHAMS

A bottle of Pol Roger 1914 – Winston Churchill’s favourite vintage of his favourite wine - which has lain undisturbed in the cellars of the champagne house for 100 years is to be sold at Bonhams Fine Wine Sale in London on 23 October. The bottle is estimated at £3,000-4,000 and the proceeds will be donated to the Imperial War Museum to support the refurbishment of its First World War Galleries. Pol Roger 1914 is regarded as one of the finest vintages of the 20th century but ...
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Richard Esling

04 September 2014

Written by Richard Esling

Tanya passes with Merit

One of the latest successful candidates of Sussex Wine Academy, Tanya was awarded a pass with Merit in her WSET Level 2 exam. Tanya is a stewardess on a super-yacht in the Mediterranean and recently studied and took the exam in Arundel, whilst on leave in the UK. Now back in the Med, Tanya is already heading for promotion in her career, due to obtaining this latest globally recognized qualification. She also intends to go on to Level 3 possibly next year. We wish her every success in her futu...
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Richard Esling

18 June 2014

Written by Richard Esling

More awards for Champagne de Barfontarc

Further recognition of the tremendous quality and value for money of the champagnes from de Barfontarc was seen recently when awards were announced at the London Wine Fair in early June.   Both the Champagne de Barfontarc Brut Tradition and the Vintage 2007 Cuveé Sainte Germaine were awarded silver medals in the prestigious International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC). This is no mean achievement since many of the champagnes tasted during the competition were deemed to be un-...
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Richard Esling

23 May 2014

Written by Richard Esling

Champagne de Barfontarc launched in UK

Champagne de Barfontarc was launched on the UK market at a consumer tasting on Saturday 3rd May in Arundel, West Sussex. The tasting of a range of champagnes from the southern champagne house was a huge success, with 100% of attendees placing orders for the champagne when it is imported. New on the UK market, the champagnes are well reputed in France, being featured every year in the Guide Hachette – the top wine buying guide in France. The style and age of the champagnes makes them id...
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Richard Esling

06 May 2014

Written by Richard Esling

Champagne Barfontarc a hit with consumers

Champagne de Barfontarc was launched on the UK market at a consumer tasting on Saturday 3rd May in Arundel, West Sussex. The tasting of a range of champagnes from the southern champagne house was a huge success, with 100% of attendees placing orders for the champagne when it is imported. New on the UK market, the champagnes are well reputed in France, being featured every year in the Guide Hachette – the top wine buying guide in France. The style and age of the champagnes makes them id...
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Richard Esling

28 April 2014

Written by Richard Esling

Champagne Barfontarc Blanc de Noirs gets Silver Medal

At a recent tasting in London of Pinot Noir wines from around the world,  Champagne de Barfontarc was awarded a Silver Medal for its Blanc de Noirs. The Global Masters tasting, concentrating solely on wines from the Pinot Noir grape variety was held earlier in 2014 and involved wines from across the globe, tasted blind by a panel of experts and judged solely on quality. In a crowded wine competition arena, The Drinks Business Global Pinot Noir Masters stands out for its assessment of wi...
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Richard Esling

05 December 2013

Written by Richard Esling

Rondo - an English red wine grape variety

Rondo One of the 'new' red grape varieties grown for English wines with some considerable success. A Hybrid variety - Saperavi Servernyi x St Laurent. Originally just named Gm 6494/5, this hybrid vine has very different parentage from Regent (another hybrid) but some similar characteristics. It has adapted to UK conditions very well and plantings have been increasing since was first planted in 1983. Rondo produces wines with very good colour and style and overtones of classic red v...
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Richard Esling

04 November 2013

Written by Richard Esling

50 Year Old Glenfiddich for Sale

THE GLENFIDDICH 50 YEAR OLD LEADS BONHAMS WINTER WHISKY SALE IN EDINBURGH   A bottle of The Glenfiddich 50 year old estimated to make between £12,000-15,000 is the lead lot in Bonhams Whisky sale in Edinburgh on 11 December.   Taken from cask numbers 844, 845, 846 filled on 17th July 1937 and casks 1044, 1046, 1047 and 1048 filled on 14th December 1939 the whisky was vatted for over one year. It was bottled on 26th July 1991 and carries the number 416.  The bottle comes...
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