The Finer Things

  • Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage AOC

    Philip Day discusses Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage AOC, one of the oldest names in the world of wine. Hermitage is a French wine Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) originating from  the northern Rhône wine region of France, south of the city of Lyon. Hermitage was awarded its AOC status in 1937. The wine produced here is…

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  • White Castle Vineyard Cymru / Wales

    Philip Day looks to Wales, reviewing the broad range of wines on offer from White Castle Vineyard. According to the latest figures (2015) released by the wine standards branch of the UK government’s Food Standards Agency the average annual production of wine in the UK has increased from 3.02m (bottle equivalent) to 5.06m in 2015….

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  • Edradour – Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Philip Day discusses Edradour – Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky. It’s that time of year again and this year I have been invited to a Burn’s night supper in a few weeks time. The friends I will be visiting are not great whisky drinkers, preferring fortified wines or Cognacs but they are willing to forego…

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  • Suertes del Marqués Wines, Valle de la Orotava, Tenerife

    Philip Day looks to the popular holiday hotspot of Tenerife for an inspired source of fine wine and selects Suertes del Marqués Wines. Some friends recently set me a challenge, when we met up in Manchester for dinner. At the end of the month they were off to Tenerife in the Canary Islands for an early winter…

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  • Château d’Esclans ‘Garrus’ Rosé, Côtes de Provence AOC

    Further to numerous requests from friends, eager for tips on suitable Rosé wine, Philip Day looks to the Côtes de Provence AOC for inspiration. In this article, Philip reviews the impressive wines of  Château d’Esclans, including its highly acclaimed ‘Garrus’ Rosé.     Several of my friends and colleagues, perhaps with an eye on their summer vacations have been…

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