The Finer Things

  • 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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  • Lagavulin – Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Philip Day waxes lyrical about Lagavulin, describing it as ‘one of Scotland’s most notable whiskies’.     Lagavulin, an Anglicized spelling of the Gaelic ‘lag a’mhuilin’, which translates as ‘hollow by the mill ‘ is a much sought-after single malt, considered by many as the connoisseurs choice when it comes to Islay whisky. It has…

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  • Yamazaki (Suntory Ltd.) – Japanese whisky

    Philip Day discusses Yamazaki, a Japanese brand of whisky revered by the cognoscenti.     Owned by The distillery is owned by Suntory Spirits Ltd. Address 5-2-1 Yamazaki, Shimamoto-cho, Mishima-gun, Osaka, Japan. Founded in 1923 Telephone Email         Phone: +81-75-962-1423 (Europe) (U.S.) (For other countries/regions see website)   Current status  …

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  • Whittaker’s (Harrogate Distillery Ltd) Yorkshire Gin

    Philip Day discusses Whittaker’s Gin, a fabulous drink which ‘reflects the beauty of the Yorkshire countryside’.     Ten years ago, a revolution began in the drinks industry. As more and more drinkers became bored of the same tipples crowding the supermarket shelves or served in bars and public houses mass produced by the same national…

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  • Giacomo Bologna Braida Bricco dell’ Uccellone, Barbera d’Asti DOCG

    Philip Day discusses Giacomo Bologna Braida Bricco dell’ Uccellone, Barbera d’Asti DOCG from the Piedmont region of north-west Italy.     The most common Piedmontese grape variety, Barbera was once dismissed as being too common or mundane to inspire respect, because it was so widely planted in the Piedmont region (Piemonte) of north-west Italy. However, no…

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  • Ridgeview English Sparkling Wines

    Philip Day discusses Ridgeview English Sparkling Wines. Ridgeview, located in the South Downs of England is a family company dedicated to the production of the highest quality sparkling wine derived from classic varieties, employing traditional methods.    For decades British cider and perry makers were synonymous with fizzy alcoholic drink production in the UK. Over the…

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