After leaving the guys at Cantina Giardino we drove a few hours east to Puglia to meet Cristiano Guttarolo at his vineyards outside the town of Gioia del Colle. We tried to play it cool, pretending we knew the way but got lost and ended up meeting Cristiano out the front of one of Puglia’s…

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The next stop of our recent trip to Italy was to see the guys at Cantina Giardino. We arrived in Ariano Irpino just as the sun was setting and headed straight down to the cellar with Antonio to pick out a few bottles to drink over the next few days. Half an hour and a…

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Tripping in Le Marche with La Distesa

The first stop on our recent trip to Italy with Le Marche. We landed in Ancona on a drab, dull Friday morning and headed to the hills of Cupramontana to catch up with Corrado and Valeria at La Distesa. Corrado hasn’t always been a winemaker, he studied and worked in Milano for many years, before…

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Sunday Lunch with chef Tim Spedding

It has been a while since we have done an event that isn’t focused on a particular grower, region or wine fair,one that is about nothing more than getting together for good food and wine.With that in mind, on Sunday 16th November we are teaming up with our friend and chef Tim Spedding to throw a proper Sunday lunch at…

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Gabrio arrives in town this Sunday and knowing we’ll be getting something to drink before dinner, we figured we should invite you all along.From 5pm this Sunday 2nd November at P.Franco on Lower Clapton Road the man himself will be propped at the bar, drinking wine, chatting and eating a little salumi and cheese. To celebrate having him…

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An Evening with Gabrio Bini at Terroirs wine bar

Join us on Monday 3rd November at 7pm at Terroirs in Charing Cross for an evening with Gabrio Bini, his wines and products from the Serragghia farm.  This will be the first time in two years that Gabrio has come to London and to celebrate we are hosting a wine dinner unlike any other. Choosing…

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A Tasting of Wines from Piemonte Monday 6th October at Toast

As promised we have plenty of tastings and dinners coming up. On Monday 6th October we are returning to our friends Toast in East Dulwich to host a tasting of wines from Piemonte. Arguably Italy’s most famous region for food and wine, the hills of Piemonte produce some of the greatest wines on the planet…

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Vault Tastings


On October 7th along with a handful of other small importers we will be taking part in the first ever Vault Tastings. The tasting will take place in a cavernous space under the Holborn Viaduct and seeks to offer those who work in the trade an intimate and relaxed place to come and taste wines from…

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Piedmont & Liguria 2014: Part Two

Our first stop on the next day of our travels was to see Augusto Cappellano at his family’s home and cantina on the outskirts of Serralunga d’Alba. An absolute reference point in the area, the Cappellano’s invented the digestive tonic Barolo Chinato and produce some of the most honest, beautiful Baroli we have tried. We…

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