Summer 2016

The end of a great trip

Marian on Sat 24 Sep

WOW what a trip

Three weeks gone is a flash. 3500 miles travelled, 15 vineyards visited and over 1,500 bottles purchased and on their way to the UK.


Pierre & Fils Brigandat Champagne

Marian on Fri 23 Sep

What a lovely lady!

This is the last day of our 3 week tasting trip and what a place to finish at Pierre & Fils Brigandat Champagne.

Madam Brigandat gave us a tour of the winery and then a degustation, what a warm and kind lady she is,

Domaine Bourdon

Marian on Thu 22 Sep

Domaine Bourdon & Bouchard Aine & Fils Posters.

Further north to the Burgundy region and on a beautiful sunny morning we make our way to see Francois at Domaine Bourdon in the Pouilly Fuisse area.


Domaine Grangenueve

Marian on Wed 21 Sep

Domaine Grangeneuve

Back in the car and we have arrived in the Cotes du Rhone to visit Domaine Grangeneuve.

The Bour family started this Domaine in the mid 60’s, its geographical position in the heart of the Rhone Valley is crucial and gives the character to wines crafted at this vineyard.


Domaine Grangette

Marian on Tue 20 Sep

Domaine Grangette – Picpoul de Pinet

Grangette is situated in the northern region of Languedoc and is where we purchase one of our most popular white wines Picpoul de Pinet. The welcome here is always very warm this is the fifth year we have visited this small family owned vineyard.


Chateau Rouquette sur Mer

Marian on Mon 19 Sep

Chateau Rouquette sur Mer

After a lovely relaxing weekend we drive towards the sea where we call in on Chateau Rouquette sur Mer.

We have an appointment with Jacques and Francois (the father and son team here) Rouquette in the La Clape region of Languedoc, this is one of the largest Chateau’s we buy from, in total the estate covers 420 hectares but only 50 hectares are planted with vines.


Domaine Sicard

Marian on Fri 16 Sep

Second visit is to Domaine Sicard just a few miles up the road from Spencer in the Minervois region.

This is a new wine producer we are adding to our cellar, we had a comprehensive tour of the vines, cave and then onto the tasting room.


Chateau Spencer

Marian on Fri 16 Sep

Last evening we stayed with friends from the UK who have kindly welcomed us for the weekend whilst we are visiting vineyards in the Languedoc region - back on the wine tasting trail we are to travelling to two different Domaines today.

First visit to Chateau Spencer la Pujade in the Corbieres region of Southern France.


Domaine Treloar

Marian on Thu 15 Sep

Domaine Treloar – Harvest has started.

First thing today we leave Spain after nine very enjoyable days visiting our suppliers, travelling daily through the beautiful countryside and receiving a warm welcome where ever we stayed.

Over the boarder to France and to Domaine Treloar, this is one of the original Wineries we bought from, Jonathan and Rachel own this 12 hectare’s vineyard. 


Almiral de la Font

Marian on Wed 14 Sep

We have travelled across the plains of Spain at the foothills of the Pyrenees and arrive at Almiral de la Font which is situated a few miles South of Barcelona.

This is our first visit to the Winery although we have stocked the two wines made here for a year. Paul the owner gave us a tour of the vineyard which is a small estate of only 5 hectares. 


Bodegas de los Rios Prieto.

Marian on Mon 12 Sep

Today Ribera del Duero and we visit Bodegas de los Rios Prieto.

We have stocked red wine from this vineyard for four years and have lovely memories of our previous trips here.

Via Arxentea - Phone a Friend!

Marian on Fri 9 Sep

We left Rioja and now have travelled a further 300 miles to the Spanish Region of Galicia.

Carte-du-vin has stocked wines from this area for a while.

David Moreno

Marian on Wed 7 Sep

Bodegas David Moreno – our old favourite.

As always our welcome here was very warm, we were met by Lara who now deals with Export sales and again a full tasting was on offer!

All I can say is we do sip and spit,

Bodegas Urbina

Marian on Wed 7 Sep

Bodegas Urbina is a family run vineyard with two generations of the family still very involved in the day to day running.

Chateau Viella

Marian on Tue 6 Sep

First thing Tuesday morning we leave the Lot continuing our trip to Chateau Viella in Gascogne region, a long drive through Rural France travelling along ‘D’ roads passing beautiful countryside and winding our way between fields of sun flowers.



Marian on Tue 6 Sep

Rioja is a very beautiful place and today there isn’t a cloud in the sky and light breeze – Perfecfto!

Rioja wines have featured on our list since we started selling wine in 2010 and today we are to visit two Bodegas, firstly Bodegas Urbina and then we visit David Moreno who we found on a cycling trip many years ago in 2005.


First visit is to Chateau de la tour Chollet

Marian on Mon 5 Sep

It is a long trip from Normandy to the Bordeaux Region but travelling on French roads on a Sunday is easy and we arrived at our Hotel on the out skirts of St Emillion in plenty of time for a ‘POP’ (pink on’t patio!)

Depart from Portsmouth

Marian on Sat 3 Sep

PHEW - Made it!!

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