Wine Gang News July 2015

July Issue Now Published

Whilst we've recently featured the in vogue discounters of Aldi and Lidl, this month we turn the spotlight on established 'value' retailers Asda, Morrisons and the Bargain Booze chain to see how their wine offerings shape up, as well as tasting a batch of 40 new wines in Majestic, the vast majority of which are currently on discount. We've a bunch of wines you won't find in supermarkets in our Independent round-up, and we investigate English Sparkling Wines and the wines of Languedoc big cheese, Paul Mas. In her editorial, Jo reveals all about a secret and rediscovered Burgundy appellation.

Winter Wine Festivals

Please do not delay in booking your tickets for our fabulous festivals at:

We have some amazing tutored masterclasses including vertical tastings of Cloudly Bay's iconic Marlborough wines, the extraordinary sparkling wines of Nyetimber Estate, and we are delighted to present the wines of Wynn's of Coonawarra, some of Australia's elite - and all these masterclasses will run at ALL venues, with tickets for those going on sale soon, the first offer going to holders of main festival tickets.




What Did The Gang do in June?

Jo and TomJane took up residence in Regent’s Park for a week as host of the wine theatre at the sunny and (mostly) dry Taste of London, left. Wine session themes included Beaujolais and wine and food matching with Michelin-starred restaurants Gymkhana and l’Atelier de Joël Robuchon. Meanwhile Ant had itchy feet in June, firstly heading to the Beaujolais crus to unearth the best of life beyond Beaujolais Nouveau. Next, taking himself off to Southern Italy for a piece on the remarkable culture of Basilicata for The Independent. Reports reach us that he has returned suspiciously bronzed.

As you'll see from Jo's editorial, she and Tom travelled together for a few days in Burgundy, in a tour that stretched from Chablis in the north to Beaujolais in the south,taking in an unknown new region – technically, an old rejuvenated one – and a little seen grape variety en route. They also stopped at the famous Romanée-Conti vineyard, where they couldn't resist joining the thousands of other wine geeks who just needed to take a selfie to prove it. Tom is also gearing up to deliver masterclasses on Franciacorta and Brunello di Montalcino to the Scottish wine trade this week.

Next Issue

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