Monday, 18 July 2011

Didn’t Have Time to Exercise? Drink Red Wine!

Not exercising consistently can lead to muscle atrophy, diabetes, bone density loss, and other problems. But sometimes, though, our sedentary lifestyles are incredibly busy, and we simply can’t find the time to exercise for a few days. So if it’s been a few days since you hit the gym, there may be a way to help slow down the damage from not exercising: some red wine.

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Societies for Experimental Biology suggests that resveratrol, a phenol that is found in red wine, may prevent the deterioration due to not exercising – at least for awhile. The study took two sets of rats, both of who were subjected to an environment that simulated weightlessness. One group was given resveratrol, and the other wasn’t.

The results were interesting and the study also suggests that resveratrol may be able to prevent the deleterious consequences of sedentary behaviors in humans. Several other stuides have suggested that resveratrol has a range of health benefits, from combating cancer to acting as an anti-inflammatory.

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Chateau d'Angles

We are now proud to announce that we have imported the most recent vintages from CHÂTEAU D’ANGLÉS, which have just been released from the estate! We know the Fabre family personally and their wines are available through us in the UK. We are delighted to offer these following wines, which can be delivered directly to you.

Château d’Anglès - Classique Rosé - 2010
Mourvèdre based Rosé wine with a dash of Syrah and Grenache. Brilliant “’pink flamingo’’ colour.
A wonderfully intense nose of citrus fruits and raspberry aromas. Full and lush on the pallet, very fresh, long and complex aromatic composition of white flowers with a natural mineral finish – perfect for summer drinking.

Château d’Anglès - Classique White - 2009
A wine that blends Bourboulenc,Grenache, Marsanne and Roussanne for more complexity. The straw yellow hue reveals an elegant bouquet of rose, acacia and spices. Lively, mellow and balanced, the taste of white fruits will complement grilled fish, seafood, poultry and young cheese.

Château d’Anglès - Classique Red - 2008
Syrah, Grenache and a touch of Mourvèdre for a deep red colour with black highlights. The aroma evokes red fruit flavours such as blackcurrant and also pepper. Full-bodied wine, with smooth and delicate tannins. Delicious with cold cuts and grilled meat as well as everyday drinking.

Château d’Anglès - Grand Vin White - 2007
Bourboulenc, Grenache, Marsanne and Roussanne grapes that are fermented and aged in oak barrels. Pale yellow colour with golden highlights. Rich and complex nose, with a blend of white fruits, spices and warm brioche flavours. Plentiful, structured and buttery taste unveiling a lovely aromatic intensity. Long and fresh finish. Impressive wine matching Indian/spicy food, poultry and cheese.

Château d’Anglès - Grand Vin Red - 2007
Mourvèdre, Syrah, Grenache and a dash of Vieux Carignan aged in oak barrels. Deep red colour with hints of black. Complex and full-bodied bouquet with a blend of red and black fruits, vanilla, liquorice and earthy flavours. Fleshy, balanced taste, endowed with a nice freshness and soft tannins. Try it with all kind of cooked meat and chocolate cake.

Saturday, 26 February 2011

Pomerol Dinner at Rudding Park

On the last Saturday of January Francois Janoueix of Château Lafleur Saint Jean, Bordeaux, hosted a special wube eveing at Rudding Park. It was a resounding success. Thank You Francois Janoueix for a lovely evening.

Saturday, 30 January 2010

Domaine Grand Veneur - Châteauneuf-du-Pape - Rudding Park Tasting Dinner

Monsieur Christophe Jaume of Domaine Grand Veneur travelled especially to host this wonderful occasion. He talked most eloquently and passionate about his wines. His audience were captivated, not only by his enthusiasm but also by his intensive and arduous work, necessary to produce these wonderful wines. It takes dedication of generations to bring out the best of this unique “terroir” - man working closely with nature.

Domaine Grand Veneur is situated right next to the famous Domaine de Beaucastel. The characteristic terroir of Châteauneuf-du-Pape comes from this layer of quartzite stones, remnants of Alpine glaciers that have been carried down by the Rhône River. The rocks are famous for retaining the heat from the plentiful sun, some 2800 hours a year, releasing it at night, ripening the grapes faster.

The powerful mistral wind carries away the moisture, intensifying the dry climate. In the north and north-east the famous galets roulés, round rocks or pebbles covering the clay soil. The stones can also serve as a protective layer to help retain moisture in the soil during the dry summer months. It is the combination of climate and “terroir” which gives the wines from Châteauneuf du Pape their distinct character and appeal.

Wines on the evening included:

2008 Cotes du Rhone Blanc “Viognier” - Domaine Grand Veneur
Exclusively made from Viognier. An ideal aperitif, with a fresh and clean palate and melon aromas.

2008 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc - Domaine Grand Veneur
20 % White Grenache, 30% Roussanne, 50% Clairette. A fantastic white Châteauneuf-du-Pape which matched the Seabass perfectly!

2008 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc “La Fontaine” - Domaine Grand Veneur
More akin to a Burgundy style wine, producing a wine exclusively made from the Roussanne grape take great care and dedication. The wine shows great aging potential.

2007 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge - Domaine Grand Veneur
A typical Grenache dominated blend. Showing all the typical forest fruit aromas and silky tannins, this wine proved to be a great accompaniment for the loin of venison.

2006 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge “Les Origines” Domaine Grand Veneur – en Magnum
A very small yield production. Matured for 18 months in new oak casks. There is no better way to appreciate a wine than in Magnum format! Having now aged in bottle for nearly 4 years, the Châteauneuf-du-Pape red "Les Origines" is maturing and showing great signs of development. It showed wonderful black fruits, jams and spiced aromas. A wine which certainly evolved in the glass during the dinner!

Marc de Châteauneuf-du-Pape - Domaine Grand Veneur
To finish a grape brandy was served, which is made from the distillation of the destemmed and dried marcs. The distillate obtained is stored in oak casks and aged in the cellar for about 5 years.

These prize winning wines are available from Earle Wines either by mail order or online at

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

2009 Bordeaux vintage is set to be the best of the 21st century

The young wines will not be tasted until next year, but growers are already convinced that 2009 clarets will better the near-perfect 2005 vintage.

"Nature has been extremely generous, it is sumptuous," said Denis Dubourdieu, director of the Bordeaux Institute of Vine and Wine Sciences and a renowned winemaker.

Growers said the mix of fine days but cool, dry nights in the final days before grape picking began last month had been the finest since 1949.

The cool nights stopped the grapes from over-ripening and added sophistication. July and August were ideally hot and sunny. Then just when drought threatened to stop the grapes from ripening and developing crucial tannins to help age the wines, the rain came.

As a result, he said, the grapes have all the sugar content, colour and fruitiness found in the greatest of vintages.

Please look at our recent en primeur article for more information

Friday, 18 September 2009

Pierre Gimonnet Champagne

It was after 1955 that the wines of Pierre Gimonnet et Fils began to demonstrate the character that we see in them today. At this time Michel, Pierre's son, set about creating a range of Champagnes which would typify the exclusively Chardonnay Gimonnet style. Recognising the quality of the vineyards at hand, Michel raised the standard of the wines to match, and this has been continued through the next generation who continue to run the domaine today; Olivier and Didier Gimonnet, Michel's sons.

They have continued to pursue their ethos of focusing on specific vineyard sites and expressions of terroir. Their meticulous data collecting and attention to detail ensure individual Champagne of the highest quality.

Champagne Pierre Gimonnet Premier Cru 'Cuis' NV @ £22.50 ex VAT