This week Paolo Petrilli’s wine wines arrive.  My allocation of the Fortuita 2011 is a miserly 114 bottles – that incidentally is the UK allocation too.  We have a little more of the Agramante 2011 and for the first time we have shipped his monovarietal wines – the total production for each is 1 barrel, […]

Next week we have wines arriving from Bulfon, Marzo and Petrilli, then Ascheri, Raia, Ciu Ciu and Frentana. It is a fine time to clear those last few cases of the old vintages, so with luck we can help each other out with the bank holiday on bearing down and a half decent weather forecast. […]

The newest of Bulfon’s wines is a cuvée of Cividìn and Ucelùt, the Ucelùt (20%) is fermented dry and aged in barrique. 2012 A deeply flavoured, beautiful wine with spice, grapefruit and floral elements – it is without doubt the most serious white Bulfon has released, there is a firm mineral core, lovely lees-y richness […]

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Cantine Aperte 26th May We haven’t done a Cantine Aperte for a while, it is an Italian festival of wine where a huge number of producers throw their doors open to the public for the weekend.  Well worth braving Ryanairs hospitality for. Oakham Enterprise Park We moved warehouse in February to what was ‘HM Ashwell Prison’, […]

2014 Alcohol duties We pay duty when the goods arrive so the prices will only change as we restock the warehouse. Usually there is a PR assault underling the damaging effects of alcohol before the budget, there wasn’t this year because the news is good.  Some may have noticed that wine and sparkling wine was […]

Confusingly it is often referred to in the Friuli as Ribolla Nera, but it has nothing to do with (genetically speaking) Ribolla Gialla (the yellow darling of the Collio). The name is from schioppietto, meaning crackle – perhaps the wine used to be bottled with some fizz, maybe it has something to do with the […]