20 Years of the Bonnie Family at Chateau Malartic-Lagravieres

A visit this morning to the 67 Pall Mall Club to celebrate with the Bonnie Family, who have been at the helm at Chateau Malartic-Lagravieres for 20 years this year, was welcome change from selling 2016 en-primeurs. Although the 2016 barrel samples brought over especially for the tasting were also very refreshing. In fact the 2016 Rouge showed particularly well … Read More

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New World v. Old World wine tasting 5th May 2017

We had a full house again for our New World v Old World tasting on Friday 5th May in the N&P cellars. Starting with 2015 El Campo Sauvignon Blanc Chile   A nice take on the New World style, being fresh yet restrained. Notes of tropical fruit on the nose (mango and pineapple) with added citrus flavours on the palate. This … Read More

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2016 Bordeaux Vintage Assessment

2016 Bordeaux Vintage Assessment and Tasting Notes “A Humming Vintage” The mood in Bordeaux this week was nothing short of buzzing. The wines at many estates were shockingly good, and will probably be regarded as the new benchmark. I, for one, never expected to witness, so soon, a vintage that could broadly challenge 2010 for its class and elegance, and … Read More

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Latour de force…Happy Birthday Richard!

Richard’s 40th birthday inspired a gourmet evening at Adam’s Restaurant in Birmingham earlier this week. As usual the quality of the service, surroundings and above all food was outstanding. If this restaurant doesn’t attain two Michelin Stars very soon I’ll be astounded.  We kicked off with a pair of DP’s, 1998 P2, and 1990 Oenoteque. The nomenclature are different but … Read More

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Just Gin Show 2017 Announced!

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The gin extravaganza is back – Just Gin Show returns to The Stourbridge Town Hall for its second event on 29th July 2017. After the inaugural show saw the likes of Ableforth’s, East London Liquor Company, Brighton Gin, Makar, Sacred, Strane and many more in attendance, this year we’re set to bring you more exciting distilleries from the UK, Scotland, … Read More

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Buffalo Trace Antique Collection 2016 Releases Ballot

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The Antique Collection from Buffalo Trace distillery is by far one of the most highly-anticipated releases each year. For the 2016 releases we’ve decided to distribute our entire allocation of bottles through a ballot. We think it’s probably the easiest way to go about it, there is no ‘easy’ way. Details on the ballot are below, or you can enter right … Read More

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Christmas Crackers!

Christmas Crackers! Last week a small group gathered at Birmingham’s premier dining room, Adams Restaurant in Waterloo Street, armed with just enough big statement wines to match the layered nature of the culinary offering. Two Champagnes, three whites and two reds. To kick off a pair of Krug vintages created plenty of excitement. Krug vintage like most great wines is … Read More

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Kopke Port Tasting 24th September

The House of Kopke is the oldest Porto wine export firm, established in 1638 by the Germans Cristiano and Nicolaus Kopke. They have established an enviable reputation for their range of cask-aged and bottled-aged ports, some produced from vines that are over a century old. We were therefore delighted to be hosting this tasting, presented by Kopke’s Export Manager, Joao … Read More

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…and the winner is…

We were ‘over the moon’ to learn that Nickolls and Perks scored twice in the Decanter Retailer of the Year Awards 2016: The results were announced at The Connaught, London, on 14 September 2016. “The annual Decanter Retailer Awards aim to offer wine drinkers in the UK an indispensable guide to the best wine shops and wine lists on the high street.” … Read More

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2009 Vs. 2010 Bordeaux

By Will Gardener These are both gorgeous vintages that will be compared many times in the years ahead. Now 3 and 4 years, respectively, post bottling what would they reveal at this juvenile stage? Our sampling of 14 wines, all tasted blind and in completely random order (actually this was not strictly true, several were paired up but we didn’t know that) … Read More

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