‘Pure Rhône Classicism’: M. Chapoutier’s 2012 Rhône Valley Sélections Parcellaires

 Update: Earlier this week we were fortunate enough to attend an elaborate tasting for all of Michel Chapoutier’s 2012 Sélections Parcellaires, held at London’s prestigious Institute of Directors (May 13th). We tasted through the full range of single vineyard wines from this vintage, from the Rhône and other regions (more details to follow in a separate post). This post however is dedicated … Read More

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Penfolds: The Descendants of Grange Bin Series

We are immensely proud to announce that Nickolls and Perks are now stockists for Penfolds, Australia’s most prestigious wine producer since 1844. Penfolds has an illustrious wine-making heritage, and has won the hearts (or indeed, palates) of wine critics, consumers and enthusiasts the world over. Since its creation the flagship Grange has arguably become Australia’s most famous and sought after … Read More

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Sparkling Wine Tasting – Blind and Bubbly – April 5th

With an extra hour of evening sunshine and finally some, albeit bashful, hints of spring sunshine, N&P’s early April wine tasting in the Stourbridge Cellars was aptly scrutinizing a flight of refreshing Sparkling Wines. Tasting the wines blind is always so much more fun I find and somehow concentrates your senses. When reputation and with it of course price is … Read More

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The Nickolls and Perks 2010 Bordeaux Report Part Two: Our Highlights

Part One of our 2010 Bordeaux Report detailed the indisputable ‘Parkerised’ highlights of the vintage, in this Part Two we hope to give a more personalised insight into some of the inevitable ‘unsung heroes’ that may be overlooked in such a classic vintage. At the En Primeur tastings we sampled around 300 wines, so we were aware of the challenges … Read More

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The Nickolls and Perks 2010 Bordeaux Report Part One: Robert Parker’s Focus

During the En Primeur tastings in April 2011 we were immensely surprised and indeed pleased that the viticultural stars had once again aligned to produce a sterling vintage in 2010 Bordeaux. At this point however the impressive shadow of the opulent and flamboyant 09s still loomed heavy, and many in the world of wine looked on with a degree of … Read More

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Italian Wine Tasting – La Dolce Vita – March 1st

With so much to choose from (Italy produces more wine than any other country), James had his work cut out to pick a selection that was interesting, varied, great tasting and good value: 1. Prosecco Spumante DOCG Conegliano E Valdobbiadene Ca´ Morlin   The evening’s proceedings started with the sparkle of this finely-made Prosecco.  Very elegant, with a fine mousse, … Read More

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Chateau Cheval Blanc

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts…. As the saying goes ‘the way to get a small fortune is to start with a large one and buy a vineyard’; the reason being, winemaking, like many art forms, is about perfection – or getting as close to it as possible. Of course, perfection will always be just around … Read More

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Big and Powerful Reds February 8th

The North wind doth blow and we shall have snow And what will poor Robin do then, poor thing? He’ll sit in a barn and keep himself warm and hide his head under his wing, poor thing. Alternatively sit in N&P’s cellars with forty or so friendly folks, Imbibe some hearty red wine and put the colour back into his cheeks. Our … Read More

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Nickolls and Perks Glenfarclas Special Release – A dram come true…

Our Visit to Glenfarclas Distillery It takes around 7 hrs to make the journey from Nickolls and Perks of Stourbridge to the doors of the Craigellachie Hotel in Ballindalloch. Situated next to the Spey river near the village of Aberlour, Speyside In the Scottish highlands the hotel bar offers over 700 whiskies, amongst the best of which comes from the … Read More

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French Wine tasting 11th January 2013

For our first wine tatsting of 2013 we certainly managed to banish the mid-January “Bleus” by sampling some excellent “Blancs et Rouges” For further info, or to buy these wines, click on any of the pictures below Here’s what we tasted and what we thought: First up was Domaine Moulinier Vionier (Langedoc Roussilon) 2010 Domaine Moulinier Vin De Pays d´OC … Read More

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