Dom Perignon, the Spiritual Father of Champagne…

Moet & Chandon famously name their prestige Cuvée Champagne after Dom Pérignon, a 17th century monk inhabiting a Benedictine Abbey in Hautvillers.  Although he is mythically thought to have invented sparkling wine, that honour belongs to Christopher Merret, an English Scientist born around the same time. � Pérignon was however a winemaking pioneer of the Champagne region which at the time was … Read More

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It’ll be all white on the night – 31st May 2013

With the sun finally making an appearance this evening, James Baker invited us to dive headlong into 6 white wines.  First on taste was the Boreham Wood Sauvignon Blanc 2011 from New Zealand.  For £9.99 a ‘full on’ New World Sauvignon with lashings of Gooseberry and Blackcurrant, striking acidity and a great length. A perfect start for the evening and … Read More

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Spanish Wine Tasting 10th May 2013

We opened this evening’s tasting with Drysack Fino sherry.  Cool, clear, complex and very dry, with great length, this makes a splendid aperitif, pairing particularly well with savoury nibbles such as olives.Once again, a modestly priced (£11.70) gem, far removed from the unfairly stereo-typed sickly sweet half-empty bottle gethering dust, forgotten and lurking in the dark in a cupboard under the … Read More

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‘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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