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Here's to 2017 and all the bottles we can enjoy together ...
We are halfway through January and as I write, it is according to the papers "Blue Monday".  As far as I can see from what the papers are writing most days are "Blue" what with the likes of Trump, Putin, Brexit, rail strikes, weather, Dry January - need I go on?
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Christmas Orders
We just wanted to let you know our opening hours over the Festive period.
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Hunters Wines Hunters Wines
James is the next generation in the Hunter family who will be taking this iconic winery to its next stage under the watchful eye of his Aunt Jane, who is still very much hands on ensuring everything is as it should be.
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Friday 20th January 2017 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Main Category

Here's to 2017 and all the bottles we can enjoy together ...

We are halfway through January and as I write, it is according to the papers "Blue Monday".  As far as I can see from what the papers are writing most days are "Blue" what with the likes of Trump, Putin, Brexit, rail strikes, weather, Dry January - need I go on?
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Thursday 1th December 2016 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Christmas

Christmas Orders

We just wanted to let you know our opening hours over the Festive period.
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Monday 7th November 2016 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Producer Focus

Hunters Wines

Hunters Wines James is the next generation in the Hunter family who will be taking this iconic winery to its next stage under the watchful eye of his Aunt Jane, who is still very much hands on ensuring everything is as it should be.
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Thursday 21th July 2016 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Summer Drinking

Cava makes a comeback ...

Prosecco has been at the top of the pile when it comes down to good value bubbles. However, I am pleased to report that Cava is making a bit of a renaissance in that department.
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Thursday 9th June 2016 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Main Category

White Wines to enjoy in late Spring, Early Summer

I dont know about you but I am absolutely loving the weather at the moment, its fantastic sitting out in the garden, ignoring the fact that the grass needs cutting, but thinking about the white wines I am looking forward to enjoying again or trying for the first time over the next few months.
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Wednesday 4th May 2016 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Main Category

Reds in Springtime

As we are moving into Spring Time, finally I hear you cry, my mind has turned towards what reds I can enjoy ...
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Tuesday 5th April 2016 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Main Category

Surprising Finds

It is surprising what you find in your wine rack. The other day I was rummaging around my personal wine store when I came across some bottles of Vouvrey Sec from the respected producer Foreau...
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Thursday 17th March 2016 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Main Category

Easter

Having seen pictures on facebook of young Helen at Cafe 21 Hospitality making all those Easter Eggs as if there is no tomorrow I can only assume Easter will soon be upon us.
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Thursday 3th March 2016 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Main Category

Mothers Day

Mothers day will soon be upon us, so for those of you who have not fled the family next, may I suggest you cook up your Mum a champagne breakfast for Mothers day - this task may be age dependant!
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Tuesday 16th February 2016 | by Michael Jobling | posted in White Wines

White Wine Offers which will go well with Fish

It has made be think of wines which will accompany and compliment fish. Here are a few ideas and to encourage people like myself I am doing a special offer on these wines for a limited period
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Tuesday 9th February 2016 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Main Category

Valentines in the Pink

I have come up with an alternative for those who want to impress their other halves or maybe are in need of gaining brownie points!
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Friday 22th January 2016 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Main Category

Dryish January

With the run up to Christmas and with all the festivities surrounding Christmas and New Year I think my poor liver has been working overtime! I have decided to give this hard working organ a holiday as I am participating in a Dryish January.
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Wednesday 16th December 2015 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Christmas

News from the Overcooked Sprout

News from the Overcooked Sprout I am afraid the way I am feeling I would compare myself to an over cooked sprout!
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Wednesday 18th November 2015 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Main Category

Oporto

Oporto It seems an age away since my trip to Oporto yet it was only last week ...
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Friday 30th October 2015 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Main Category

Comfort Reds

These wines will be my comfort blanket for the next month or so ...
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Friday 21th August 2015 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Producer Focus

Casa Silva

Susy Atkins in the Sunday Telegraph has recomended Casa Silvas Reserva Viognier, this is what she had to say about it
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Thursday 23th July 2015 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Producer Focus

The Raconteur

What is it with South Africa? We have just taken delivery of two new cracking wines from South Africa, they wiull make ideal drinking for barbeques - when summer returns!
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Thursday 4th June 2015 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Main Category

Wines to enjoy in the Sunshine

With this lovely spell of weather the office has been transferred to the garden bench and table. I know it will not last forever but I might as well make the most of it while it is here!
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Thursday 2th April 2015 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Main Category

Easter 2015

Easter is looming which can only mean lots of Easter Eggs = lots of choclolate related puddings. Yummy but a wine lovers nightmare.
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Tuesday 3th March 2015 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Main Category

Mothers Day

This missive is targeted at the menfolk out there.
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Sunday 15th February 2015 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Main Category

Chinese New Year

Have you dusted off the wok in readiness for the Chinese New Year?
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Saturday 7th February 2015 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Main Category

Valentines

Right boys Valentines day falls on a Saturday so it gives you the opportunity to push the boat out to impress and gain mega brownie points with your partner, wife or girlfriend (please delete where applicable).
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Sunday 25th January 2015 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Main Category

Burns Night

I am a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to Burns Night.
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Tuesday 20th January 2015 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Main Category

Dry January

I have a number of friends who are doing "the dry January".
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Monday 22th December 2014 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Christmas

An alternative take on the 12 days of Christmas

Partridge in a Pear Tree A nice plump partridge, what could be better than a bottle of Domaine Saladin Cotes du Rhone Loi to accompany it.
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Sunday 7th December 2014 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Christmas

What I will be drinking for Christmas

As used I will be heading to the Lake District to my Sister for Christmas and as usual my Sister has planned what we will be eating over the festive period. She has done this with military precision, now its down to me to organise what we will be drinking.
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Friday 5th December 2014 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Main Category

Opening Hours over the Festive Season

Please see below for our opening hours over the Festive Season.
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Thursday 27th November 2014 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Christmas

Festive Fizz

Bubbles are a must at this time of year. Folk like to celebrate in style, personally I love a glass of fizz while I am opening my pressies on Christmas Day - that is if Santa remembers to deliver them!!
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Thursday 13th November 2014 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Red Wines

Top 10 Winter Reds

Now that the clocks have gone back and it is dark at 5 O’clock, ones thoughts turn to good hearty reds to enjoy on a winters evening. I have been asked to come up with 10 reds for my winter drinking. Most of my selection come with the thought that they will be accompanying food!
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Thursday 6th November 2014 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Main Category

Post Christmas Wine Tasting

It was great to see old friends and customers, especially one particular person who has not been well but he assured me that he was now back enjoying a glass of wine, I am glad normal services have been resumed!
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Friday 31th October 2014 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Wine Tastings

Christmas Wine Tasting

With new vintages from old favourites along with a selection of new listings, and for those of you who like bubbles our new Champagne from Domaines Barons de Rothschild will be on show. We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday.
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Wednesday 15th October 2014 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Producer Focus

Reflections on Collioure

It has been a while since I have had a proper holiday, so my time spent in Collioure was all the more special. Any Francofile who has not been should go; it is a lovely seaside town along with being the anchovy capital of Europe (a little bit of useless information for you).
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Wednesday 1th October 2014 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Producer Focus

Letter from Collioure

Years ago as a young man I used to listen to a programme on Radio called "Letter from America" presented by Alistair Cook.
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Thursday 4th September 2014 | by Michael Jobling | posted in White Wines

Pinot Grigio - love it or hate it?

Pinot Grigio has a bit of an image problem.
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Friday 25th July 2014 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Main Category

Reflections

I am in the garden enjoying the sunshine, looking at my pots realising they need watering. That will have to wait, I have to write this otherwise I am in trouble. I am in a reflective mood, you may ask why? Well, I have another birthday coming up, not a significant one but the numbers do have a nice feel about them.
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Thursday 10th July 2014 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Producer Focus

Jane Hunter

I have known Jane Hunter and her wines for 25 years. Her wines have become a part of Michael Jobling Wines DNA.
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Thursday 12th June 2014 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Summer Drinking

Classic Whites for Summer Drinking

Its Summer so I tend to drink a lot more white wine than red.
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Tuesday 3th June 2014 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Summer Drinking

Rose Wine

Rose has become popular and can no longer be regarded as the poor relation to white and red. Rose wine has grown up and should be taken seriously.
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Thursday 15th May 2014 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Wine Tastings

How to Taste White Wine


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Thursday 1th May 2014 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Red Wines

Angus the Bull

We are delighted that Angus the Bull Cabernet Sauvignon has made a comeback to our list.
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Thursday 10th April 2014 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Main Category

How to taste wine?

Now I think it might be an idea to give a few tips on how to taste.
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Thursday 27th March 2014 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Producer Focus

Chateau Musar

I have just had an email from our friends at Chateau Musar regarding the release of the 2007 vintage red.
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Thursday 13th March 2014 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Wine Tastings

D I Y Wine Tasting

Here are some tips to organise your own DIY Wine Tasting event a fun and yet informative.
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Thursday 6th March 2014 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Main Category

Pamela Vandyke Price 1923 - 2014

However, it was my late brother in law, Donald, who sparked things off in a more serious fashion. One of the catalysts was that he bought me a book entitled "A Taste of Wine" by Pamela Vandyke Price.
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Thursday 27th February 2014 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Producer Focus

Les Domaines Barons de Rothschild

The Lafite story goes back to 1744 when Mayer Amschel Rothscild moved to Frankfurt, he had 5 sons. One of the sons Amschel junior stayed in Frankfurt the others moved to London, Vienna, Naples and Paris to generate wealth for the family.
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Thursday 20th February 2014 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Main Category

The Flying Winemaker

I don't know if it is me and that I am getting older but the world seems to go at a faster pace and there is constant change to the world order.
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Wednesday 12th February 2014 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Food and Wine Matching

BBC's Food and Drink

I am hooked on the BBC's Food and Drink programme, its a no nonsense show that doesn't rely on gimmicks. I think what makes it work for me is that I admire the joint hosts Michel Roux Jnr and Kate Goodman!
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Thursday 6th February 2014 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Offers

Bubbles

We are giving cupid a little helping hand in time for Valentines day.
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Friday 24th January 2014 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Main Category

Wines to have in front of the fire

Inevitably I will have a glass of something to quietly sip as the evening moves on. It could be a glass of something I may have had with supper or it could be something totally different.
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Friday 17th January 2014 | by Michael Jobling | posted in White Wines

Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and alternatives

Here are some ideas to held bridge the gap between Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, so you do not end up tiring of either of these grape varieties and your taste buds are not dulled by drinking the same stuff all the time.
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Tuesday 14th January 2014 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Food and Wine Matching

Matching food and wine

Matching food and wine can be a difficult task sometimes.
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Friday 10th January 2014 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Main Category

Decanting

As I sit at my dining room table catching up on my paperwork I see on my sideboard my collection of decanters.
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Tuesday 7th January 2014 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Food and Wine Matching

The cuboards were bare!

I didn't have a clue what I was going to have to eat for my supper and the cuboards were bare.
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Friday 3th January 2014 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Christmas

Post Christmas Blues

After all the excitement of Christmas and New Year things can fall a little flat. Apart from anything else I am now at the age that I can no longer party 24/7. Looking on the bright side of things, post festivities gives me the opportunity to give my body a rest.
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Tuesday 24th December 2013 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Christmas

Festive Greetings

We would just like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Happy and peaceful Christmas and New Year.
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Friday 20th December 2013 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Christmas

What I will be drinking this Christmas

As in every Christmas bubbles will feature! As you may have realised from previous scribblings I am very fond of Joseph Perrier Champagne and over the festive season I will be enjoying a glass or two.
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Tuesday 17th December 2013 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Christmas

Christmas Drinks Party Wines

Selecting wines for festive parties can be a bit of a mine field as there is so much to take into consideration. So to take the stress out of the situation and to quote Baldric from Blackadder "I have a cunning plan".
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Friday 13th December 2013 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Christmas

Top 10 Reds for Christmas

Here are some special red wines for Christmas, like the top 10 white wines, they do not necessarily have to be expensive, but they must have the quality and individuality that help make Christmas special:-
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Tuesday 10th December 2013 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Christmas

Top 10 Whites for Christmas

Here are some special whites for Christmas, they do not necessarily have to be expensive, but they must have the quality and individuality that helps make Christmas special:-
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Friday 6th December 2013 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Christmas

Stocking up for Christmas

Thinking of stocking up for Christmas, whether it's for parties or general festive drinking
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Friday 6th December 2013 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Christmas

Sparkling Wines for Chrstmas

Bubbles at Christmas. Bubbles tend to go hand in hand during the festive season.
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Tuesday 26th November 2013 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Christmas

Christmas Gifts for the person who has everything

I have had great fun collating this list of wines and spirit gift ideas for Christmas.
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Friday 22th November 2013 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Wine Tastings

The Top 10 Wines from our Annual Christmas Wine Tasting

What a great night we had on Tuesday, meeting up with old friends and a few new ones, sorry if any of you couldn't join us, but here is what you missed.
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Monday 18th November 2013 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Wine Tastings

Ploughing through the wines to show you at our Christmas Wine Tasting.

I have been ploughing through bottles and bottles of samples, all to consider which wines we hope to show you at our tasting in November.
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Friday 15th November 2013 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Food and Wine Matching

Children in Need

Radio 2, Chris Evans, Children in Need and the Dine and Disco Extravaganza
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Wednesday 6th November 2013 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Wine Tastings

Official Invitation

CHRISTMAS WINE TASTING
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Tuesday 29th October 2013 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Food and Wine Matching

The Great British Bake Off

So the Great British Bake Off has drawn to a close. The girl who I had backed failed to deliver, these things happen. But this means I can now concentrate on who is going to win Strictly.
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Tuesday 22th October 2013 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Wine Makers Dinners

James Burton @vallumcooking, Pop up Restaurant at the Rat Inn @ratales

Well we all had a great night at James Burton's pop up restaurant evening at the Rat Inn
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Friday 18th October 2013 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Wine Makers Dinners

Joseph Perrier Champagne Dinner

Joseph Perrier Champagne Dinner I am getting excited and my gastric juices are begining to flow at the thought of it. What is causing this you may well ask?
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Thursday 10th October 2013 | by Michael Jobling | posted in White Wines

The Savoy and Sauvignon Blanc

I had a real treat recently, thanks to an old family friend who now lives in the United States.
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Thursday 26th September 2013 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Wine Tastings

The date is set

The date is set ..... 19 November is the date for our Annual Christmas Wine Tasting at the Biscuit Factory.
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Friday 20th September 2013 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Main Category

The people you meet

One of the great things about the wine trade is the people you meet, whether it will be customers, fellow competitors or producers. The outcome is generally the same, you build up long term working realtionships and often friendships develop. The conduit for this is the love and appreciation of wine.
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Friday 13th September 2013 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Main Category

It is surprising who you meet at a lunch party!

Recenty I was invited by friends to join them for Sunday Lunch and what a lunch it was..... Beef Wellington was the main course, a carnivors delight!
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Tuesday 13th August 2013 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Main Category

Enjoying the lovely Weather

During this rather fine spell of weather we have been having I have been indulging in a bit of Alfresco dining
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Wednesday 24th July 2013 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Wine Makers Dinners

James Burton @ The Kitchen Garden

Last Friday night (19 July) was a memorable night! James Burton did a guest night at Emily Cookson's Kitchen Garden Cafe. Needless to say Jame's cooking was up to the mark, you can understand why he was a finalist in Masterchef last year.
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Thursday 11th July 2013 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Offers

Tidying up the Cellar

We have been having a tidy up in our cellar and look what we have found!!
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Wednesday 3th July 2013 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Producer Focus

Lets raise a glass to Hunters

When Jane Hunter's name comes up you always tend to associate her with award winning Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs. However, you forget that she has also been making award winning Rieslings since 1982.
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Wednesday 26th June 2013 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Main Category

Food, Wine & Sport

I have come to the conclusion that food, wine and sport unites nations.
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Wednesday 19th June 2013 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Wine Tastings

Drop in Tasting of Wines from Languedoc-Roussillon Region of France

Drop in Tasting of Wines from Languedoc-Roussillon Region of France at Cafe 21, Private Dining Room, Newcastle upon Tyne on Thursday 27th June 2013 18:30pm
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Friday 14th June 2013 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Main Category

At long last our new Wine List

We think we have found some gems – as well as the odd quirky one!
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Wednesday 5th June 2013 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Main Category

Addicted to Languedoc-Roussillon

I think I have become addicted to the wines from Languedoc-Roussillon region of France.
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Thursday 16th May 2013 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Red Wines

In the rack Reds

Finally "in the rack reds". I will be using the same ground rules as the fridge door whites. However with reds I think you have to be more aware of seasonality, bigger heavier duty reds for winter, lighter fruitier reds for summer. Having said that the way our weather patterns seem to be these days that theory is more difficult to put into practise!
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Wednesday 27th March 2013 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Main Category

EASTER

Ok, ok, ok, sorry I know this should be "in the rack reds" but Easter is looming and look at the weather - it's meant to be Spring for goodness sake!
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Wednesday 20th March 2013 | by Michael Jobling | posted in White Wines

Fridge Door Whites

It got me thinking, what selection I would have available to offer friends if they popped in and fancied a glass of something or I needed something to put in the cooking but could also enjoy a glass with the finished article.
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Friday 8th March 2013 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Main Category

I think I must be a modern man

I think I must be a modern man.
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Wednesday 27th February 2013 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Main Category

Survived Valentines day?

I had a text from a customer stating that her partner had opened a bottle of Joseph Perrier Rose and that had saved the day!
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Thursday 7th February 2013 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Producer Focus

Banyuls Baillaury & Chateau Lasfons

Whilst tasting the new vintages of the wines I spotted a Muscat de Rivesaltes and a 5 year old Banyuls called Baillarury. Not only did these wines catch my eye but also my taste buds!
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Friday 18th January 2013 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Wine Tastings

Casa Silva Portfolio Tasting

A chance to taste the most exciting and rare examples of Chile’s signature variety, Carmenere, also, sublime blends from the country’s number one producer, Casa Silva.
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Wednesday 19th December 2012 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Christmas

All I want for Christmas

You must think this is a bit of an odd list – you could well be right, however theren are reasons behind my selection.
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Friday 7th December 2012 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Christmas

Wine Advent Calender

We have had really great fun creating our alternative wine Advent Calender.
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Monday 3th December 2012 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Main Category

A Wine Merchant Abroad Part 2

The following day we were up early by our standards as we had two visits both in opposite directions to our apartment.
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Monday 26th November 2012 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Main Category

A Wine Merchant Abroad

When wine merchants go to visit suppliers abroad it is generally at the invitation of the UK agents or the actual properties themselves. Either case they tend to be flying visits with as much time as possible tasting wines and viewing the cellars and vineyards - It is great fun and very informative but hardly relaxing!
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Thursday 22th November 2012 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Christmas

Tasting Sheet & Christmas Gifts

Sorry you couldn't make our Christmas Wine Tasting.
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Thursday 8th November 2012 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Wine Tastings

Our Wine Tasting & Champagne Tutored Tasting with Martin Gamman MW

Just a gentle reminder the date has been set and its tomorrow!! We are delighted the Martin Gamman Master of Wine, is coming to visit us to guide us through Champagne styles.
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Wednesday 17th October 2012 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Wine Makers Dinners

Wine Makers Dinner hosted by Jame's MacDonald of Hunter's, New Zealand

We have a long association with Hunter's Wines in New Zealand and have been selling their wines for the past 22 years. We are delighted to be welcoming James on his first trip to the North East and to The Rat Inn.
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Tuesday 18th September 2012 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Red Wines

My Favourite Grape Variety

I am often asked what is my favourite wine and I must confess I have great difficulty coming up with an answer. My reply depends on what my mood is at the time, however when it comes to grape varieties I find it much easier.
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Monday 9th July 2012 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Wine Tastings

Riesling Masterclass

Which Riesling is the one for you?
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Wednesday 27th June 2012 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Main Category

All we need now is a spell of good weather

I am not thinking sun tan lotion here, but more red wines I can drink and enjoy chilled!!
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Wednesday 13th June 2012 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Producer Focus

Champagne Joseph Perrier

Absolutely delighted with these great reviews from Wine Spectator
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Friday 8th June 2012 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Producer Focus

Domaines Barons de Rothschild

This tasting we will be concentrating on their wines from Argentina and Chile with an old world comparison from Chateau d'Aussieres in Corbieres. Hosting this event and guiding us through the wines will be Andrew Napier a Director of DBR Wines.
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Tuesday 17th April 2012 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Wine Makers Dinners

Chilean Wine Dinner

Michael has carefully selected 5 wines to accompany a menu created by Ian Lowrey, of Cafe Lowry, Ponteland.
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Tuesday 10th April 2012 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Main Category

It’s a Dirty Job…

It’s a Dirty Job… But someone has to do it!
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Thursday 22th March 2012 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Wine Tastings

Wine Tastings

Wine Tastings are a great way of getting a group of people together to have a chat, socialise, network or just have a few giggles together.
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Tuesday 6th March 2012 | by Michael Jobling | posted in White Wines

A b c!!

Anything But Chardonnay!!
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Tuesday 10th January 2012 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Main Category

Lets look forward to Valentines Day

This time of the year need not be all doom and gloom. We can look forward to Valentine’s Day on February 14th. I think the world would be a better place if we can all be kinder and courteous to each other.
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Thursday 1th December 2011 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Christmas

Wine as an Investment

I think once wine becomes an investment it loses its soul. With the financial markets being in constant turmoil people are looking for alternatives to put their savings. Inevitably wine will pop up as a good way to get a good return on your cash.
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Friday 9th September 2011 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Main Category

Macmillan - not coffee - Wine!!

All in the name of charity!!
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Friday 9th September 2011 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Main Category

When did I start taking an interest in wine?

Recently I was doing some research for a talk I was giving on wine matching with food. Trawling through my collection of books I came across one I had not used for some time, “The Taste of Wine” by Pamela Vandyke Price.
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Monday 8th August 2011 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Main Category

Two Glasses of Wine

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 glasses of wine...
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Tuesday 28th June 2011 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Main Category

Absolute Corkers

If all be true that I do think, There are five reasons we should drink: Good wine, a friend, or being dry Or lest we should be by and by, Or any other reason why. - Henry Aldrich
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Thursday 12th May 2011 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Main Category

An Alternative to Bordeaux

In Bordeaux they are claiming the 2010 vintage being another magical vintage to run alongside the fabulous 2009.
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Wednesday 13th April 2011 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Food and Wine Matching

Wine fit for Royals

With the Royal Wedding looming up the royalists amongst us may well be thinking of organising a party to celebrate the event. For the republicans you may wish to use the extra bank holiday to have a party anyway!
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Thursday 3th March 2011 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Producer Focus

Chateau Musar

Chateau Musar Chateau Musar have just finished celebrating 80 years of producing wine in the Bekaa Valley.
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Thursday 10th February 2011 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Offers

Valentines Offer

We have become a nation who now drink Rose Wines all year round. It used to be the case that Rose was only enjoyed when the sun came out!
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Thursday 13th January 2011 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Food and Wine Matching

Comfort Food and Comfort Wine

This cold snap of weather we have been having recently has got me thinking of comfort food and comfort wine - it's that time of year.
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Friday 3th December 2010 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Christmas

What I will be drinking for Christmas

What I will be drinking for Christmas is a bit of a difficult question this year, as I will be celebrating with my sister in the Lake District. I love her dearly and she is a very good cook. However she does have a tendancy to go off on tangents
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Wednesday 10th November 2010 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Wine Tastings

Mas de Daumas Gassac

Wow what a busy time we have been having - it is great. Last weekend Samuel Guilbert from Mas de Daumas Gassac called in to see us. We were delighted to see him and hear his latest news from the vineyard and from the family.
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Friday 8th October 2010 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Food and Wine Matching

Pear Tarte Tatin

What a fantastic night we had on Monday with Jane Hunter. The food, wine and company were all fantastic. For dessert the pastry chef Claire russled up a Pear Tarte Tatin for us all and I have insisted she give us the recipe.
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Thursday 16th September 2010 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Main Category

National Grenache Day

24 September 2010 has been declared National Grenache Week! I do not need any encouragement to drink wines made from the Grenache grape - I love it!
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Wednesday 14th July 2010 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Main Category

The Correct Temperature

A glass or two of wine is an ideal partner while enjoying alfresco dining in your garden or on your patio. However I would like to question how much thought is given to serving the wine at the correct temperature. People tend to overchill whites and over heat reds!
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Monday 19th April 2010 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Food and Wine Matching

Wine and Cheese Matching

I recently did a tutored tasting and talk at the Living North Fair at Gosforth Park Racecourse in Newcastle.
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Friday 22th January 2010 | by Michael Jobling | posted in Christmas

Port is not just for Christmas

Port is traditionally drunk during the winter months, which I personally think is sad. There are numerous styles which can easily be drunk all year round, so much so, I am thinking of starting a crusade with the mantra “Port is not just for Christmas”.
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