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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 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 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 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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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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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 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 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 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 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 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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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