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Peter McCombie’s 2021 Christmas Selection

This month we asked our Portfolio Ambassador, Peter McCombie MW, to recommend his top wines from our portfolio for drinking this Christmas, which come from our agencies Nino Negri (Valtellina, Italy), Tenuta Sant’Antonio (Valpolicella, Italy) and Hentley Farm (Barossa Valley, Australia). He explains why they are such perfect choices at Christmas time, and picks the brains of their winemakers

Peter McCombie’s 2021 Christmas Selection2021-11-29T12:16:21+00:00

Trade Talk: Adaptation In a Post-Covid & Brexit Landscape

We are all well aware of the challenges and obstacles to recovery that the wine industry has continued to endure throughout 2021, through a toxic combination of ongoing Covid restrictions, Brexit and supply chain issues. But exactly how have wine producers in Europe and beyond fared, and how are they adapting as a business in the face of these?

Trade Talk: Adaptation In a Post-Covid & Brexit Landscape2021-11-09T11:14:05+00:00

Just what are the new Chianti guidelines about?!

By C&C's Portfolio Ambassador, Peter McCombie MW Earlier this year the Consorzio of Chianti Classico  agreed to a proposal to divide the historic wine region into 11 subzones, or official additional geographical units, named in Italian unità geografiche aggiuntive (UGAs). But what does this really mean, both for producers, their winemakers, and consumers? Our Portfolio Ambassador Peter McCombie MW

Just what are the new Chianti guidelines about?!2021-10-18T13:28:08+00:00

Rioja Wine Month – In discussion with Bodegas Sonsierra’s Rafa Usoz

Founded in 1962, and named ‘Cooperative of the Year’ by Tim Atkin MW in his Rioja Special Report 2019 & 2021, Bodegas Sonsierra is the best-known producer in San Vincente de la Sonsierra, the most awarded wine producing town in Rioja and Spain. With over 1,500 vineyards, ranging from 400–750 metres above sea level, the winery either directly

Rioja Wine Month – In discussion with Bodegas Sonsierra’s Rafa Usoz2021-10-13T16:22:52+00:00

September Featured Producer Tasting – DAOU Family Estates

Following our first two successful virtual tasting events hosted by our producers and C&C's Portfolio Ambassador Peter McCombie MW, on Tuesday 21st September we were delighted to host our third monthly Featured Producer Virtual tasting, this time featuring our multi award-winning Californian agency DAOU Family Estates. Peter hosted the event with Daniel Daou, who in addition to founding

September Featured Producer Tasting – DAOU Family Estates2021-09-22T17:00:18+00:00

Getting to Grips with Garnacha

C&C's Portfolio Ambassador, Peter McCombie MW examines the merits of this often overlooked variety, and speaks to renowned Aragon-based Garnacha expert and leading winemaker, Jorge Navascués.. These days it seems we want more authenticity, especially when we eat and drink. Yet, when it comes to wine, international grapes can seem ubiquitous, especially in the

Getting to Grips with Garnacha2021-09-22T16:27:39+00:00
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