Guerrilla winemakers

One wine, in one place, for one year only. It's hard enough making wine in the same place each year, so as winemaking philosophies go it doesn’t get much more ambitious. But since graduating three years ago with degrees in winemaking Nick Jones and Leah de Felice Renton have stuck to it. As a result, their output is unusually disparate; so far the range of wines that they bottle under their Wine…

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Mr Vine Tasting Panel #3: The results

Here are the top five wines from a tasting of 14 at the last Mr Vine panel tasting. This is the first time we've had the two top spots bagged by the same producer - Domaine Lafond Roc-Epine from the Southern Rhône appellation of Lirac. These were entered by Nickolls & Perks, an excellent independent merchant based in Stourbridge near Birmingham that's been run by the same family since 1797.…

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Wine matching: oeufs en cocotte

  The recipe 250g small mushrooms wiped clean 50g butter 4 free range eggs 500ml double cream 30g freshly grated Parmesan cheese salt and pepper French baguette, toasted to serve A drizzle of truffle oil, optional Serves 4 Preheat the oven to 180c/160c fan-assisted.Thinly slice the mushrooms or chop roughly if any are large. Melt the butter in a frying pan and as soon as it stops foaming…

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Mr Vine Tasting Panel #2: The results

The second Mr Vine Panel Tasting was another eclectic mix of wines from a variety of different independent wine merchants. The panel and I ploughed our way through 14 different bottles, and these are the five we thought most worthy of your attention. The Oxford Wine Company performed particularly strongly, bagging three of the top places. The top wine of the tasting was totally stunning and…

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