Want Unique Wine Gifts? Check Out Uncommon Goods Online

Feb 19, 15 Want Unique Wine Gifts? Check Out Uncommon Goods Online

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I often surf around the web just to see what kinds of wine related gifts there are out there for wine geeks (ahem, a certain Winesleuth is having a birthday soon, just saying).  I recently came across this lovely website that features quirky but stylish wine-themed gifts. You can have a look at some of their offerings here. The aim of the site is to showcase creative designs and offer high quality goods at reasonable prices. Uncommon Goods is the name of the site and after looking around, I can say they have a pretty cool selection of stuff. The site was originally created to act as a showcase for “…the creativity and the expression of individuality (which) represent two great human treasures. (They) have set out to create a business that makes uncommon goods accessible to everyone…” I like that idea and am glad to see unique artists and designers get the recognition they deserve. Another thing I liked about the site is that they are committed to working in harmony with the environment. All of their merchandise is produced without harming any animals and they donate a portion of each order to your choice of these non-profit organizations: American Forests, Women for Women International, City Harvest, and the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN). I think that’s pretty nifty and it makes me feel good that I’m helping others out with my purchase. So, not only can I buy cool wine glasses, like these, but I’m also helping out a host of others. Although Uncommon Goods are based in NY, they can ship to over 100 countries. Check out their website for shipping options. As for me, I’m eyeing a certain decanter… Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInPocketRedditGoogleTumblrEmailPrintPinterestLike this:Like...

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Decanter’s Italian Fine Wine Encounter next weekend (May 10,2014)

May 01, 14 Decanter’s Italian Fine Wine Encounter next weekend (May 10,2014)

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Next weekend, May 10th, is Decanter’s Italian Fine Wine Encounter. I always enjoy going to these events because it’s the perfect opportunity to meet and taste some fabulous Italian wines. I love Italian wine but sadly, I never seem to have the time to really get to know them. Decanter’s tasting serves as a good reminder of all that Fine Italian wine has to offer. This year, the event is going to be held at the centrally located Lancaster Hotel, almost directly across from Marble Arch tube station. There are going to be more than 300 wines on offer in the Grand Tasting room including many iconic Italian wine producers. As well as the Grand Tasting, there are going to be  a number of Masterclasses – tutored tastings so that you can really get to grips with Italian wines. Looking at the list, I’m very interested in the Barolo masterclass, I always forget how fascinating those wines are. If masterclasses aren’t your thing, there will also be a series of informal tastings featuring 6 wines in the Discovery Theatre. The theatre is going to be run by my friends over at Vini Italiani so I know that they’ll not only be a lot of fun but also very informative. There will also be book signings by Monty Walden of the Chateau Monty TV series and Ian d’Agata author of Native Wine Grapes of Italy by the bookstand. I go to the tasting almost every year and it’s always good fun and serves as a reminder that I really do need to get cracking on my Italian wine knowledge. So many wine regions, so little time…. For more information on where to buy your tickets, visit the Decanter website.     Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInPocketRedditGoogleTumblrEmailPrintPinterestLike this:Like...

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Decanter Fine Wine Encounter, this weekend, Nov. 17-18

It’s that time of year again, yes, time for the Decanter Fine Wine Encounter! I went to the last one in the Spring which was the Italian Fine Wine Encounter so I can tell you that they are fantastic events. The last one was at the gorgeous Landmark Hotel in Marylebone and this weekend’s event will also be held there. Decanter puts on wine masterclasses as well as a grand tasting so if you’re into your Fine Wine, you really shouldn’t miss it. This year, over 600 of the world’s finest wineries will be there including Champagne Taittinger, Casa Marin, Fontodi, Meerlust and Château D’Issan.  Saturday is sold out but Sunday sessions are still available, which include the following: 11am Château Figeac Speaker: Comte Eric d’Aramon, owner − 1.30pm Henschke Speaker: Johann Henschke, winemaker − 3pm Wine Grapes: A complete guide to 1,368 vine varieties, their origins and flavours Speakers: Authors Jancis Robinson OBE MW, Dr José Vouillamoz and Julia Harding MW So what are you waiting for, tickets for Sunday will be available on the door and cost £55 per person. Masterclass and entry, £95 When: Saturday, November 17th SOLD OUT, Tickets still available on the door for Sunday, November 18th 11am to 5pm Where: Landmark Hotel, 222 Marylebone Road, London NW1 6JQ, UK Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInPocketRedditGoogleTumblrEmailPrintPinterestLike this:Like...

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Decanter Italian Fine Wine Encounter this weekend

May 16, 12 Decanter Italian Fine Wine Encounter this weekend

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It’s that time of  year, the Decanter Italian Fine Wine Encounter. I always seem to miss it but this year for whatever serendipitous reason, I am in town and looking forward to attending the event. I had a look at some of the producers attending and some of the big boys will be there, including Castello di Banfi and Isole di Olena, there will be plenty on offer. I am looking forward to trying some of the smaller producers as well. There are going to be over 300 producers on show so there is bound to be a hidden gem amongst the fine wines. There are also going to be various masterclasses available, including Marchesi Antinori, Allegrini and Barolo 2005 – should be good and I’m sure they will have some cracking vintages on tasting. And, last but not least, there will be food and wine matching classes on offer. Tickets are still on sale, £40 per person for entry to the event at The Landmark Hotel in Central London. For more info on the masterclasses and food and wine matching events, visit  http://www.decanter.com/events or call 020 3148 4513. See you there! Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInPocketRedditGoogleTumblrEmailPrintPinterestLike this:Like...

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Chatting with Steven Spurrier about the 2011 Decanter Wine Awards

The winners of the 2011 Decanter Wine Awards were announced at the recent London International Wine Fair. I’ve always been vaguely aware of the awards but never really paid much attention to them, I must admit. Oh sure, I would register the Decanter stickers on wine bottles in the shops but it never influenced my buying decisions in any significant way. That is until I  got the chance to chat with founder of the awards, Steven Spurrier at the LIWF. What I found was that the awards were not devised as some sort of wine trade accolade but were begun as a way for consumers to be assured they were buying quality wines in the marketplace. Steven pointed out that Decanter is a consumer magazine so it only makes sense that they give out awards that reward not only quality and value for money but also flag wines that might otherwise be overlooked. They look for wines that are the “new kids on the block” and so would be of excellent quality and good value for money at the same time. He sees the awards as the “engine that powers the wine trade, (the awards) are the engine room of the wine trade ship.”I asked him what were the surprises of this years awards and he was very enthusiastic about China (“…they’ve got 5000 years of history, it’s no fluke that they got a gold medal this year, they deserved it”), India (“getting better but no gold medal yet…”) and Thailand and Cambodia (…”extraordinary wine culture. The awards are here to recognize quality at any stage of the game…”). I’d like to point out that I tasted and wrote about the Thai winery GranMonte  a few months ago when I had the pleasure of trying their wines during Bordeaxu en primeur. Their wines won 2 silvers, 1 bronze and 1 commendation in the 2011 Decanter Awards. It won’t be long now before winemaker Nikki Lohitnavy gets a gold, I think. This year Decanter received...

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