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A modern twist of the classic Duck a l’Orange.

It’s a flavour explosion and a taste revelation when accompanied by a glass of 2021 HAWKSHEAD ‘Reserve’ Pinot Noir.

The Tanager Tangle

We are intrigued with ancestry at the moment, so I thought to have a closer look at the beautiful bird drawings on our labels. They were done quite a while ago, around 1841, and major upheaval has happened in the Natural World since; just think of Darwin’s evolution theory and our modern DNA sequencing. I promptly discovered that our lovely drawings also suffered an identity crisis and discovered one unfortunate fact.

the Riesling enigma

It is quite hard to know where to start when contemplating Riesling. Let us begin with the history of the wine, followed by some wine facts on potential ageing and finish trying to explain why we can start a dinner with a bone dry Riesling and finish the dinner enjoying a Noble Riesling dessert wine....And have you heard about Red Riesling?

to Gris or to Grigio, that is the question

Fetch yourself a glass of wine, make sure you are comfortable; there is a lot to read. Let us start with the difference between Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris?

Reviews our current releases

We enjoy reading Candice Chows and Raymond Chan Wine Reviews. Candice has extensive wine knowledge through her many years of working in the hospitality industry. She beautifully grasps the complimentary interaction between wine and food in a wonderfully creative way.

Why the Hawkshead Pinot Blanc should be top of your wine tasting list this summer

There is nothing quite as refreshing as a cool glass of light, fruit-driven wine on a warm summer day. This summer, the top of your list should be the Hawkshead Pinot Blanc. The aromas of ripe stone fruits, hints of citrus and a touch of sweet spice makes for the perfect social drink at any time of the day. 

Self Pollination (Viticulture 101)

Grape vines can self-pollinate, they have both male and female reproductive characteristics and don’t need bees for pollination.  A notable exception to the rule. But what many people don’t know is that flowering grape vines have the most delicious faint fragrance.  Unworldly at dawn on a still morning.

To Mull or not to mull? A Wine option in winter.

Mulled Wine, around the globe, its expressed as many unique names and styles; glögg in Sweden, glühwein in Germany and grzaniec galicyjski in Poland. The list goes on, but the one thing that remains alike; it's served warm, infused with spices and guaranteed to warm the cockles on a wintery day.

Steven Spurrier, The Instigator

Remember the 2008 comedy-drama film Bottle Shock? With Alan Wiseman in the title role? No, can't blame you it's a long time ago, and the movie wasn't that great. The real true story is exceptional. A classic tug of war between old world wines vs New World wines, France vs the US.

The World through Rosé tinted glasses

Rosé,Often associated with all things chic, class and glamour or with a relaxed, easy-going lifestyle and so much more.

Is yellow the happiest colour? By Elie Gordon

There’s no disputing the fact that it’s one of the most beautiful colours in nature.

Fritz - part two

Just a reminder what had happed to Fritz. On Easter Sunday Fritz crawled out of our garden hedge with his hind legs paralysed. The timing couldn’t been worst. Denis and myself were away and our trusted dog sitters had to deal with the trauma.
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