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by Marc Ditcham. Published May 8th, 2013.
If I had a pound for every time someone made the unfounded presumption that my job automatically gives me carte blanche to drink wine all day, I would be a few quid better off. Contrary to the shared belief held by my family, friends and the rest of the U.K. populace, working in the wine [...]
by Marc Ditcham. Published September 18th, 2012.
A trip to Scotland is not complete without a visit to one of the many whisky distilleries distributed throughout the country, so it should come as no surprise to hear that I found myself at the door of the Oban distillery on a recent holiday to the North. Sharing its name with that of the [...]
by Marc Ditcham. Published September 17th, 2012.
With suit pressed, shoes polished, 2 x Decanter World Wine Awards invites in hand, the promise of a Champagne reception, trophy-winning wine, great company, great food and the possibility of winning the Best London Wine Merchant title, it had all the makings of a perfect evening. Unfortunately, my date was not a beautiful trophy wife [...]
by Marc Ditcham. Published February 7th, 2012.
On the 1st February, Joe (the retail manager) and I were cordially invited by LVMH to a trade tasting of the new and much anticipated release of the Dom Pérignon 2003 held at the Phillips de Pury & Company auction house/art exhibition hall. Unlike the official launch held on the 7th December 2011 where the [...]
by Marc Ditcham. Published September 22nd, 2011.
Wandering Champagne connoisseur Marc Ditcham continues his epic two day journey with a visit to Veuve Clicquot. Missed part one? Catch up now… The next morning I woke early to a stifling room and a groggy head, not helped by the defunct air conditioning unit and certainly not helped by the whisky sours and the [...]
by Marc Ditcham. Published September 15th, 2011.
Having been fortunate enough to be invited to join Moet Hennessy on a trip to Reims, Champagne in March I thought it was time to reflect and to share my experience of visiting two of the truly great Grand Marques; Ruinart and Veuve Cliquot. For many, waking up early on a Monday morning to face [...]