Category Archives: General Musings
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 Wieteke Teppema. Published September 28th, 2012.
Over many years spent working as a sommelier I definitely saw a rise in requests to bring your own wine to restaurants. It is not only a response to harder times – if you have a good bottle nothing you cook at home will do it justice (at least not if you cook like I [...]
by Joe Gilmour. Published September 18th, 2012.
What? Who? And, more to the point, why? When you have been working in wine for a while, or have an enthusiastic interest, you can usually decipher a restaurant list pretty quickly. While most well-adjusted diners have made a quick choice, you’re scrutinising it for the hidden value that never appears, making a guess as to [...]
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 Matteo Lupi. Published August 20th, 2012.
One of the best parts of my job is visiting restaurants with our wine producers. There is always a fascinating interaction between the buyers (highly trained professionals) and the producers (highly passionate winemakers). The sheer knowledge you can gain by just sitting next to a winemaker all day is astounding. On one of my latest [...]
by Ben Greene. Published August 7th, 2012.
Here at robersonwine.com we spend a lot of time trying to make using our site as pleasingly straightforward as possible. But ours is not the only way. Across the Channel the French have turned the style-is-all website into a fine art. And the crème de la crème of these Masters of Flash are the Champagne [...]
by Wieteke Teppema. Published August 1st, 2012.
I recently read an article deconstructing the wine label which brings up a topic that has always slightly grated with me: the design of wine labels, and their lack of inspiration. Enter the natural wine movement. OK so it’s a bit of a political hot potato, dividing the industry into lovers and haters – it’s our [...]
by Adam Green. Published July 30th, 2012.
One of our most exciting discoveries of the last twelve months has been the wines of Jamie Kutch: Pinot Noir which demonstrates the exemplary quality that can be achieved in Sonoma. While staying in Sonoma for a couple of weeks earlier in the year I was really intrigued to see how carefully growers and producers mapped their [...]
by Charlie Johnston. Published July 26th, 2012.
Since I started last August, there has been quite a transformation at our warehouse in Fulham. We have totally rearranged the layout and made a few snazzy changes to improve the way our wines are stored. Fine wine is now held in our newly renovated temperature-controlled showroom, which has a setting and mood that E.L. James can only dream of. [...]
by Simon Sharich. Published July 26th, 2012.
I was in my kitchen a couple of weeks ago talking Olympics tickets with my flatmate. I had none, but was airing a somewhat dreamy preference that, if I could have a ticket to anything, the Women’s Beach Volleyball seemed a pretty attractive choice. Amazingly, the reply came back that she had already acquired two [...]