Dm Dubreil-Fontaine tasting cellar, Pernand Vergelesses
Gosset tasting salon, Champagne
View from Seresin cellar door, Marlborough
Dm Michel Voarick tasting and wine sales, Aloxe Corton
Wine tasting and buying
We select the wine area in which to taste based on its reputation for excellent wine, at both ends of the price spectrum.
Deciding where to taste is somewhat tricky. In broad terms we are serendipitous, preferring the satisfaction of discovering excellent wine by ourselves, and maybe having it confirmed by the wine critics.
Where we have been able to identify in advance excellent producers and get our wine trade contacts to arrange a tasting we do so. However no more than 1 or 2 a trip as these events can consume several hours.
If through research we can identify producers to visit we list them and look out for them when in their village. But so often we cannot locate them. On occasion we will come across their phone numbers and phone ahead to book a tasting.
But most often we cruise the streets looking for places that look good and sell wine. Over the years we have learned that if the establishment looks like a tip its wines taste like it too. So, well cared for, loved, flowers, shabby in the great French style, are all indicators of good wine.
We only buy from above average vintages. The aim is to get drinking wine (excellent, value for money at below €10) and occasional bottles of excellent wines that are the top of the producer’s range but usually cost considerably more. Thus we achieve a reasonable average cost for the wine we purchase.