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Bordeaux 2009 – views so far April 3, 2010

Filed under: Bordeaux 2009 — WineBear @ 12:55 pm

Bordeaux 2009 – Our plans

Filed under: Bordeaux 2009 — WineBear @ 12:21 pm

We will be jetting off to Bordeaux of the 12th April for 3 further days of intense tastings.  We are guests of CVBG one of Bordeaux leading and oldest (1840) negociants which will not only ensure us access to all the great chateaux but more importantly when the wines get released, great allocations.

This year our aim is to video interview the top 30 winemakers from Lafite and the 1st growths; Cheval, Ausone and the St Emilion class A; to the ever popular Leovilles, Pontet Canets, Lynch Bages etc.

If you are interested in following us to receive our tasting updates, watchthe videos and most importantly get the offers as soon as they are released from chateaux then please complete a wish list of estates that are of interest.

Every person who submits a wishlist will also be emailed a voucher code that will discount their en-primeur purchases by 5% and we hope very much that this will make our prices the most competitive in the UK

The wish list page will be complete and ready for use at 12pm, Wednesday 7th April.  It is different to other merchant’s lists as it will link to tasting notes on previous vintages, link to in depth region descriptions, give a price comparisons with the last great vintage, 2005 and estimate 2009 release prices.

We hope not only that you will have access to all the info to choose the right wines but that along with the option to pay by credit card (and the consumer protection that brings) you will feel truly confident in purchasing your Bordeaux 2009 wines through us.

If you have any particular questions please contact us directly.


The start, website shop operational!

Filed under: General wine news — WineBear @ 11:47 am

So the wine website is now operational and we feel it is about 60% complete. To users though it seems to be atleast 90% complete and just missing a few wine descriptions and bottle/label shots. This means that actually there are still lots of new improvements to come and the most recent will be the addition of media content i.e. assoicated news, blogs, pods, cids, pics etc. You’ll be able to find these next to each product and region and we hope this will keep you upto date and learning about all things vinous.

Our own wine videos are coming thick and fast, we have the first 6 winemaker videos to edit for the blog over the next 2 weeks. These will be with Moric – Austria, Rusden  – Australia, Pietracupa & Gallardi – Italy, Mullineux & Bon Cap – South Africa.  Please be kind to us when viewing as although the equipment is great we are really still learning about everything such as; lighting, setting,  interview style, length of video etc. In time we will allow you all to comment on the videos and so help us develop them in a way that is most pleasing, informative and viewer friendly.

As the webshop develops, one thing to keep in mind is that at our heart, we are just an independent wine merchant and although the aim of the site is to offer all needed to make purchases in confidence, there is still a human (Richard) on hand to help through the old tried and tested methods; by phone 0207 223 0959 or by email:

For instance just this week a customer found us when searching Google for a particular wine.  He phoned to ask if we could better our price as it was a bulk purchase for a wedding. This was greatfully receivied and we gladly offered to him the best retail price for that wine anywhere in the UK.

The point is that however we can, we’ll gladly  ‘carry that case’ the extra mile for you!