August 8, 2019

Every year in the town of Haro, thousands of people make their way to one of Spain’s best loved vineyards, all ready to participate in the annual wine battle. Haro is located in the heart of the Rioja wine growing region.

The battle has one main goal; to ensure that you...

July 12, 2019

For what seems like forever, the word has been that mixing wine and spirits was a no-no, but that was before Echo Falls came up with their new tropical tipple. For a divine taste of summer holidays, try their combination of white wine and rum; it’s practically bursting...

July 11, 2019

At B&C we are always interested in the latest research in all things booze. A recent scientific study  by a British-Danish-French-Spanish and German team, looked at the genetics of grape pips from the Iron Age, Roman and medieval era. The grape pips came from sites acr...

July 10, 2019

It’s nice to know that we are aren’t the only generation who are keen on recycling. This 2000 year old marble head of the Roman god, Bacchus, was discovered by archaeologists in a medieval wall.

The bust would have originally been part of a large statue, probably dating...

June 23, 2019

Blackbook Winery have developed a wine which they claim is the first: “London-grown, London-made wine since Roman times.” Aptly named, Tamesis, Latin for the River Thames, the wine is a single vineyard still wine produced from Bacchus grapes, grown at Forty Hall Vineya...

June 12, 2019

Transatlantic crossings are not new news unless, of course, you are 72 year old, French adventurer, Jean-Jacques Savin, who set sail on the 26th December 2018 from the Canary Islands in a three metre long wine barrel. Not only did he go in a unique vehicle, he intended...

April 13, 2019

Off the coast of Cornwall, an exciting expedition is afoot, surveying a WWI ship that was torpedoed in 1918. The British ship was on route from Bordeaux to the UK with its cargo of wine when it had an unfortunate encounter with a German U-boat. A team of maritime and a...

March 9, 2019

Whilst the famous couple may no longer be together, they do still jointly own Château Miraval.  The estate is 500 hectares and reportedly cost the couple $60 million in 2011. They launched Miraval Rosé in 2012 and within five hours of the release of its first 6,000 bot...

January 19, 2019

Mixing two great ways to relax

The world of beauty treatments and pampering goodies was long the preserve of the ladies, but no longer: this is an equal opportunities domain these days. For many, downtime and finding ways to relax, can include having a massage, popping...

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