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May the Fourth be with you

May the fourth be with you…. Yes indeed this is a reference to the unofficial holiday celebrated by all Star Wars fans....now I am not a closet Storm Trooper or Trekkie... but I am partial to a good bit of Sci-Fi and was surprised at the supposed first use of the above phrase in print.  Do you know? (and do you care?)… Back in 1979, none other than the great Margaret Thatcher was supposedly welcomed into office by a congratulatory message saying… “May the Fourth Be with You, Maggie. Congratulations." The message was reportedly placed by the Conservative party in a London Newspaper…. now there are a...

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Spring has Sprung!

Spring has Sprung! The clocks went back a while ago, the first buds of spring are now bunches of flowers and the sun has arrived for our typical English summer (April). So traditionally it’s out with the old and in with the new! At Red Bottle Towers we have worked ceaselessly over the cold winter months to find some new wines to tickle your taste buds. Not just ordinary wines, when tasting a few hundred at various tastings with our major importers, these had to shock us out of our reverie by their personality, quality and charm.  This winter there...

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An evening with Daenerys!

An evening with Daenerys! This winter it has been ferociously wet and windy outside and I am cold! A feeling that most of us have in the UK between 1850 and 2016…. Oh! well ok… maybe just October to March each year…. So what do you do?         Better still, what do you drink? This winter Harry finally decided to bow to popular opinion (he’d ignored mine) and catch up with Game of Thrones. So we found ourselves more often than not getting in early from work, far too early for ‘She’ and therefore a fire was lit and we...

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Wine Trip to Chile

Chilean Wine Trip 2015   Ok, so it isn’t straightforward flying to Chile, there are no direct flights from the UK, so in the end we chose an evening hop over to Madrid followed by a fantastic Albarino (Mar de Frades, in a stylish blue bottle – will get some in!) in the Iberia club lounge and then the overnight flight arriving in Santiago around 9ish in the morning… Santiago was hot and dry and exciting, from the Central Fish Market and restaurant with its bite-size empanada’s and cold beer to enliven us through to a visit to La Piojera,...

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Wine, a sense of place and time...

One of the joys of wine is that sense of place and time they can give you. Either through travel, food or even a local Italian restaurant wines often typify the culture and people that have created them. French wines often have a certain restrained grace about them, which makes them very good for food, so we remember them with friends and social events. Spanish and Italian wines often have that hot-blooded and vivid style of sun and sea, often encountered first on holidays, Spanish wines always remind me of hot summers, and Italian hearty Tuscan meals. Australian wines, well.....

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