Spring is all about new beginnings, a glorious time of rebirth and renewal. A good time to adjust and recalibrate the palate! I have picked out some perfect everyday drinkers that certainly have a spring in their step and a few must-haves to compl more

6 Mar 2018 11:18 Food

A both seasonal and relentless cycle, with late spring/early summer offering a hint of what’s to come… As a wine importer and merchant, I am totally beholden to the skills of wine makers, as indeed they are dependent on the weather. In short, the wi more

13 Feb 2018 13:30 Drinks

It doesn’t have to be boring - there are lots of alternatives to booze! Following a very merry Christmas, are you in the first few days of a self-imposed ‘dry’ January? In 2017 a YouGov survey showed that 5 million Britons took part in this annual e more

9 Jan 2018 11:28 Drinks

Richard Smith, Managing Director of Dartmoor Brewery, commented: “Our ales have always had a strong following in the South West, and we are now extending our coverage outside the region where the appeal of craft ales is just as strong. We ha more

Business News

Elizabeth and her husband Jeremy, have spent 17 years cultivating organic produce and in 2016 the couple launched ‘The Bere Brewery’. Elizabeth, known to her friends as Buffy, and her husband Jeremy, believe in a principled, idealistic life, in tun more

Local People

The Dartmoor Real Ale Trail is the real ale drinkers’ guide to Dartmoor pubs, featuring over 35 pubs on and around the moor. Launched by Lisa Jenkins and Julian Tarrant-Boyce, owners of local business Dartmoor Accommodation, the Dartmoor Real Ale Tra more

5 Dec 2017 13:41 Drinks

The Wembury restaurant at Boringdon Hall in Plympton has been refurbished and is set to relaunch this weekend with a new menu and new name. The Mayflower Brasserie opens on Saturday 2nd December, with the new name celebrating the historical links to more

5 Dec 2017 10:18 Community News

The banquet will take place on Friday 26th January 2018, and be held in the prestigious Great Hall at the five star Elizabethan Manor house hotel in Plympton. The Great Hall will be transformed to traditional banquet style, and long tables will lay p more

28 Nov 2017 11:03 Community News

Tavistock's brilliant annual Dickensian Evening kicks off the Festive month in style, on Friday 1st December. Pop along to The Bedford Hotel for our pop-up Craft Ale Bar, tasty pulled pork baps, warming mulled wine and terribly tempting mince pies. C more

21 Nov 2017 13:21 Community News

It’s that glorious time of year in our part of the world when growers are rewarded with (hopefully) an abundant harvest. Methods of harvesting have not seen many changes in recent decades with the two main techniques still being by hand or machine. more

17 Oct 2017 11:27 Food


The Who'd Have Thought It run by Paul and Jacquie Lisney has been shortlisted for the Most Creative Name Award at Britain’s premier annual awards which celebrate the best of independent hosts and hoteliers. The eviivo awards commend Britain’s world-c more

Community News

Charles Steevenson explains the price worth paying for the commitment to new English vineyards. As the often manic summer season draws to a close, those of us in the wine trade now take stock of those wines that, to-date, have served us well, and... more


It’s not too late for entrants to sign up for a hearty helping of this year’s Delicious Drake’s Trail, and with a shorter route for 2016 it’s even more accessible for more people. The “wonderfully bonkers” food festival on the run returns on Sunday 2 more

Community News

The historic and award-winning Two Bridges Hotel, in the heart of Dartmoor National Park, is celebrating national Cask Ale Week (22nd September - 2nd October 2016) by pairing local Dartmoor ales with hearty Devon fayre. more


As Wine Merchants, the element we of course enjoy the most is getting overseas, visiting wine regions and seeing the places and meeting the people behind the wine. Although the two of us have been in the industry for what must add up to over 50 year more


When hosting my many and varied Wine Tasting events, I am often accused of steering my fellow imbibers by suggesting and putting in their minds, the flavours and individual nuances of a specific wine... more


There is no doubt that after the inevitable Christmas over-indulgence in all things liquid, not to mention bruised and stretched bank balances, one is eager to welcome not only lighter, more restrained wines, but also wines that are kind on our pocke more


Exchange rates and loyalty play an integral role in the pricing of good wines. more


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