Entries by Suzie Sutton

Take the Plunge!

Last month we had an interesting conversation with a couple in our shop during an Open House Tasting. They had in their own words been “very brave” and come to sample the selection of wines we had open that day. They had wanted to visit us because they loved wine, had heard about us and […]

Wine Tasting in France

A week in France, Wine Tasting! Last week we visited one of our French suppliers Jean Curial in a pretty village called St Véran in the Maçonnais region of France. We import their wines direct which are great value and very popular. Phillipe, Jean’s son, took us around his ‘parcelles’ of vines in his 1957 […]

Italian wines

A great opportunity to taste the riches of Italian wines   As our regular customers will know we love sourcing wines which deliver on flavour, price and quality; some to drink whilst young and exciting and others for laying down to mellow quietly. During our research, it has been Italy that has come up trumps […]


  Goodness where did 2017 go! Our wine business had another good year continuing to grow organically and we are enjoying meeting lots of local people, some of whom just enjoy drinking wine and some who wish to learn more about the fascinating subject.   The main news in the wine trade at the moment […]

Wine for the Christmas season

It is well-known that food and wine consumed together can make the perfect partnership or end in a messy divorce! The ultimate goal is to succeed in providing more enjoyment than if the two had been consumed separately. Quite a tall order when we all have different sensitivities and our preferences vary so much. That […]

2017 harvest – will it produce a good vintage?

The British are renowned for talking about the weather at every opportunity if only as part of a polite greeting. But it seems we have little to complain about, so many parts of the world are experiencing extreme weather conditions which devastate lives and livelihoods.   The wine community is full of comment as the […]

Pale & steely or dark & exotic – what’s your favourite Rosé?

A refreshing glass of rosé wine is undeniably the epitome of the summer drinking; thirst-quenching, delicate and versatile. Somehow being offered a glass of pretty pink wine lifts the spirits and relaxes the soul and the shoulders! But what about the colour? We all know that part of the enjoyment of drinking rosé is delighting […]

Autumn Sherry Drinking

We enjoyed a very informative evening with Tim Holt from the sherry company Barbadillo. He came to talk to a lively group of customers in our cellar about how different sherries are made and how to match them with food. We all learnt a great deal from his presentation and from questions from the drinkers. […]

Summer drinking & En Primeur

Summer seems to have arrived at last with warm settled weather, which can encourage impromptu gatherings with family and friends. In Dartmouth we were very lucky at the recent Music Festival to be blessed with wall to wall sunshine for 3 glorious days. Dozens of music-lovers sat around on an array of colourful rugs surrounded […]