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  • Spain & Portugal – unique wine regions or two peas in a pod? 15th February 2017 at 05.57 PM (0 Comments )

    Here’s a story that you might find interesting… Once upon a time, there was famous shopkeeper who took over the ownership of a biiiigggg, big shop in Knightsbridge.  He was an interesting fellow – short and rotund (that’s as far as the Mr Benn resemblance goes) with a funny accent, neurotic and lacking in sense […]

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  • Like it of loathe it….. say it with wine this Valentine’s Day 8th February 2017 at 05.22 PM (0 Comments )

    Like it or loathe it, Valentine’s Day is here to stay.  And as with every other established event in our calendar, global commercialisation is going the whole hog this year and ramming it down our throats. I was in a (rather significant) store last week in the famed Oxford Street of London, where, to my […]

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  • It’s Australia Day!!! Something you may not know… 26th January 2017 at 02.08 PM (0 Comments )

    This week saw the annual Australia Day wine trade tastings take place in the heart of London. Three great seminars showcasing Aussie wines in a different light and challenging the conventional assumption that all Aussie wines are big and brutish.  They are most definitely not – well, not always. Today’s blog takes a look at […]

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  • Still not tasted our wines? Come on down! 22nd November 2016 at 01.09 PM (0 Comments )

    Can you believe it?  Already the 22nd November; the first storm of the season has hit; Trump is still procrastinating over his team appointments and my feet are cold! If you’ve ever stopped to think about the seasonality of wine consumption, then it will come as no surprise to you that this is the busiest […]

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  • Wine & Cheese – yes pleeeease! 1st November 2016 at 01.15 PM (0 Comments )

    After the success of our Cabernet & Cacao wine & chocolate pairing event last month, we revert back to a somewhat more traditional form of serving wine…  so for those cheese lovers out there, join us this Thursday 3rd November and taste some of the country’s most incredible wines from the good folk at Orsom […]

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  • Wine & Chocolate – Cabernet & Cacao – a perfect combo? 17th October 2016 at 03.36 PM (0 Comments )

    Thanks to all those who came along to our Cabernet & Cacao wine and chocolate pairing extravaganza last Wednesday, the latest in the “Hannibal Brown Presents…..” series of wine tastings in collaboration with other local specialist businesses. Held at the newly opened Tara Arts Theatre in Earlsfield (none other than Mayor Sadiq Khan carried out the opening […]

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  • What a year for English winemakers! 6th October 2016 at 10.16 AM (0 Comments )

    As Euro zone wines gently increase as the pound falls to its 31 year low, let’s turn our heads towards our own home grown tipples… 2016 will surely go down as one of the most exceptional vintages in the history of English winemaking. With the majority of vineyards in the south eastern parts of the country […]

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  • Hannibal’s World HQ is moving…. 4th October 2016 at 01.50 PM (0 Comments )

    For those of you who are used to searching for office space, you’ll know how astronomical it can be – especially if you need more than just desk space (which we do to store our wine). So we are very pleased to have secured new premises in…. wait for it… drumroll…. Worcester Park, Surrey. Well, […]

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  • Bouncing off the walls… 27th September 2016 at 11.27 AM (0 Comments )

    After countless years in the wine business, I hope I might be forgiven for not going bonkers over every single wine I taste.  But there is the odd occasion where I bounce off the walls with joy at discovering a new addition.   And this is one of them – an organic, bio-dynamic wine from Saumur […]

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  • The doggy has spoken… 22nd September 2016 at 11.30 AM (0 Comments )

    Hopefully you’ll be aware that our latest wine tasting event under the ‘Hannibal Brown Presents….’ series is looming large.   Taking place on 12th October, Cabernet & Cacao will be an evening of discovery into the best wine and chocolate pairings money can buy. So in the name of preparation (and not wishing to go into […]

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