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Hannibal’s ‘Back to Basics’ – What does AOC mean?

Ahead of this Thursday’s ‘Rhone Rangers’ LockdownLive! event, we thought we’d re-visit some basic principles of French wine labelling.  Here’s a quick outline of what AOC means : In French – “Appellation d’origine Controlee” In English – “Controlled designation of origin” The principle is that a wine with an AOC classification has a guarantee of […]

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Volcano Wines – why grapes grow so well in volcanic soils?

It’s extraordinary to think that volcanic soils are amongst the most fertile, yet it’s true. As volcanic soils begin to age, they begin the processing of breaking down, releasing the very nutrients and minerals that allow plants to prosper – nitrogen, potassium, phosphorous and chlorophyll. And because volcanic soil is virgin soil, it’s entirely organic […]

Summer’s last pink hoorah…

As the sun continues to shine (at least in somes parts), the summer of 2019 is seeing yet more rosé wine being consumed than ever before. Remember, there are two basic categories of rosé wine – the first is where rosé is the result of failed red wine (literally a bi-product of inferior red wine); […]

Blockbuster Binner – pure liquid sunshine…

It’s rare that I talk directly about an individual wine in a blog post, but I feel the desperate need to share with you one of the most pleasurable wine experiences I have had this year. You can imagine that we get through a fair few bottles in a year, continually tasting both wines from […]

Staff Training….. with a difference at Hannibal Brown HQ

We took time out today to consider the importance of a consistent message throughout Hannibal Brown’s ranks.  We all know how critical it is in any business to maintain a steady hand on the tiller whilst allowing the business to gather momentum and steadily move in the direction of success.  So today, we practised singing […]

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Its’s Pancakes & Prosecco Day!

Today is Pancake Day!  And on the drive into the office this morning, Jack (our student intern) and I discussed our preferred pancake fillings.  It was no surprise to hear this 19 year old’s response, “Nutella!” he declared.  Indeed, he’d already checked the shelves to see if there was any – sadly not. My own […]

Boom Boom Picpoul de Pinet!

Ever heard of Picpoul de Pinet?  Some of you will have because there’s a fair bit of it around in the UK these days. Earlier this month, London played host to a series of Picpoul de Pinet winemakers who came over to showcase their respective wines and also provide a little more insight into the […]

Spring 2019 Wine & Food Tasting

The weatherman encouraged me this morning to believe that Spring really is just round the corner, with today’s weather not too dissimilar to that of northern Spain. So it seemed appropriate to unveil the first of our consumer wine tastings of 2019…..  entitled Malbec & Masala, it’s our Spring pairing of fine wines with tempting […]

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Crowd-pleasing Muffins, Merlot & Mozart

In this food and wine pairing, it’s all about the fruit characteristic of the Merlot which couples nicely with the contents of the muffin – sweet, ripe beetroot and fruity goat’s cheese.  The components sit comfortably together in an attractive, gentle way. The touch of Mourvedre blended into this Merlot provides structure and backbone without […]