Saturday, 11 February 2017 by Thomas Parker
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 by Thomas Parker
After a little break on Sunday with only a short day at the Domaine, we ran a full day of analysis on the wines on Monday
Thursday, 15 October 2015 by Thomas Parker
Following four days of intense harvesting and selecting at the Domaine, the time I had left in Burgundy allowed me more freedom to see the other side of the process, taste some more wines, and relax a little bit.
Friday, 11 September 2015 by Thomas Parker
Today, we sounded the horns at Eugenie as we finished the harvest
Thursday, 10 September 2015 by Thomas Parker
Day three at Eugenie was the day when the majority of the picking was finished.
Wednesday, 9 September 2015 by Thomas Parker
Walking the short distance to the Domaine each morning really gives a sense of the Grand Crus in Vosne Romanee
Tuesday, 8 September 2015 by Thomas Parker
Over the next two weeks I will be working and reporting from Domaine d’Eugenie, the Burgundy Domaine found right in the heart of Vosne-Romanee
Tuesday, 9 June 2015 by Thomas Parker
When we first tasted the 2012 Bordeaux En Primeur in spring 2013, the sense of a system struggling to attract customers and a feeling that Chateaux needed to drastically improve their pricing was the main topic of every conversation.
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 by Thomas Parker
Last week a few of the Farr team went for dinner with a long-term friend and customer of ours for what would prove to be one of the best wine nights of our lives.
Thursday, 22 May 2014 by Thomas Parker
These past few weeks my book of choice has drawn a few raised eyebrows and inquisitive looks on the daily commute.
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 by Thomas Parker
In what has now become a yearly return to the Oxford Blind Tasting Society, I've become used to the ability of the tasters to divine wines' origins from around the world.
Thursday, 21 March 2013 by Thomas Parker
My latest return to Oxford had me turn from taster to tutor as I led the Blind Tasting Society through four pairs of wines under the guise ‘new vs old’.
Tuesday, 18 December 2012 by Thomas Parker
On Monday 10th December Farr Vintners hosted a tasting at our London office with proprietors from 12 St Emilion 1ers Grands Crus Classés and leading journalists in the UK to taste through the 2009 and 2005 vintage....
Tuesday, 13 November 2012 by Thomas Parker
Yesterday the Farr Vintners team were at the UGC tasting in London to re-taste the much hailed 2010 vintage, to see if the wines held up to their rave reviews across the board during the En Primeur trip in spring 2011.
Tuesday, 18 September 2012 by Thomas Parker
Last week Edward and I donned our dinner jackets and bow ties, and headed to the Park Lane Hilton for the International Wine Challenge Awards dinner 2012.
Thursday, 29 March 2012 by Thomas Parker
Last week Farr Vintners hosted a blind tasting match against 6 members of the Oxford Blind Tasting Society, led by captain and President James Flewellen. It was a chance for the Farr team to show their skills learnt in the trade, and compete against a team who blind taste several wines multiple times a week.
Thursday, 13 October 2011 by Thomas Parker & Ben Browett
With the harvest finished on Monday and the ‘Gerbaude’ festival on the Tuesday, we started working for the château in the fermentation rooms on Wednesday. We were now to learn and be involved in the winemaking process with the grapes picked and sorted; the turning of grape juice into wine!
Wednesday, 5 October 2011 by Thomas Parker & Ben Browett
With the harvest over, last Thursday we made some chateau visits in order to explore the Medoc further. First we went back to Lafon Rochet where Basile gave us a tour of the chateau, letting us taste the juice from the unfermented rosé (for their label Lafon Roset), which was delicious and very easy drinking.
Monday, 3 October 2011 by Thomas Parker & Ben Browett
This week we finished the Cabernet Sauvignon and with it the entire harvest at Latour. At 7.30pm on Monday 26th September the last grapes were picked, packed and sent back to the Chateau
Monday, 26 September 2011 by Thomas Parker & Ben Browett
Last Monday the big Cabernet harvest started, which confirms that the harvest will be over by the end of September. We started by picking the young vines on Monday in weather more unpredictable than an England Rugby World Cup performance. On Tuesday we took on more pickers and carriers for the large number of Cabernet vines inside and outside the “enclos” which were deemed ripe enough to be picked.
Thursday, 22 September 2011 by Thomas Parker & Ben Browett
Merlot Harvest at Château Latour
Monday the 12th of September marked the start of the 2011 harvest at Château Latour. Ben and I were at the château just before 8am in order to have the breakfast provided to give the pickers and carriers energy to get through the day. Ben and I have been carriers or "porteurs" for most of the week, but both of us have had a chance to pick too, myself for most of the weekend.
Monday, 19 September 2011 by Thomas Parker & Ben Browett
Last Sunday Ben and I went to visit Denis Durantou in Pomerol at his home, Château L’Eglise Clinet. As mentioned in my previous blog, I have a great fondness for his wines, due to the skill of wine making, and the freshness that all his wines have. We met Denis outside in the vineyard and we went walking through the vines as he was deciding whether it was time to pick the Merlot. This was a great chance to learn from a Pomerol master. The previous week he had picked the grapes for his ‘Les Cruzelles’ label from the younger vines.
Monday, 12 September 2011 by Thomas Parker & Ben Browett
This is the first blog from Farr Vintners’ “Boys in Bordeaux”. Thomas Parker is, along with eighteen year old Ben Browett (the eldest son of our Chairman), at Château Latour to take part in the harvest of the 2011 vintage. They left London a week ago and, after a week’s preparation, were due to start picking Merlot grapes today, Monday 12th September. We hope to publish more blogs from Thomas and Ben as the harvest progresses.
Thursday, 7 July 2011 by Thomas Parker
Last Friday I travelled from Battersea up to Oxford to host the tasting for the Oxford University Blind Tasting Society’s black tie dinner. Farr Vintners had sponsored a case of the wine for the tasting to the society that I was a Committee member of this past year. We were in the picturesque surroundings of New College for the tasting and dinner, organised by James Flewellen and David Stewart. All wines were tasted blind.