El Vino

+44 207 353 5384 Vintage House, 1 Hare Place, Fleet St
London, EC4Y 1BJ
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There are not a lot of businesses as old as ours, and fewer still in the wine trade! El Vino, then known as Bower and Co, was founded in 1879, not 25 years after the industry was revolutionised by the Bordeaux Classification of 1855, and in the intervening years has become an integral part of the City of London and a strong influence on the development of the UK wine market. Our 128th year sees us still going strong with five ever-popular wine-bars in the City and a host of loyal customers, now enjoying a broader range of wines than ever! It was in 1879, when Queen Victoria was on the throne, and horses ruled the road, when Alfred Louis Bower set himself up as a wine merchant on Mark Lane, on the eastern side of the City of London. While the ruling powers of Europe squabbled over ownership of acres of barren desert in Africa, Alfred Bower paid attention only to what was taking place closer to home, specifically the fertile soils of France and Spain. His business was an instant success, and business Read more »

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  • Stephen, any comments on the Aussie wines and their prices towards the top of this list?  Clos du Rouge Gorge, young vines, in the Roussilon A Connoisseur's Cellar, Part 10 of 8: some fine bits towards the endWe might get another round, but after today there will be a break for at least a little while from this relentless assault of interesting ... Read More

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  • As usual the event will be at my house.  South American wines will poured for the most part - and most of those will be from the local area.  What does that mean?  Won't be any high end wines, just wines that are readily available to the people attending - which will be a different group also.This going to a family style backyard bbq, just frien... Read More

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  • I am hoping to get some input on what Aussie wine the Snooth Community is seeing on the shelves [either retail or restaurants] in your local areas.US wine in Australia is still very much limited to the bigger wine companies egArgyle Pinot NoirStags LeapBerringerEtudeOccasionly the big guns from Napa will appear on the Auction Sites.I am always h... Read More

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  • This is my 16 best of 2016:Domaine Jean-Louis Chave, Hermitage, 2002 (Rhone, France)Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Échézeaux, 1997 (Cote de Nuits, France)Chateau Margaux, 1982 (Bordeaux, France)Domaine Dujac, Chambolle-Musigny, 2004 (Cote de Nuits, France)Chateau d’Yquem, 1986 (Sauternes, France)Matalj, Kremen Kamen, 2011 (Negotin, Serbia)Brki, Mj... Read More

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  • Okay, we're counting down to the end of the year.  With three drinking weeks left, start nominating your wines of the year.  And, if you like, nominate a wine experience of the year. I'm going to have to think about the WOTY for a while, and I'll update this OP as things occur to me, but I'm going to say it wasn't a year full of head turning win... Read More

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  • El Persa Vino de la Tierra de Castilla la Mancha Spain Syrah 2015

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    not a bad syrah, smooth to the taste and drinkable now but will improve in the cellar. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Santa was generous this year wasn't he? You guys are better at this than I expected. 2/3 of you already know who your Santa was. That should make the guessing easier for the 4 still left guessing.What did you get?JD -  2011 Damilano Barolo Brunate - from FoxalllRBA - 2008 Spring Mountain Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - from vinOvinOVV ... Read More

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  • Had a great first full day here in south central California. Started off with a very good breakfast at the ForFriends B&B in Santa Ynez. Too early for any of the tasting rooms to be open so we headed down to Jalama beach for some salt air and scenery. Beautiful beach with some interesting campsites and about a half dozen surfers enjoying some mo... Read More

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  • Greetings,We have an old bottle of wine that we have very little knowledge about. I'm hoping that someone on this site might be able to enlighten us. Thanks in advance,Donna Read More

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  • Due to popular demand (don't ask where that demand came from or you'll spoil my fun), we appear to need some new wine discussion topics.  This topic was only relevant to Thursday as a test case but was subsequently expanded to cover the weekend too.  What ever you bring up in this topic should either occur on a Thursday - Sunday, or it could be ... Read More

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