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Jancis Robinson article: Vin Cognito hand on heart

Jancis Robinson (Tamlyn Currin): "When you sandwich a tasting between Piglets and royalty in the morning, and a pre-launch dinner at a not-yet-opened London restaurant in the evening, you might be guilty of rushing it at the very least, and blistered-feet distraction at the very worst. But with the first mouthful of wine, Vin Cognito got me straight back into gear, and for the next three hours they held me captive. Lucia and James have managed, once again, to spin their eclectic tastes into a helter-skelter of sheer delight, from the most bewitching orange wine I have ever tasted, to a wine made by a Scotsman in Spain which reminded me of jacarandas in September on hot Zimbabwean roads. Lots of merchants use the words 'hand selected'. With these wines, I would go so far as to say there's as much heart selection behind them as hand selection. Forgive me for all the exclamation marks.

The 53 wines tasted are grouped by colour and presented in the order they were tasted."

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Jancis Robinson article: Taking cognisance of Vin Cognito (Tamlyn Currin): "If I told you a story about Jancis, an alleyway, a hatchet, a hooded stranger, and garlic on a foul dark night, you might think that I was flailing at an attempt to write a particularly poor piece of Mills and Boon-like wine fiction.

If I told you that it was one half of the story behind Vin Cognito, you might still think I was making it up.

Someone called James first popped into my inbox in early 2016, very politely asking if we might add Vin Cognito as a stockist for a couple of wine reviews just published. He emailed in, a couple of weeks later, with the same request. And then again a few weeks later, muttering something about not being a stalker. (Don't they all say that?) The thing was, all the wines he was emailing me about were stunning wines. I became quite curious about Vin Cognito. I went to have a look. Excellent website: quirky, witty pages I didn't need to be on some kind of mood-altering substance to navigate, not overcrowded, overflashed or overjava-ed. Real information. Stories. Beautifully written. Real enthusiasm. Some of the wine descriptions were more like emails from a friend who'd just discovered something amazing and couldn't wait to talk about it. Like this one:... continue reading here

If you're into alternative grape varieties, wine with soul, drinking dangerously off-piste, and reading the oenological version of Calvin & Hobbs, Vin Cognito might be a good place to look."

To read the full article, including the tasting notes for the 54 wines tasted, click here