Wine Club Articles

  • Christmas Advent Calendar: Day 13

    Dec 13 2019
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    Our Christmas coundown brings us claret - of course it does as it simply wouldn't be Christmas without it. 

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  • Delving into Japan: Sake Explained Part 1

    Dec 03 2019
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    Sake

    Most articles on sake start with what sake is, and I will get to that, but what I want to offer up first is a context as to why Sake has come to the fore of the Weavers’ brain and more specifically, my brain. This article will be split into three parts: production, shopping and the wider importance of Sake in Japan. 

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  • Karim Mussi, The Poet of Mendoza

    Dec 01 2019
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    Argentinean winemaker Karim Mussi is no stranger to innovation and experimentation. With the Los Poetos wines, he takes his inspiration from 3 poets who he feels pushed the boundaries of their own art form.

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  • Last Christmas' Hipsters' Favourite

    Dec 01 2019
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    Every year there is a wine that you hear about being guzzled in the "trendy London winebars" as if it's going out of fashion and will be sure to take the entire world by storm. This year it is 'natural wine' that will be adorning the nation's most on-trend Christmas tables but we have opted to revisit one of the in vogue tipples of 2018, Picoul de Pinet. 

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  • Rioja To Go With Cold Cuts

    Dec 01 2019
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    When you mention the classic Spanish wine producing region of Rioja, it can be difficult to look past the fantastic, world renowned oak aged reds which so often hog the limelight in favour of the many other great wines produced in the area.

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  • A Winery Born on Christmas Day

    Dec 01 2019
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    Bodegas Piqueras was founded in 1915 by ‘El Abuelo’, Luis Piqueras, who, having won the Christmas lottery, purchased his first winery in Calle Campanario. His youngest daughter, Luisa, married Mario Bonete who studied oenology so that he could join the business. Mario was very much the driving force behind the creation of Almansa as a recognised area of wine production.

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  • A Christmas Claret

    Dec 01 2019
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    The Chateau de Marsan Winery dates back to the 17th Century when Pierre de Marsan married a wealthy heiress whose family owned a large property in the Lestiac department in the south of France. As the years went by they extended the estate and eventually came to own this Chateau which lies on the banks of the Garonne river.

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  • A Winter Warmer From Chile

    Dec 01 2019
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    The Vina Alto Roble (meaning tall oak tree) winery is located near the beautiful small town of Yerbas Buenas which is situated in the Maule Valley region of Chile. The imagery of the tall oak tree represents strength, stability and nobility, something they aim to reflect in their wines.

     

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  • Sheer Delight From Alan McCorkindale

    Dec 01 2019
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    There are many ways in which a winemaker can reduce their carbon footprint and minimise their impact on the ecological balance of their vineyards. Common options include reducing the use of pesticides or picking the grapes by hand rather than using heavy machinery. Kiwi winemaker Alan McCorkindale however, has opted to make the most of another local resource.

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  • From the Banks of the The Royal River

    Dec 01 2019
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    This 15 hectare domaine is owned by François Bonhomme and is planted solely with 'Melon', or more familiarly, Muscadet. The family Drouet (Drouet and Bonhomme) are based in the most coastal region of the Loire Valley where the 'Royal River' winds its way towards the atlantic, in Vallet. For five generations they have studied and produced excellent Muscadet with an emphasis on Sur Lie (yeast contact) aging.

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  • From The Crocodile's Lair

    Dec 01 2019
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    Bouchard Finlayson is a top class, internationally-renowned estate situated in Walker Bay, mid-way between Cape Point and Cape Agulhas (the most southerly tip of Africa). The climate is largely influenced by the nearby cold Atlantic Ocean rendering it one of the coolest wine-growing areas in the Cape.

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  • Beaujolais With a Difference For Christmas Day

    Dec 01 2019
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    The wines of Beaujolais are known for being extremely light on the palate with soft summer fruit notes and occasionally a distinctive bubblegum character.

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  • Mastering the Fussiest of Grape Varieties

    Dec 01 2019
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    The origin of Viña Luis Felipe Edwards, the producer of Los Coches, starts in 1976, when Luis Felipe Edwards Sr. purchased the Fundo San José de Puquillay estate. It has since grown to become the largest family-owned wine company in Chile, with 1,850 hectares of estate vineyards and is exported to more than 70 countries, of which the UK is one. 

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  • Colinas from the Douro

    Dec 01 2019
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    You may not know it but the grapes of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Tinta Cao are probably the 3 most widely consumed grape varieties of the festive season. This is due to the fact that they are the key component of that Christmas classic, Port.

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  • Eilidh's Perfect Seafood Pairing

    Oct 01 2019
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    As you will probably be aware we colour code the wines in your case to give an indication of whether the wines are best enjoyed with food, on their own, or have the versatility to be drunk in either setting. Eilidh was recently asked by a member to include a wine which would be the ideal partner to Salmon with vegetables in a sauce and we are more than happy to oblige.

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  • Big, Red and Typically Australian

    Oct 01 2019
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    I really wanted to include this big Aussie Shiraz after rediscovering it at a recent tasting of out Antipodean wines. Importers of Australian wines have put a real focus on quality and provenence in recent years and I feel that this particualr example exudes both of these qualities.

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  • Wine To Go With Spice

    Oct 01 2019
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    One of the most common food and wine matching suggestions that we wine merchants get asked for is which wines go with spicy food? This is not always an easy question to answer as spiciness in food creates an inhospitable environmet for many wines to express themselves in. Thankfully there is one grape variety that thrives under these challenfging conditions. 

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  • New Wave Rioja

    Oct 01 2019
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    Eilidh and I were recently discussing the wines of Rioja and the vast array of styles and techniques that are employed there. Rioja is a region that is steeped in history and convention, so observing the innovations that young wineries make to produce new and interesting wines can be a real treat. 

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