Pressing Matter, How Many Grapes Make a Bottle of Wine?

18th September 2017

It’s the time of year when in Europe at least, the harvest is just about done. The grapes are ripened and the wine-makers and growers alike start to work out how much wine they can make, which markets it will go … Continue reading

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Adventures in Pudding

7th September 2017

Earlier this month Chris and I teamed up with our good friends at the Pudding Pantry to put on an evening of food and wine matching with a difference. This was a dessert afficionado’s dream and had sweet tooth’s tingling … Continue reading

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Wine Fraud

23rd May 2017

There are always many challenges facing the drinks trade but it may surprise you to learn that counterfeiting and fraud are amongst the most serious. The counterfeiting of wine has been around almost as long as wine itself and has … Continue reading

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Easter Food and Wine Matching

11th April 2017

Easter Sunday means different things for different people. For some it’s a chance to get together and spend time with family members, for others it’s a chance to search around the garden for eggs made of chocolate which somehow get … Continue reading

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Sparkling wines for 2017

30th March 2017

If you’re anything like me you’ll have spent the last few months pouring over the wine trade press trying to get the inside track on consumer trends and fashions for the coming year. The truth is that all those hours … Continue reading

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Introduction to Gin tasting

6th March 2017

Last Wednesday night bore witness to the first ever Weavers gin tasting at our tasting rooms on Castle Gate. Despite hosting regular wine tasting events for longer than any of us can remember, and stocking over 30 different gins, this … Continue reading

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The Spirit of Gin

23rd January 2017

Gin, in it’s most basic form has been around for centuries, and is currently experiencing a resurgence which I’m sure you’re aware of. We’re often approached to take on the latest, small batch distillate and while some of them are … Continue reading

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Cal Pla Winery: Day one

30th November 2016

Thrusting open the wooden doors; warm, heady aromas of fermenting wine greeted us. Allowing the CO2 to clear, work began in earnest. First task was to pump over the Merlot/Grenache/Carignan for Cal Pla Tinto held in a 16,000L. concrete tank. During … Continue reading

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Ferg’s Fab Festive Flavours

18th November 2016

Hello all, I can’t believe the festive season is nearly here…again! In co-ordination with December’s wine club case release, I’d like to share some food and wine suggestions with you that also explains why we’ve opted for this month’s inclusions. … Continue reading

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Cal Pla Winery: An Introduction

31st October 2016

If you follow us on Twitter, you might have seen that I was in Spain at Cal Pla winery. Returned back to the UK, I wanted to share my journal with you. The contents were written each evening after work to … Continue reading

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