Are low alcohol wines the future?

24th July 2018

This is an interesting one.  I have read and listening to a number of arguments about why this will be the future of wine. So What is a Low Alcohol Wine? The term, “low-alcohol drink” refers to beverages that have an … Continue reading

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Grape Expectations, is the choice of grape important?

24th March 2018

It goes without saying that the grape is the most important component of wine. The definition of a grape is a berry of the deciduous woody vines of the flowering plant genus Vitis, of which there are 79 accepted species.  The … Continue reading

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One Tough Global Vintage

22nd January 2018

What a year 2017 was in the wine world. We have had frosts in Italy, droughts in South America, Portugal and South Africa, fires in Spain and California and mildew and rot in Northern France. Sadly 2017 has gone down globally as … Continue reading

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Wines to Go With Socks

24th November 2017

We have been friends with Nick Turner for many years and were delighted when he came to our November tasting to show his amazing quality socks. These were greatly appreciated by our guests. Making socks since 1928, Turner and Sons, … Continue reading

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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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