Latest Blog Posts

  • My Journey on the Malbec Blend

    15  Oct 2020
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    I started my wine journey with Weavers when Philip handed me a bottle of ‘Los Poetas’. As a devoted fan of the Old World and more traditional wines, ‘Los Poetas’ gave me a truly memorable insight into the New World and led me to re-evaluate my preferences!

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  • 2020 A Very Pleasant Surprise for Beaujolais

    07  Oct 2020
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    It's that time of year again when we starting looking at the European harvest and planning our range for 2021. As the vintage reports roll in, the report for Beaujolais has caught my eye.  With 2020 being an all togther challenging year, to say the least, it's great to have some good news.

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  • Celebrating Cabernet Sauvignon

    02  Sep 2020
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    In celebration of #InternationalCabernetSauvignonDay last week, we thought we would share some fascinating facts about this much-loved grape. The ‘parents’ of Cabernet Sauvignon are two other important wine grapes - Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. Their pollination, though not intentional, created a very happy accident! ⁠

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  • Sensational Stellenbosch

    01  Aug 2020
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    The family-owned Jordan Wine Estate, situated in Stellenbosch, South Africa is right at the beating heart of the renowned Cape Winelands. Gary and Kathy Jordan have been making award-winning wines since 1993 on their 164 hectare hillside property which has evolved over the years to include a wine tasting centre, luxury accommodation, a delicatessen-style bakery and a world-class restaurant where visitors can relax and enjoy fine Cape wines and local Cape fare surrounded by breathtaking views of Table Mountain, False Bay and the Stellenbosch Mountains.

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  • Cascadia Syrah

    01  Aug 2020
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    When thinking about American wines Washington State may not be the first place that comes to mind but it is actually the 2nd most prolific wine producing region of the U.S.A, with the Yakima Valley alone being home to over 120 wineries.

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  • Muscadet

    01  Aug 2020
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    The Louis Métaireau Grand Mouton Domaine is located between the Sèvre and Maine rivers, at the heart of the Muscadet Appellation, in the commune of Saint-Fiacre-sur-Maine.

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  • Cotes d'Auvergne

    01  Aug 2020
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    One of the best parts of being in the wine business is being able to explore the lesser known vineyard regions of the world and uncovering hidden gems. The pursuit of these lesser known treasures can lead you to some unlikely areas but occasionally you find that something that has been hiding right under your nose.

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  • We are Looking for someone to join our team

    01  Jul 2020
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    We are looking for an Assistant Wine Sales Manager to work alongside our Shop, Warehouse and Online Managers. This provides an amazing opportunity for the right candidate to commence their career and become part of our future. It is a diverse and varied role that will cover all aspects of our business from being involved with buying right though to delivering to our customers both in the shop and out on our vans.

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  • The Spirit of Nottingham, Our Castle Gate Gin

    09  Jun 2020
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    We know that gin in its most basic form has been around for centuries, and is currently as popular as ever.  There is something about having a G&T with friends that sums up summer, special times, relaxing. We’re often approached to take on the latest, small batch distillates and while some of them are better than others, we cannot take them all on. We do however continually refresh our offerings. I have blogged about gin quality before but thought it was about time for an update on what sets better gins above the rest of them then?!

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  • Hello World!

    01  Jun 2020
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    The Finca La Estacada estate resides in the La Mancha region of central Spain (about 40 minutes drive from Madrid). It has strong historical roots and is not only the site of the Roman built road between Segóbriga and Completum (modern-day Alcala de Henares) but was also once owned by Queen Maria Christina, the widow of Ferdinand VII. The modern winery that exists today was built in 2001 and is an idylic marriage between past and present with a focus on producing interesting wines often utilising grape varieties uncommon in the region.

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  • Oliver Zeter Goes Back To His Roots

    01  Jun 2020
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    The wines of Pfalz producer Oliver Zeter have featured in previous Wine Club cases when I've focused on his affinity for the Sauvignon Blanc grape variety - a real oddity for this part of Germany. Oliver got his passion for Sauvignon Blanc when spending a year working at a South African vineyard. Upon returning the Pfalz he felt that there were enough similarities between the vineyards he had experienced abroad and those of his birth place to successfully cultivate varieties other than Riesling. 

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  • Chateau Burgozone

    01  Jun 2020
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    The wines of Central and Eastern Europe are sadly underrepresented on the UK wine scene, owing largely to a totally unjustified reputation for poor quality coupled with strong support by their domestic and neighbouring markets. I have included wines from Romania previously in the Wine Club, but this month I would like to turn your attention to a Bulgarian producer which caught my attention at a tasting earlier this year.

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  • Carignan, Wines to Watch Out For

    01  Jun 2020
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    People are always asking me which new styles and grape varieties will be coming into vogue in the near future. It is with perhaps surprising regualrity that my answer will actually be something that has been in production for many years. The increased focus on the Carignan grape variety backs this up with the vines used to produce this particular wine having spent over a century in the wine trade. That's almost as long as Weavers has existed!

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  • A Family Affair

    01  Jun 2020
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    As is so often the case in wine production, the Vina San Esteban winery was set up by a father and son team who themselves come from a long line of grape growers. Founder José Vicente had been well established in the Aconcagua Valley for many years but it was his son Horacio whose passion for the finished product led him to first France and then California to learn the the art of winemaking. 

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  • Cooperation in the South of France

    01  Jun 2020
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    Despite lacking the same global recognition and prestige of the illustrious wineries of the likes of Bordeaux, Burgundy and Chateauneuf-du-Pape, the South Western corner of France has an equally long and important history. 

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  • Les Vignerons D'Estézargues, Wines in Harmony With Nature

    01  Jun 2020
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    People often ask me for my take on the sulphite free 'natural wines'. These are commonly featured in the press and I must admit that they appear to be gaining some traction, even if its only in the psyche of the wine-drinking public due to their rarity on UK wine shelves. 

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  • Catalan Wines

    01  Jun 2020
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    The Catalan region in the North East of Spain has many wines of international renown, most specifically the deep brooding reds of Priorat and the popular sparkling Cavas. There are however a multitude of styles produced here and today Catalonia stands as Spain's second most important wine producing region. 

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  • The Original 'Flying Wine Maker'

    01  Jun 2020
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    The concept of the 'flying winemaker', who takes charge at multiple wineries - often in different countries, has become a familiar practice in recent years. These phenomenally experienced and highly skilled individuals tend to have unparalled knowledge of terroir, vineyard, and winery practices. They specialise in parachuting into struggling producers who need guidance of how to best utilise their wineries and vineyards.

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