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  • A Serious Wine with Altitude!

    Jul 02 2019
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    We have been working with Argentinian producer for a year now and we are really enjoying their wines, both personalty and serving them to our customers! As the New World looks for cooler climate regions, this Pinot Grigio from Zuccardi really punched above it weight!

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  • Wines that do not take themselves too seriously

    Jul 01 2019
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    We have been working with Argentinian producer for a year now and we are really enjoying their wines, both personalty and serving them to our customers! As the New World looks for cooler climate regions, this Pinot Grigio from Zuccardi really punched above it weight!

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  • Pioneering Wine Making in the Old Works

    Jun 23 2019
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    The renowned wine making families of Dopff and Irion can trace their viticultural heritage back as far as the 16th century and operations are now resident in the splendid Château de Riquewihr. Now under the stewardship of the pioneering Rene Dopff the estates wines made using the 4 noble varieties of Alsace (Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, and Gewurtztraminer) take pride of place on some of the most exclusive tables in France including at the Palais de l’Elysée, the French President’s residence.

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  • Appreciate Appassimento

    Jun 19 2019
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    There are plenty of labels and terms on wine lables, here we discover the term appassimento, what it means and what it does to the wine. We also look at a fantastic wine estate that are using this method with wonderful results. 

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  • Discover the Wines from Navarra

    Jun 18 2019
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    When looking for everyday wines that will not break the bank it’s important to find ones that are soft and fresh. Cheaper wines that try and do too much always fail and the resilient Tempranillo and Viura grapes allow for vast production, which keeps the cost down, and fresh fruit flavour.

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  • A Rhone Blend from Australia, Mitchell's Mataro Grenache Red

    Jun 15 2019
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    The Mitchell Estate is situated in the Clare Valley, Southern Australia, just North of Adelaide, one of Australia’s most established wine growing regions. We have always had a great relationship with them because the wines are of a consistently high quality.

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  • Toro di Piedra from the Male Valley

    Jun 12 2019
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    The Vina Alto Roble (meaning tall oak tree) winery is located near to the beautiful small town of Yerbas Buenas which is situated in the Maule Valley region. The imagery of the tall oak tree represents strength, stability and nobility, something they aim to reflect in their wines.

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  • Explosive Wines From Dancing Flame

    Jun 03 2019
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    Dancing Flame wines take their inspiration from the lava and ­flames that can be seen erupting from the many volcanoes that are dotted along the length of the Chilean Andes. There are 500 or so active volcanoes in Chile and their imposing presence is central to the rich soils of Chile's valleys and stunning vistas where these wines are made.

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  • Return Of An Old Friend from New Zealand

    Jun 03 2019
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    Domain Road is owned by the Crosbie family who have had connections to the area over several generations. There are two vineyards located in the heart of the historic gold mining area of Bannockburn, one on Domain Road and the second, Defiance Vineyard, on nearby Felton Road. Here we discover their stunning Pinot Gris for our Wine Club Case.

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  • Cuvee Chérie: a refined, contemporary Demi-Sec from Nyetimber

    May 29 2019
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    This press release has been released from Nyetimber about the new release of the Cuvee Chérie to its range of award winning wines. Discover what they have to say.

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  • Are Low Alcohol Wines The Future?

    May 24 2019
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    This is an interesting one. I have read and listened to a number of arguments about why this will be the future of wine and here is my take on it all.

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  • A Wine to go with Brexit

    May 24 2019
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    That's right, it's the B word, Brexit. Here is our take on the initial impacts of brexit on the wine trade.

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  • Does the year matter?

    May 24 2019
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    I am often asked what role the vintage, the year the wine is made, plays on the end result. With the changes in climate and the subsequent droughts, fires and unseasonal hail storms, winemakers are having to adapt. Recently I have seen winemakers adopt new approaches to winemaking to help solve some of the issues they have in form of non-vintage wines. I delve into what this means and how this might change the way we look at wines.

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  • The Great Organic Debate

    May 10 2019
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    Wine by its nature is organic, however, there are various approaches adopted by wine-makers and growers which are can be classed as sustainable. We classify our products in three areas - Minimal Intervention - Organic - Biodynamic.  Here I discuss the approach to wine making.

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  • A Guide to Vegan Wine

    Jan 04 2019
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    The start of 2019 brought with it new year’s resolutions and with it over 250,000 people signing up to “Veganuary”, a campaign where people go vegan for a month. The number of vegans in the UK reached 3.5 million last year and we have found that more and more people are asking for vegan wines. Previously, it has been assumed that all wine is vegan friendly, however, this is not the case. As people become more aware of this, the demand for vegan wines has increased.

     

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  • Passing From Generation to Generation

    Jan 01 2019
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    Many of the estates and farms I have visited have been passed from generation to generation. However there are some enthusiastic people who have been attracted to an area for whatever reason mainly because of location and climate and have become hooked by the wine making bug!

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  • Insights to Banfi Estate

    Oct 01 2018
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    Eilidh shares her insights on Tuscan wines after a recent trip to Banfi Wine Estate. 

    Tuscany (or Toscana to the Italians) is quite possibly the most archetypal Italian region. With rolling hills, bright blue skies, small hilltop villages with dusty side roads, centuries-old farmhouses and olive groves you could be forgiven for thinking you have just walked onto the set of Gladiator. What is most overwhelming, however, is the vast number of vineyards covering the area. Spanning from the Tyrrhenian Sea in the west to the low mountains near Emilia-Romagna in the east, it is difficult not to be charmed by the patchwork of vineyards in this area. Much of the more esteemed vineyards are located in the middle, near Florence in the north and Sienna in the south. To get to these goldmines, however, requires a stomach of steel as there doesn’t seem to be a straight road in sight as you wind through the beautiful Tuscan countryside (if you suffer from car sickness, you have been warned)!

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

    Sep 11 2018
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    How many grapes are in a bottle of wine?

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