Go big or go home….!

Hopefully this will actually be “go big when you go home (this Christmas)”. For me there is no better way to ‘celebrate’ the festive season than with a magnum of my favourite tipple.  It may feel a bit decadent but there are actually good reasons why buying a magnum this festive season should be the way to go: They age better Wines bottled in magnum age better – I won’t get too geeky but it’s all to do with the…

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Sweet and Fortified wines

As we gradually approach the festive season – although I admit it’s unlikely many of us are feeling that festive at the moment (thanks COVID) – I wanted to give a quick refresher about the delights of sweet and fortified wines – we need something to look forward to right?  and wine always cheers me up!Details of my Christmas case offer will be out shortly, and there will be the opportunity to ‘pimp your case’ by switch a dessert…

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Riesling – Misunderstood and much maligned!

As regular readers of my blogs know, I am a big Riesling fan, and if pushed to pick my favourite white grape variety, Riesling would be right up there at #1. Yet retail sales of Riesling continue to lag way behind other varieties here in the UK and it doesn’t come close to breaking into the top 10 most popular grape varieties. Why might you ask? I think there are a number of reasons:I blame the 1980s… It’s probably…

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Orange Wines

Chatting to a friend at the weekend, she brought up the subject of Orange wine – it was a term she wasn’t familiar with when she heard about it, so I thought it would make a good subject for one of my ‘In a Nutshell’ blogs.First things first, Orange wine is NOT made from oranges! It is a common mistake to make, given you can make wine out of fruits other than grapes (i.e. Elderberry or blackberry wines), but these…

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Tasting wine: a 101

I think it is probably fair to say that most people drink wine without too much consideration for what the liquid in the bottle actually tastes of. As long as it tastes nice and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, that usually is enough. I can hand on heart say that taking onboard a few little tips will really improve your wine appreciation.  I admit, some people may stop reading at this point – that’s fine, at the end…

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