The true value of a bottle of wine!

It struck me that with the enormous number of outlets selling wine and the incredible range of prices on offer that it might be an interesting exercise to look at what actually makes up the price of a bottle of wine.  Before I go on, I should say, this is by no means me trying to influence how much money you should spend on a bottle – there are plenty of perfectly serviceable wines out there from the discount…

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Wine Club – Launch case

We are delighted to announce the launch of the Wine Demystifier Wine Club Every two months we will hand-pick a case of six wines. Each case will contain a variety of wines, of differing styles and produced from different grape varieties. The aim of this wine club is to encourage a bit of experimentation and diversity. What they all have in common is they are great wines brought to you at highly competitive prices.  £81.50 a case For this…

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“Z” is for Zinfandel

Zinfandel or ‘Zin’ to its friends is a grape which is seen very much as an American variety.  The French have Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon (and many many more!) with Zinfandel proudly wearing the stars and stripes of America. But the hard truth of the matter is the grape isn’t American at all! DNA has proven that Zinfandel is in fact the same variety as Italy’s Primitivo and the rare ancient variety Crljenak Kastelanski (from Croatia). A quick history…

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“Y” is for Yeast

Everyone knows that to make wine you need to ferment the grapes, and given you can’t get an alcoholic fermentation without the presence of yeast, it is fair to say then that while ‘yeast’ may not sound an appealing topic it is a hugely relevant one when it comes to winemaking! As without yeast there would be no alcohol! What is yeast? Yeast is a naturally occurring single-celled microorganism that is part of the fungus family.  The pre-eminent fermentation…

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“X” is for Xinomavro

First things first, I expect most readers are wondering how on earth you pronounce it? It is actually quite easy...phonetically it is pronounced as “See-no-mav-ro”. Second main point: Xinomavro is a grape not a wine. About the grape – Synonymous with Greece, in particular the northerly Naoussa region, this black grape is widely considered the finest of the Greek varieties. Literally translated as ‘sour black’ – not a hugely appealing translation on the face of it I admit! ....and…

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