World Malbec Day

As recently as the turn of the century the word “Malbec” would hardly have registered with British wine drinkers. The last decade however has seen a big change and today wines made from Malbec are among the most popular with UK consumers. As we approach World Malbec Day (on the 17th April)  I thought now would be a good time to explore the grape in a bit more detail.  A Bit of History Malbec’s vinous roots lie in France,…

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Battle of the Sauvignon Blancs!

I have always had a soft spot for New Zealand and its wine, and it was a vinous experience way back in the 1990s that proved to be my epiphany – getting me interested in wine in general and New Zealand wines in particular.  A love affair that remains to this day. I tried a wine that was so different from anything I had tasted before – it quite literally grabbed me by the throat with its pungent intensity. …

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Wines for Easter

With Easter coming up this weekend, I thought it might be interesting to put together a few recommendations of wines that make a great match for the Easter Sunday roast as well as a few ideas for what you could pair with your chocolate eggs, yes that is right you can get wine that pairs well with chocolate!First up though the Sunday roastTraditionally on Easter Sunday the roasting joint of choice tends to be lamb.  A lot will depend…

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Indigenous Grapes

It struck me that I have talked quite a lot through any number of blog posts about ‘indigenous’ varieties, so I thought now would be a good time to do a bit of a deep dive into the subject – especially as my next wine club case will have as its theme…yes you’ve guessed it…. ‘indigenous’ grapes. Why? Because there are so many fabulous wines being made from grapes most of us are unfamiliar with or perhaps have never even…

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Navigating the world of wine awards

I know from experience as you peruse the aisles in the local supermarket or wine merchant shelf, the eye invariably goes to a few things when you hunt for your next bottle of wine: the price, the label (who doesn't love a critter label?!) and last-but-not-least those shiny ‘award’ badges that sometimes adorn the front of the wine bottle. Although seeing that a wine has “won” an award can give you a feeling of security – that the wine…

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