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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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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