Bubbles on a Budget!

I thought it might be a nice idea to put together a series of ‘snapshot’ posts that will go out daily up until Christmas Eve – nothing too onerous to read, just a bit of (hopefully) useful info as we all get ready for Christmas. Today "Bubbles on a Budget" Champagne is often the go-to drink of choice for celebrations but can be a tad expensive.  If you remain staunchly in the ‘Champagne’ camp then I suggest you look…

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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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