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Places to have Champagne Where You Won’t Receive a Call From Your Bank
  Places to have Champagne Where You Won’t Receive a Call From Your Bank   It’s December and Christmas is officially upon us. We’ve seen the first snow, the kids have sent their letters to Santa, and we’re all starting to realise that our Christmas expenses are snowballing! But December is also the perfect excuse for catching up with colleagues and old friends, which isn’t doing your credit card bills any favours. The good news?Read More
How to Bring Wine to a Holiday Party
How to Bring Wine to a Holiday Party Now that the holiday season is here, most of us will be flitting around like the social butterflies we are, going from one holiday party to the next, and attending delicious dinners in between. Rule number one for the season is to never show up empty-handed, and what better way to solve this problem then arriving at your destination with a bottle of wine in hand. OfRead More
Rich Rosés to Enjoy This Winter
  Rich Rosés to Enjoy This Winter Now that it’s officially winter (it’s certainly cold enough to be!) it’s time to switch over to heartier wines. If you love drinking rosé all day, there’s no reason you need to stop. You can leave behind the lighter, brighter, fruity, easy-drinking rosés of summer and swap them out for the lovely richer rosés that will keep you drinking pink until spring comes. Here are the varieties toRead More
Brilliant Pairings for Your Favourite Winter Dishes
Brilliant Pairings for Your Favourite Winter Dishes When it comes to wine this winter, you want bold, hearty wines which will help melt the cold from your fingers. Red is definitely the way to go – it is perfectly suited to the rich, warming dishes we love to enjoy throughout the holiday season but there are some lovely white wines which will do the trick as well. Stews Depending on the meat you use inRead More
Drink More Zinfandel

Drink More Zinfandel

Drink More Zinfandel November 19th was National Zinfandel Day and what better excuse do you need to start drinking more of this brilliant wine? Full of ripe dark berry fruits and smooth tannins, this easy drinking wine is perfect for the season. Robust flavours yet balanced with elegance, Zinfandel is excellent with food and makes for a perfect pairing with some of winter’s heartier dishes. It’s a well-travelled grape which is believed to originate inRead More
A Quick Look at Carménère
  A Quick Look at Carménère Carménère was thought to be extinct but it turned out not to be the case. Chile made the grape famous after it was rediscovered in Chilean vineyards. It has become the star grape of Chile and what the country is known for (along with its high-quality Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay). This grape is part of the Bordeaux family and is a relative of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and CabernetRead More
It's Time for Beaujolais Nouveau!
  It’s Time for Beaujolais Nouveau! The third Thursday of November means one thing: this year’s release of Beaujolais Nouveau is officially here! This vibrant, fruity, easy drinking wine is made from the Gamay grape and comes from the region of Beaujolais, just to the south of Burgundy. It goes through a brief fermentation just a few weeks before it hits shelves. This wine undergoes a process called carbonic maceration which yields wines that areRead More
A Beginners Guide to Tempranillo
Tempranillo, A Beginner’s Guide The Spanish Tempranillo grape is responsible for the reds of Rioja and Ribera del Duero, long-lived reds which are great with food or enjoying on their own. Tempranillo is frequently blended with other varieties like Grenache, called Garnacha in Spain, Carignan, and Graciano. International varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon are also occasionally used, especially in Ribera del Duero. It also crops up in Portugal where it’s known as Tinta Roriz where itRead More
All About Oak Barrels

All About Oak Barrels

All About Oak Barrels Oak barrels have been used for winemaking since the time of the Romans and continue to be the preferred wood for wine ageing today. Why oak? Oak is easy to shape into barrels, which is why it was originally the wood of choice by the ancients. They realised that when aged in oak, wine took on flavours from the wood, especially after it had been toasted, and thus became more complex.Read More
Grenache, A Beginner's Guide
  Grenache, A Beginner’s Guide Grenache is one of the most planted grapes in the world, more so than Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir. It thrives in warmer climates and is found virtually everywhere there’s a bit of sunshine and dry, favourable growing conditions. Bright and full of red berry flavours, it’s either the main feature or at least a major component in some of the world’s best wines: Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Priorat, Barossa reds, and someRead More
Syrah - A Beginner's Guide
  Syrah – A Beginner’s Guide     Syrah originates from France where it has helped make the wines of the Rhone Valley famous worldwide. It makes up the much sought-after wines of Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie and is an integral ingredient in the blends of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. But Syrah has also become an international sensation, now found in other corners of the globe. In France, Syrah lovers will be thrilled to know that they can findRead More
What are Lees?
What are Lees? You may have heard of wine lees or a wine being aged sur lie and wondered just what exactly are lees? Today, we’ll take a look at what are wine lees and what they contribute to wine over time. In a nutshell, lees are the dead yeast cells leftover in the wine after the fermentation process has completed. Most winemakers will choose to rack the wine off these spent yeast cells priorRead More
Wine & Halloween Candy Pairing Guide
  Wine & Halloween Candy Pairing Guide Whether young or old, everyone loves Halloween. But one of the joys of being an adult is being able to enjoy Halloween sweets with a glass of wine. It’s a decadent and delicious way to treat yourself. A Few Guidelines When it comes to sweets, approach them the way you would any other dessert; choose a wine that is slightly sweeter than your treat. Look for shared flavoursRead More
A Look at Aromatic Grape Varieties
A Look at Aromatic Grape Varieties Have you ever found yourself at a bit of a loss when someone talks about ‘aromatic’ wines? We’re here to clear things up so you never get confused again. Aromatic wines are white wines which are incredibly fragrant due to the type of grape they are produced from. They can come from all sorts of climates – cool or warm and are notable for their intensity. They are oftenRead More
The Differences Between Left Bank and Right Bank Bordeaux
  The Differences Between Left Bank and Right Bank Bordeaux Bordeaux is famous for its wines the world over. They are some of the most sought-after wines by collectors and represent some of the greatest wines in the world. You may have heard about Right Bank versus Left Bank Bordeaux – so what’s the difference? It’s easier to figure out than you might think. The two sides are separated by the Gironde estuary and haveRead More