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Pairing Spanish wine and Italian food – seriously!

To say that Italians are serious about their food would be something of an understatement. In Italy, food is an integral part of daily life. Italians are proud of their cuisine, and rightly so; It is some of the best in the world, and many Italian dishes have travelled to become household names across the […]

How to spot 3 common wine faults

Drink enough wine, and you’re quite likely to come across a faulty one now and again. The good news is that advances in winemaking technique, packaging and storage of wine mean that the incidence of wine faults today is lower than ever. The not so good news is that wine faults still can, and do, […]

American or French oak: What difference does it make?

Do you know how important French oak is to fine wine? Oak barrel ageing is common practice for all the best red wine in the world – and many whites, sparkling and fortified wines too, for that matter. Using oak barrels to ferment and/or age wine has multiple benefits for the wine itself. Oak flavours […]

Happy Birthday Wine Guide: 3 gift ideas for wine lovers

Buying wine as a gift is incredibly popular, particularly for birthdays. We’ve all got a wine lover in our life (probably more than one, to be fair!) and a nice bottle of something special is a great go-to gift option. Not all wine is created equally, though, and not all wine lovers have similar tastes. […]

How food-friendly is Brut Nature Cava?

Cava, Spain’s favourite sparkling wine, is a great choice for food and wine pairings. This traditional method sparkling wine is well known throughout the world, and makes a valid alternative to Champagne and Prosecco. As wine lovers get more and more adventurous, they start to move away from the more traditional choices when it comes […]

How to pair food with Rueda wines

Rueda wine comes from Spain’s Rueda DO, located between the prestigious regions of Toro and Rueda del Duero. Unlike its neighbours, however, Rueda is best known for producing white wine. White Rueda comes from Verdejo, Sauvignon Blanc, Viura, or a combination of all three. Stylistically, they can range from light and fresh to full-bodied and […]

3 things you didn’t know about Château Mouton Rothschild

Château Mouton Rothschild is one of the top fine wine estates in Bordeaux and, by extension, the world. Located in the prestigious appellation of Pauillac, it is the jewel in the crown of the Baron Philippe de Rothschild wine portfolio. As one of the world’s most high-profile wineries, wine lovers throughout the world are familiar […]

Head to head: Rivamonte Prosecco vs. Freixenet Cava

Ever had Rivamonte Prosecco? This style of light and refreshing sparkling wine has taken the world by storm, and no supermarket wine section or restaurant wine list is complete now without at least a bottle of Prosecco. People like Prosecco because it’s straightforward, simple and – let’s face it – cheap. It’s true, bottles like […]