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What does Premier Cru mean for Sauternes wines?

Sauternes is home to the world’s finest sweet wines. Though it’s part of the Bordeaux region, the wines made here could not be any different from red Bordeaux. The unique wines of Sauternes have their own style, and, appropriately, their own quality ranking. If you’ve ever wondered what a Premier Cru Sauternes is, you’re in […]

What does Grand Cru mean in Bordeaux?

Spend enough time around French wine, and you’ll invariably hear the phrase “Grand Cru”. It sounds good, but it’s often misunderstood. It’s easy to see why: The term itself is French for “great growth”, with “growth” in the natural, agricultural sense of the word. Unfortunately, it’s not simply the case that the best vineyards in […]

7 Wine Sayings That Will Improve Your Life

There’s a lot of wisdom in a bottle of wine. You know that because as you drink, you find yourself musing on all aspects of life, and conversation becomes so much more interesting. Here, we’ve collected 10 of the best wine sayings. They’re drawn from across the wine drinking world, and over the centuries. What […]

You’ve got to visit Aranda de Duero. Here’s why!

Fans of quality Spanish wine will already know about the Ribera del Duero, and its capital city of Aranda de Duero. Wine lovers partial to wine tourism should really consider a trip to this Spanish wine stronghold for their next trip. Located in the Burgos province, Aranda de Duero has a lot to offer for […]

Spain’s Answer to Cupcake Wine

You may have heard of Cupcake Wine. It’s a brand with a certain appeal, but if you regularly drink their wine, you may wonder if you can get the same or better flavours elsewhere. You might even find those alluring notes less expensive somewhere else too. Well, Spain is such a diverse wine region that […]

English Wine Week 2017: What’s it all about?

You may have heard of English Wine Week, the annual celebration of English wine. Organised each year by English Wine Producers, the week-long campaign aims to highlight the best of English wine. English Wine Week 2017 will take place between the 27th of May and 4th of June, and will feature a range of events […]

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 […]

Retsina: The Greek wine you need to know about!

Ever had a Retsina wine? Greek wine is growing in popularity, though it’s not likely to enter the mainstream any time soon. The wines of Greece come in a variety of styles, and the white Assyrtiko grape in particular has been turning sommeliers’ heads for a while now. Retsina is a very particular type of […]