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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 […]

Why Robert Parker is Like a Jedi Master of Wine

If there was a Yoda of wine, it would be Robert Parker. It not that he’s small, green and hairy. He isn’t. Nor talks in inverted syntax does he. Rather, Mr Parker is a hugely respected repository of wine knowledge, and his influence flows through the global industry like a mystical unseen force that changes […]

Make your own vintage wine rack

Storing wine properly is of vital importance, but is often overlooked by wine lovers. It may seem trivial, but this stuff matters: The difference between storing your wine in a vintage wine rack and in your kitchen is vast. We aren’t all sitting on large cellars of old Château Margaux back vintages, but if you are […]

Pinot Meow: 3 reasons to buy wine for your pet

Have you heard of Pinot Meow, the wine for cats? It may sound crazy, but cat wine is real – and surprisingly popular! Unlike the grape wine industry, there is really just one major player in the cat wine world: Apollo Peak. For those you that haven’t heard of Pinot Meow and the other pet […]

Going to Rioja Alta? 3 things you must do and see!

Have you ever been to Rioja Alta? Rioja wine is perhaps Spain’s greatest, and easily its best known export throughout the wine-loving world. Top Rioja brands such as Faustino Rioja, El Coto Rioja and Marqués de Caceres, to name just three, regularly appear in wine stores throughout Europe, America and beyond. Surely you know a […]

Why you should really own some Port wine glasses

Do you own any Port wine glasses? Many people don’t, but we think you should. Wine glasses come in all shapes and sizes, and with good reason: Individual wines have distinctive aromas and characteristics, and certain glasses are better at highlighting these than others. Of course, some wine glasses are more common than others. Cava […]