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How to buy good wedding wine on a budget!

Worried about your wedding wine? Buying wine for a wedding can feel like a tough job, particularly when you’re on a budget. Planning your wedding is a lot of work, and it’s an expensive business, too. The good news is that buying wedding wine doesn’t need to be a nightmare. With a little bit of […]

Ever wonder how a wine corker machine works?

Making wine sounds easy. Grow a few grapes, convert their sugar into alcohol and away you go. All natural. Straightforward. Winemaking is a lot more than that, though, and these days wineries can look more like factories or laboratories given all the machinery on-site. From the wine corker to the optical sorter, there’s a whole […]

Does Wine Freeze Even If I Put it in a Freezer?

Sort of. Wine freezes at -6℃ to -9℃, and commercially available freezers go as low as -18℃. It’s certainly doable. Yet the alcohol in the wine means that it still doesn’t freeze as solidly or readily as water does, and so it would hold its shape only for a while in the freezer. Riesling ice […]

Love Every Bottle You Buy with the Robert Parker Collection

Wine can get expensive. And if you hate a bottle, you’re only going to feel worse for remembering the price tag attached to it, but you can avoid that sting if you take the advice of a good wine critic, like Robert Parker. In fact, Mr Parker has reviewed a huge number of wines over […]

3 good reasons to buy a wine saver

Have you ever considered buying a wine saver? The wine saver market is surprisingly complicated, and you can get anything from a cheap little stopper to a complex piece of cutting-edge technology like the Coravin that’ll set you back at least a few hundred euro. Whatever the style and no matter how advanced the technology, […]

A primer on Primitivo wine

Primitivo wine is a regional specialty of Puglia in Italy, though it has a much wider reach throughout the wine world. The grape that Primitivo wine comes from is grown in various regions throughout the world, and often under different names. What the Italians call “Primitivo” is “Zinfandel” to the Americans, and the tongue-twisting “Crljenak […]

How to explore Spanish wine on a budget

Spain makes some of the best wine in the world. From superstar regions like Rioja and Ribera del Duero to legendary producers like Vega Sicilia and Pingus, Spanish wine has no shortage of fanfare. Exploring Spanish wine is a fun and rewarding pursuit, but be warned: fine wine and a tight budget can be a […]

How to make sense of Bordeaux wine labels (& drink better wine!)

Some wine labels can be tricky to understand. Take France, where it’s common to label wines according to the region (or subregion) of production instead of the grape variety. This is useful if you happen to have specialist knowledge and know your Gevrey-Chambertin from your Morey-St-Denis, but it can be intimidating for the casual wine […]