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The beginner’s guide to Piper-Heidsieck Champagne

Piper-Heidsieck is one of the world’s most prestigious Champagne houses. It’s right up there with Moët & Chandon and Louis Roederer, always in demand. You’ve seen it on restaurant wine lists, in night clubs and in the finest wine shops. With a bit of luck, you’ve even had the good fortune to taste a Piper-Heidsieck Champagne […]

The Right Bottle Makes or Breaks a Creamy White Wine Sauce

A creamy white wine sauce made from scratch is a beautiful thing. It beats the pants off the shop bought stuff, and goes with poultry, pasta and even ham dishes. A common ingredient is wine. The joy of adding it in is that you can drink a glass as you cook, and drink it with […]

Ace Your Next Pub Quiz By Learning Champagne Bottle Sizes

You’ll have seen a magnum of champagne. But have you ever heard of a Nebuchadnezzar? There are in fact multiple champagne bottle sizes from the reasonably large to the really quite ridiculous, and their names are the sort of thing that crop up in trivia quizzes. Swatting up now could see your team sail to […]

Glug and Giggle with Wine Jokes

Ever noticed you laugh more after a drink? Not only does a little alcoholic lubrication of the funny bone put you in the mood for a good giggle, but the situations that occur around drinking are often quite ridiculous. So pour a glass. Here’s some of the best humour around drinking and wine.

Échezeaux: Can a €2,500 wine really be good value?

A bottle of Échezeaux wine from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti will cost you well over €2,000. That’s a lot of money, particularly for a bottle of wine. It may be a great wine, but could you really call it great value? It’s all relative, of course, but anybody who spends that sort of cash on […]

Wine pairing: What goes well with fish cakes?

You’re buying wine for dinner tonight and you ask yourself, “What goes well with fish cakes?” Don’t worry. Whether it’s hot Thai fish cakes or plain old cod cakes, we’ve got you covered. Food and wine pairing is part art and part science. What goes well with fish cakes for you may not be a […]

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 […]

Why you’ve got to try Xoriguer gin

If haven’t yet discovered Xoriguer gin, you might want to start paying attention right about now. Gin is booming in popularity these days, with a new brand of craft or artisanal gin launching seemingly every week. Unsurprisingly, it can be difficult to follow all this gin activity, and it can be hard to know where […]