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Understanding Pinot Grigio rosé and other pink wines

Have you ever wondered how they make Pinot Grigio rosé? Pinot Grigio wine is white, right? So how can Pinot Grigio rosé be pink? The answer is simpler than you might think, but it’s a good question. We all enjoy a glass of rosé during the summer, but how much do we really know about […]

VDN: The best Muscat drink you’ve never heard of

Does the name vin doux naturel ring a bell? If you’re a fortified wine fan, you want to be all over this stuff. Vin doux naturel, or VDN for short, is the best fortified Muscat drink you’ve never heard of. If you like your dessert wine sweet, strong and fruity, this is your thing.

Why El Coto Rosé is the perfect summer wine

El Coto de Rioja is one of the world’s favourite Spanish wine brands. From a base in the Rioja Alta region, El Coto produces an astonishing amount of wine, most of it red. If you’re looking for a good value Rioja, El Coto will usually fit the bill. They also make the overperforming Coto de Imaz Rioja. […]

The Cune Rioja Reserva 2011 cheat sheet: Tasting and food pairing

Cune Rioja Reserva 2011 is a new arrival on the market, and Rioja fans are already starting to snap it up. If you haven’t tried it yet, or you want to know a little more before you buy it, stick with us. We’ve put together this guide to give you the low-down on Cune Rioja […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Bollinger Special Cuvée Fact Sheet

Bollinger Special Cuvée is one of our favourite non-vintage Champagnes, and we’re not alone. Any Champagne fan will have tried this at least once, and it’s the go-to Champagne for many. For those of you that haven’t yet had the pleasure of tasting a bottle, or are considering upgrading from Cava, we’ve put together a […]

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 […]