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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 […]

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 […]

Introducing grower Champagne – and why you should care!

Champagne is the world’s finest sparkling wine. Luxury Champagne labels command eye-watering prices, and the big brands are known far and wide. Massive Champagne houses like Moët & Chandon, Louis Roederer and Pommery dominate the market. The big Maisons de Champagne rule the roost, but they’re not the only game in town: Grower Champagne is […]

The 5-minute guide to understanding Port: Grape varieties

Port wine is arguably the world’s favourite fortified wine. Despite its popularity, Port remains something of a mystery to many wine lovers. There are a lot of variables in Port production that make it such a unique drink, and one important aspect of that is the grape varieties used. This quick guide will get you […]

The beginner’s guide to making Prosecco: The tank method

Italian Prosecco is one of the world’s favourite sparkling wines. Wine lovers all over the world love its refreshing acidity, light fruity flavour and, perhaps above all, its accessible price. While Prosecco generally lacks the prestige of Champagne or the complexity of Cava, it still represents great value for money.

Making Champagne (and why you should leave it to the experts!)

Have you ever thought about making wine at home? It’s not exactly mainstream, but there is a small minority of wine lovers that have made it a hobby of theirs. Buying wine kits online is probably the most popular way to go about it, but some go so far as to grow (or buy) their […]

Wine kits: Could they save you money?

We’ve spoken about wine kits before, and let’s just say that we have mixed feelings. For us, wine kits remove quite a lot of the romance inherent in a good bottle of wine: The best wines display a real sense of place, what the French call “terroir”. Wine kits do not offer anything of the […]