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3 great white wine brands (that won’t cost you a fortune)

How many white wine brands can you think of? Familiar and recognisable brands provide reassurance for people buying wine, but the notion of wine brands can sometimes upset wine purists (read: snobs). We’re going to talk a little bit about why you don’t hear more about white wine brands, and then pick out three of […]

What makes Pingus wine so great?

Have you ever tasted a Pingus wine? Dominio de Pingus, to give it its proper title, is one of the finest wine producers in Spain. From its tiny vineyard in the Ribera del Duero region, it routinely produces some of the best red wine in the world. For all its prestige and fame, however, few […]

3 things you didn’t know about Louis Latour

Does the name Louis Latour ring a bell? If you’re a fan of Burgundy wine, it should. Maison Louis Latour is one of the best-known wine producers and wine merchants in all of Burgundy. The Latour family has been growing vines in the vineyards of Burgundy since the 16th century, and today the family company […]

Is the Ruinart Champagne price fair?

For lovers of Ruinart Champagne, price is not that important a factor. Champagne is not cheap, of course, and especially so for quality Champagne. There are cheaper sparkling wines out there, for sure. You’ll get a decent Cava, Prosecco or Franciacorta for a fraction of the price or Ruinart or any other top Champagne. But when […]

Why Mar de Frades is Mighty Fabulous Albariño

There are good bottles of wine, and then there are great bottles of wine. Albariño from Galicia tends to produce some really quite lovely lemony white wines, but Mar de Frades deserves a special mention. This award winning wine is a fantastic introduction to the world of Spanish whites. There’s also a sparkling version that’s […]

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 […]

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 […]