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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 […]

Is this the best Marqués de Riscal wine ever?

Marqués de Riscal wine is one of Spanish wine’s best-known exports. One of the oldest wineries in Rioja, its history dates back to 1858. Since then, the bodega has gone from strength to strength, developing into a world class wine tourism destination, complete with its own designer hotel and Michelin-starred restaurant. Alongside Muga, Faustino and […]

Making sense of Muscadet

How’s your Muscadet wine knowledge? Most wine stores and supermarkets will stock at least one bottle of Muscadet, yet it remains slightly tricky to understand. “Muscadet” is neither the name of a grape nor of a region. The word “Muscadet” sounds a lot like “Muscat”, but they are two very different wines. Don’t worry, though. […]

Why you should be drinking more Portuguese white wine

Portuguese white wine doesn’t always get the credit it deserves. We love Spanish wine so much that we sometimes forget about neighbouring Portugal and the wondrous wine it has to offer. Sure, you hear about Port now and then, but what about the country’s white wines? We’ve got everything you need to know about Portuguese […]

3 wines that Torres Viña Sol fans will love

Ask many casual wine drinkers to name a white Spanish wine, and they’ll likely mention Torres Viña Sol. The ubiquitous Miguel Torres produces Spanish wine and brandy in various styles, ranging from everyday to high-end. Torres Viña Sol is perhaps the producer’s best-known wine: Walk into just about any wine store or supermarket and you’ll […]

Chickens Should Be Afraid of Dry White Burgundy Wine

If there’s a chicken in the room, you may want to angle the monitor away from them. That’s because dry white burgundy wine makes their flesh so much more delicious, and buying a bottle is a great excuse to fire up the oven for some tasty plates of poultry.

Demi sec Champagne: Why isn’t it more popular?

Demi-sec Champagne isn’t popular. Let’s just get that out there. For those of you that might be wondering, “demi-sec” literally means “half dry”. Demi-sec Champagne is thus a half dry – that is, somewhat sweet – Champagne. While Champagne is the world’s finest sparkling wine, the majority of its production is focussed on dry styles, […]

The Semillon Chardonnay cheat sheet

Semillon Chardonnay is a pretty common wine blend, though it can be hard to get your head around it. When learning about wine, we discover that certain grape varieties have specific characteristics in terms of flavour and aroma. It can be tricky enough to remember which individual grape variety tastes like what. How does Albariño […]