A Quartet of Crackers for International Pinot noir Day

Pinot Noir. King of black grapes? Some would certainly argue so. It is, after all, responsible for producing some of the world’s most expensive wines. With its thin skin, tightly- packed bunches, and tendency to prefer quite a small operating window in terms of temperature, Pinot Noir is one of the hardest grapes to grow […]

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Grape-based Treats for the Glorious Twelfth

Friday 12th August heralds the Glorious Twelfth, the day when traditionally Grouse shooting begins (vegans and vegetarians, apologies! Please look away now). So in light of this time-honoured tradition, this week we will explore an unashamedly meat-based theme. Game. It may be a little more expensive than farmed equivalents, but then it’s often a lot […]

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Peerless Portugal

Make no mistake, Portugal is not a large country. And yet it manages to produce huge amounts of wine from over 250 local varieties. And it’s not just about sweet, fortified wines. Here we look at a cross-section of what this incredible country has to offer. A wonderful dry white from a more southerly Portuguese […]

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Which Wines to Choose for Cheese

There are two basic rules when it comes to pairing wine with cheese: Red goes with hard cheese and white goes with soft. Rennet is a type of fat used in soft cheese-making. It clashes horribly with tannin, which all red wines contain. Tannin is felt as that drying sensation that clings to your teeth […]

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South African Wine; Affordable and Seriously Accomplished

They say beautiful wine has to be made in a beautiful place and the South African winemaking regions are picture-postcard-stunning. They are often located near mountains and coastlines where cooling breezes and lower nighttime temperatures help slow down ripening. These stunning settings not only provide conditions for richer, fuller flavours to develop in the grapes […]

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Cocktails at Home – A Beginner’s Guide

There is a certain amount of commitment required to make cocktails at home, but it can be so rewarding! How many of us have acquired a cocktail set, only to use it once and give up? As with many things, a better understanding is the key to enjoyment.   The Foundations Fortunately, there are just […]

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Store and Serve Wine Like a Pro

Here are our top tips and handy hints to store and serve wine like a professional. Firstly, let’s look at where it’s stored. Big fluctuations in temperature, as well as direct sunlight, can damage wine and make it undrinkable even after just a few weeks. Avoid kitchens where possible (they get hot) and stay away […]

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Perfect Pairings for a Peerless Picnic

  It’s National Picnic Week from 18th – 26th June! Who amongst us can honestly say they don’t love a picnic? Originating in pre-revolutionary France amongst the aristocracy, they were a kind of bring-your-own-dish dinner. These were always hosted indoors followed by singing, gambling, dancing and general carousing. It wasn’t until the French Revolution that […]

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The Hidden Wonders of Hungarian Wine

  This week we’ll be focussing on the hidden wonders of Hungarian wine. Here at hometipple we only have two criteria for choosing drinks. Is it delicious? Is it value for money? Our small, dedicated tasting team has spent many hours researching and tasting thousands of products. We aim to give everyone the chance to […]

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Bring on the BBQ! Perfect wine pairings for flame-grilled flavours.

National BBQ Week is upon us from 6th – 12th June and it’s something we simply cannot let pass us by. Alfresco dining may be a treat on these shores, but Alfresco cooking is something to revel in. It’s not all about comedy aprons and carbonised sausages though. What to drink with flame-grilled food is always a […]

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