Orange Wine: What is it, how is it made and why should you buy it?

  What exactly is orange wine, is all orange wine natural wine and do you have to go to a natural wine shop to buy it? In essence, orange wine is a white wine where the skins have been left in contact with the juice during fermentation. Normally reserved for reds and rosés, this technique […]

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Let’s Get This Party Started

  Late September means it’s party time! Nights draw in and night-life draws us out. Traditionally it’s a time for feasting, with crops being gathered and harvest-time making food abundant. It’s only natural then, that us temperate-climate-dwellers are hard-wired to desire a bit of celebration around now. And who are we to deny our instincts?! […]

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Canny Connoisseurs Choose Chile

Chile is our winemaking nation of the month. With around 75% of its wine produced for export, Chile has had to find its niche in the world market. For better or worse it chose price to be its USP. So for the last 20 years or so, Chilean wines have been synonymous with consistent quality […]

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Glorious Grenache

Grenache is another big-hitting red variety. It’s probably most famous for being a key ingredient in ‘GSM’ wines (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre) such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape Wine, or in a supporting role to Tempranillo in Rioja. But it also shines as a single varietal wine from places like Priorat, which produces some of Spain’s most sought-after wines. […]

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Captivating Cabernet

Last month we mused that Pinot Noir was the ‘King of Red Grapes’. Well, another contender to the throne has to be Cabernet Sauvignon (aka Cab). Why? Well, between Cab and Pinot Noir, you’ve pretty much covered most of the world’s priciest wines. Not that price is always an indicator of quality, but when you have wines […]

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It’s Carnival! So Let’s Drink Rum

Celebrating Caribbean culture almost always involves a drink a’ rum. But what classifies Caribbean Rum? Or Ron or Rhum, depending on your persuasion. Put simply it’s a distilled drink made from sugar, produced throughout countries with shores on the Caribbean Sea. Colonialism here was mainly perpetrated by the British, Spanish and French which gives us […]

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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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