The Many Faces of Chardonnay

We’ve spoken of the wonderfully adaptable grape variety Chardonnay previously in these pages. When we discussed when the term ‘Anything but Chardonnay’ came to prominence several years ago. So rather than cover old ground, we’re going to celebrate the incredible adaptability of the world’s second most widely planted white grape and take a good look […]

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Sandwiches: Britain’s Top Ten and Surefire Wine Pairings.

While our nation’s ten favourite sandwiches may not carry the weight of certain current affairs, it’s a brilliant excuse to indulge in a pastime we love here at hometipple HQ – What wine goes with that? British Sandwich Week is upon us from 22nd May. So we’ve divided Britain’s ten favourite sandwiches between four wines […]

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Do Ethical Drinks Taste Better?

It’s World Fair Trade Day on Saturday 14th May and that got us thinking. Does the fact that drinks are made ethically make them taste better? Here we focus on ethical drinks and their credentials. From Fair Trade supply chains to supporting ecological causes. From sustainable certification to Organic or Biodynamic farming practices. How do […]

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Marlborough and Beyond; Sauvignon blanc.

First up, International Sauvignon Blanc Day. On Friday 6th May the world pays homage to one of the white wine success stories of the last 20+ years. Marlborough, New Zealand may well be the capital of Sauvignon blanc but what else is out there? We look beyond this fabled region to explore the past, present […]

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“It don’t mean a thing, if it ain’t got that swing”

Our final theme of April takes inspiration from International Jazz Day, celebrated on 30th April. A style of music spanning many decades, jazz refuses to be pigeonholed and forms the basis of inspiration for many modern music genres. Notable for its free-form style and the virtuosity of its musicians, jazz offers us some of the […]

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Saintly Spirits & St. George

St George’s Day is 23rd April. Odd that the English don’t really make a big deal of it. St David, St Patrick and St Andrew all enjoy various amounts of celebratory fervour in these fair Isles, but not St George. Maybe it’s because he has very little to do with England.   George was a […]

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Malbec for Easter?

International Malbec Day falls on Easter Sunday this year, so who are we to deny this heaven-sent collab? One of the nation’s favourite red wine grapes, most of the Malbec we Brits buy comes from Argentina. This Mendoza-led style, with its big, bold characteristics, lends itself brilliantly to steak and other hearty red meat dishes. […]

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Be more Unicorn

“Always be yourself, unless you can be a Unicorn.  Then, always be a Unicorn.” Ready for some facts about Unicorns? Nope? Me neither. Unicorns are precisely what you want them to be. They embody the fantastical in our imaginations and understandably hold a very special place in our hearts. One thing we can all agree […]

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Mothering Sunday – Word to your mother

Mothering Sunday is on 27th March. It is time to choose your favourite mum and show her what she means to you. Let the bubbly corks fly or blow the budget on some incredible still wines. Toast your maker in style and make her the centre of your world once more. “To the world, you […]

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Judging a book by its cover …. It’s what’s inside that counts

Judging a book by its cover is rarely smart. Preconceptions can be wildly inaccurate and cause us to fall into the unpleasant trap of poor judgement and even prejudice.     At hometipple we always strive to be as open-minded as possible. By never allowing past negative experiences to limit our curiosity we remain open […]

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