What wine to take to a house party?

What wine to take to a New Year house party is always tricky. On the one hand, you don’t want to spend too much money. Invariably, you’ll probably only end up drinking a glass or two of it, if you’re lucky. Not to mention the other unknown guests who will probably glug it down when […]

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Festive Fizz – Change your Champagne for our Seasonal Sparklers

Festive Fizz and Seasonal Sparklers don’t always have to be Champagne. In the run-up to New Year’s Eve, everyone loves bubbles, especially that first glass of New Year Champagne. But it choosing an alternative can be both a smart and delicious choice. Most of the well-known Champagne brands really only produce their best work above […]

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Last-minute Gifts Guaranteed to Gladden

We’ve all been there, scrabbling around for last-minute gifts guaranteed to gladden. Desperately death-scrolling endless gift inspiration websites to find unique Xmas gifts with only a week or so to go. Avoid the usual stocking-filler gubbins and grab a bottle of something delicious. A delightful drink shared with loved ones is what the magic of […]

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Why American Wines make Glorious Gifts

  If you want the ultimate red wine Christmas gift, look no further than American wine. That’s not to say their white wines aren’t amazing too. Here in the UK, we are blessed, in that we avoid many of the US’s less-than-ideal vinous offerings. It simply doesn’t make sense to transport, over such a great […]

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Wine to Pair with Christmas Dinner

  Every Christmas meal deserves the perfect Christmas wine. So we’ve pulled together four ideal wines to pair with Christams Dinner. We’ve exceptional wines to go with goose, twin with turkey, marry with meat-free options or buddy up with beef. Straight out the blocks, we have one of the most unusual but compelling wines we’ve […]

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Single Malt makes Perfect Presents – St. Andrew’s Day

Single Malt Whisky is arguably Scotland’s greatest export and this St. Andrew’s Day we want to celebrate that. Happily, these also make cracking Christmas drinks and perfect presents. We start by introducing a new addition to the hometipple family! Ardnamurchan (Ard-na-mur-kan). A standout, recently re-established distillery, resurrected by renowned bottlers, Adelphi. Your drinks cabinet won’t […]

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Argentina: Much More than Malbec

Many assume Argentinian wine is all about Malbec, but what about other varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay? Well, we’re pleased to confirm that in Argentina, wine comes in many forms. Unlike many countries with no indigenous vines, wine was consumed by normal working people. During the 1970s when the UK’s average wine consumption was […]

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Shiraz and Syrah to make you Shout and Sing

The next great grape for our red wine monthly musings is the majestic Shiraz/ Syrah. Its origins were thought to be in either Syracuse in Sicily or the ancient capital of Persia, Shiraz. DNA profiling suggests nothing so exotic, however. Syrah, like so many varieties, hails from France with little known as to why it’s […]

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Vinonomics: Want quality wine? Spend a little more, get a lot more

When it comes to searching for the best value wine several questions arise, including ‘how much does wine price affect wine quality and does quality wine have to be expensive wine?’ Well, our friends over at Bibendum have helped us out. Below is a fantastic visual aid showing what we pay for when we buy […]

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Autumn Drinks and Winter Drinks for Bonfire Night

Bonfire Night puts us in the mood for Autumn and Winter drinks that warm the cockles. First up, Vecchia Romagna. An Italian brandy with a dedicated following, it makes for a seductively tasty Bonfire Night tipple. Next, Fair Belize Acacia Finish. It’s a Caribbean rum that may be a little unfamiliar but has excellent and […]

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