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English Wine - What You Need to Know

Did you know that English wine has been around for over 2,000 years? The first grape vines were planted by the Romans. Quite how successful they were we don’t know but there is evidence to sugge...

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The Grape Diaries: Chardonnay

Chardonnay was once believed to be a cross between Pinot Blanc and Pinot Noir, but some genetic research later proved that the grape derives its roots from Gouais Blanc and Pinot Noir. While the Goua...

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A quick guide to Rioja wine

When we think of Spanish wines, Rioja is usually the first region that comes to mind. That could be because, in 2018, Rioja accounted for 47.3% of Spanish wine sold in the UK by value. It’s a po...

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An introduction to Croatian wine

Croatia and wine go back to 5th century BC, when Greek settlers first introduced vineyards to the Croatian coast. During the War of Independence (1991-1995), many wineries and vineyards were destroyed...

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Debunking Gran Selezione – What does it mean and where is it heading?

In the Spring of 2016, the Chianti Classico Consorzio debuted and showcased their greatest expression of Chianti Classico; Gran Selezione. The tasting event began with a panel discussion headed b...

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Do you know your sweet from your dry wines?

If you drink wine regularly, you’ve most likely already tried very sweet and very dry wines. What you might not know is that your brain might be lying to you.  Read our tips to find y...

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Experimenting with wine: why it’s good for the soul

We humans are creatures of habit. We find something we like and stick to it. When it comes to wine, however, a little experimentation is actually very good for the soul. The next time you reach for yo...

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Dive into Bordeaux wine

Bordeaux is big and diverse. Dividing it up into six families, by place, but more importantly by style, makes it easier to understand rather than trying to understand all the 65 different appellation...

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Easter Food and Wine Pairing Tips

Easter weekend is often the first family weekend of the year. Time to relax and enjoy a glass or two of good wine, with an excellent homemade lunch. Everyone's idea of the traditional lunch is dif...

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The truth about vegan wines

If you’ve ever picked up a bottle of wine and wondered what it means to be vegan friendly, you’re not alone. You might ask why would wine not be vegan? We all know wine is essentially fe...

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