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The Grape Diaries: Cabernet Franc

December 4th is global Cabernet Franc Day. It’s an annual event celebrating the brilliance and uniqueness of the Cabernet Franc red wine grape variety. Cabernet Franc is a returning rising star ...

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Winebuyers best-buys: Merlot

Winebuyers best-buys: Merlot  Discover our top Merlot picks to celebrate National Merlot Day this November, or simply to sip through your week.    Merlot in a nutshell  ...

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The Grape Diaries: Merlot

Merlot has often been overlooked as a rather safe option, lacking excitement and pizazz. But is this fair? It is in fact a key component of some of the most renowned wines in the world, from the very ...

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The Grape Diaries: Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the most popular grapes on the planet, and is capable of producing high quality wines across a range of climates and conditions.  It is instantly recognisable, mak...

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The Grape Diaries: Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is one of the most fascinating grape varieties in the world. Notoriously difficult to grow and make wine from, it nonetheless is responsible for some of the most iconic wines known to man, ...

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A guide to German grape varieties

Long regarded as a producer of sweet table wine, Germany in fact has a long and distinguished history of quality winemaking dating back to Roman times. Today it is the eighth largest wine producing c...

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A beginner’s guide to South African wine

South Africa may be classed as a New World wine region, but it actually has a long and proud history of viticulture and winemaking.  The first grapes were planted way back in 1655, with the first v...

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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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The Grape Diaries: Nebbiolo

Nebbiolo is one of the oldest grape variety, first being referenced as far as back as the 13th century. More importantly for us wine lovers, Nebbiolo grapes produce very tannic, big bold red wines ...

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Red wine grape varieties

For anyone new to wine, the sheer variety of grapes can seem confusing and even a little daunting. This is particularly so when it comes to red wine. If you don’t know your Zinfandel from your S...

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