The Many Guises of Grenache

The Many Guises of Grenache

Grenache is one of the world’s most versatile black grape varieties, it’s the powerhouse behind Châteauneuf-du-Pape and is a key contributor to many of the best southern-European rosés. It’s also the latest obsession for conscientious winemakers in Spain, Australia and elsewhere in France. Their aim, to produce a new breed of pure-varietal reds that have energy, complexity and perhaps most-importantly, innate drinkability.

So what’s all the fuss about? To try and shed some light, we first need to delve a little deeper into the past…

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Australian Wines are Raising the Bar

Australian Wines are Raising the Bar

Over the past decade, the British people’s attitude towards Australian wines has been swinging in favour of their premium wines, reflecting the more general trend of drinking less but drinking better.

This is music to the ears of the new generation of winemakers who are passionate about making wines with true regional distinction, using less human intervention than those mass produced by the huge ‘bulk wine’ conglomerates that still make up around 85% of what we consume as a nation, every year.

This week we take a trip ‘Down Under’ to find out more about this unique country and where to find outstanding value from some of the smaller producers.

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Why Cabernet Sauvignon is a Class Act

Why Cabernet Sauvignon is a Class Act

In the wine world, one grape variety is associated with more illustrious and iconic estates than any other and that’s Cabernet Sauvignon.

From Château Mouton Rothschild in Bordeaux to the first ‘Super Tuscan’ Sassicaia, and from the cult Californian Screaming Eagle to the Lebanese legend Château Musar, Cabernet Sauvignon forms the backbone and therefore ensures the wines’ ability to age and evolve over decades, not just years.

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Reds under the Microscope – An Education on Pinot Noir

Pinot-Noir-Blog

To help celebrate ‘National Pinot Noir Day’ on the 18th August, we take a closer look at what makes this grape variety so special and why it makes some of the world’s most expensive wines. Join us as we put reds under the microscope for an education on Pinot Noir.

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Oak & Wine (A Near-Perfect Marriage)

Oak in wine production

How did the mighty oak come to play such a pivotal role in the production of wines?

Like a near-perfect marriage, wine’s relationship with oak has flourished, endured and stood the test of time since its union some 2,000 or so years ago. Sure it’s had to adapt over time, to prevail in the sway of public opinion, especially after the excesses of the 1980s, think Aussie and Californian Chardonnays.

Oak, or more specifically white oak, is still the winemaker’s preferred option for maturing premium wines of any colour and nowadays it actually has less to do with the flavour. We’ll get to this a little further on.

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Great British Wines Featuring Simpsons Wine Estate

Great British Wines; Featuring Simpsons Wine Estate

What a time to be a wine producer in Great Britain. Surging demand for top notch fizz both home and abroad, no shortage of perfectly-suited sites to plant vines and a forward-thinking, entrepreneurial industry are helping to pave the way for our home-grown wines.

Analogies have even been drawn with New Zealand and their establishment of ‘Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc’ during the 1980’s which has since become a household name. Can England achieve the same level of fame with sparkling wine over the next decade or two?

As we delve a little deeper into the Great British wine scene, we’re proud to introduce Simpsons – one of the early pioneering English wine estates who are enjoying great success and we’re delighted to be stocking their award-winning range.

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Our Favourite Food & Wine Pairings for July

Food & wine Pairings

Each month, to inspire your tables and encourage you to try new food and wine pairings we’ll be highlighting some of the best ingredients that are in season with a couple of recipe ideas and the wines we think compliment them best.  

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Summertime Reds for the Barbecue

Summertime Reds for the Barbecue

You might be thinking that summer is the wrong time of year for red wines but in actual fact there are plenty of lighter and juicier styles that work perfectly, especially when served slightly cooler than usual. We’ve selected a couple of mono-varietal wines as well as a blend to feature this week.

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