How Wine Producers Make the Cut Year After Year

How Wine Producers Make the Cut Year After Year

An Education on the importance of Winter Pruning

While you and I are dashing around getting ready for Christmas, vineyard owners in the northern hemisphere are out in their vineyards starting to carry out the all-important winter pruning of their vines. Of course, in the southern hemisphere this will occur during their winter around June/July.

Vines will happily grow and produce grapes without any pruning whatsoever, lots of grapes in fact, so it begs the question, ‘why on earth should viticulturalists bother pruning at all?’

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Are Claret & Port Going Out of Fashion?

There’s a perception that claret and port are commonly consumed by ageing, ruddy-faced gents of a certain disposition and with the emergence of a plethora of ‘trendy new’ wines, sometimes these cellar masterpieces feel like they’re falling out of fashion.

Over the past decade or so, both Bordeaux producers and Port producers alike accepted that in order to appeal to younger drinkers, they needed to modernise their wine styles tailoring them more towards casual dining and generally make them more accessible in their youth, without losing their provenance. Consequently, this approach has helped them to reach new audiences and our centuries-old love affair for these wines continues…

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The Best Wines to Gift This Christmas

The Best Wines to Gift This Christmas

It’s a conundrum we face in the run-up to Christmas every year, and I’m sure you’ve experienced it too. What do you buy for someone that has everything?

Well in our experience, you can never go wrong with a special bottle of wine, so long as they’re not tee-total of course!

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The Future’s Bright for Premium Expressions of Gamay

The Future’s Bright for Premium Expressions of Gamay

With a growing consumer interest in lighter bodied red wines as well as reds with lighter alcohol levels, this is good news for Beaujolais and other premium red wines made from the Gamay grape.

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What Makes Merlot Such a Good Food Wine

What Makes Merlot Such a Good Food Wine

Merlot is perhaps the most versatile grape variety when it comes to food pairing, which may go some way towards explaining its universal popularity. Often seen as simple, fruity, easy-drinking red wines, we shine a spotlight on a new wave of Merlots that are being created by passionate winemakers who want to dispel this myth.

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Finding Value in Small Family Grower Champagnes

Finding Value in Small Family Grower Champagnes

Synonymous with celebrations and the ultimate ‘father’ of the feelgood factor, Champagne is revered the world over. Its discovery was made in 1697 by a now famous French monk.

Perhaps not surprisingly the luxury brand named after this monk, Dom Pérignon, is owned by Möet et Chandon, the largest Champagne house of them all. However, more surprising is the fact that the annual production of this single luxury cuvée is more than ten times the total annual production of a small family grower like Champagne Pierre Mignon (see below), one of a growing band of small artisanal producers making exceptional Champagnes at affordable prices.

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