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Wine experts to follow

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Now that many of us have more time on our hands it is a great opportunity to learn more about wine. We have put together a list of wine experts to follow to find out more. They range from education bodies to individuals who specialise in different topics of wine but all of them offer […]

Vintages – what are they and why are they important?

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What is a vintage? Put simply, the vintage of a wine is the year in which the grapes were harvested. The vintage can influence the taste and quality of the resulting wine due the conditions experienced by the vines over the growing season. It’s because of this that, in some instances, vintage can greatly affect […]

What’s in a name?

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There are so many varietals out there, but sometimes you come across one that seems very similar to another, is this just a case of two different names for the same grape, or does the difference lie beyond just the name? Here are three examples of names that are used interchangeably but can mean more […]

Classic French wines decrypted – Burgundy

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I could sit here and wax lyrical about the wonders of Burgundy, but a man much more experienced than I has already said it best, so I will quote him instead; “Only with Burgundy do the details matter so passionately…so horribly when you have a great one and there is no way to know what […]

Bordeaux Deconstructed by Jane Boyce MW

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Bordeaux: the name is synonymous with red wine and yet so many wine lovers would tell you they find it just too complicated, unpredictable and expensive and that they tend to look elsewhere when it comes to making their wine choices. So, let’s see if we can simplify things. Bordeaux is the name of a […]

Top 5 Tips for Making the Most of your Wine

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Enjoying your wine may seem simple but we’ve put together five top tips to help you make the most of your wine. These things can really make a difference and take your wine to the next level, why not give them a try?   1.Temperature It is a bit of a generalisation, but in the […]

Is there wine in Wine Gums?

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Before we answer the burning question, the question on everyone’s lips, or should that be in their mouth – do Wine Gums contain wine? We should add a little dusting of mystery to proceedings. In 2009 a shop in Cambridgeshire denied a schoolboy the right to purchase these delicious confectionery goods.  Supposedly he was ‘underage’, with the […]

Just Chill

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The idea that red wine has to be served at room temperature is dated and out of fashion. Wine lovers in this country routinely serve their red wines far too warm (and their whites far, far too cold!). In the 17th century French chateaux, where the rules and conventions of wine were discussed and decided […]

The terroir by Herdade do Portocarro

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According to the highly respected Larrousse Guide, terroir is a French word with no translation in any other language. Terroir means the most intimate relationship established between soil and a unique micro-climate. These are behind the birth of a specific type of grape, one that will freely express the quality, typicality and identity of a […]

Wine Myths Busted Part 2

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There are lots of myths and theories about how to spot “quality wine” and how to avoid the plonk. While some have a bit of merit, most of them hold very little truth. Let’s have a look at some common myths.   MYTH – “Good legs” means good wine This is an oldie, but a […]

Our Changing Climate and the Wine Industry

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Regardless of one’s position on the influence of (or lack thereof) anthropogenic climate change on global temperature and sea level rise and associated weather patterns, it is undeniable – according to a March 2018 report by the European Academies’ Science Advisory Council (EASAC) – that weather has become more volatile and more extreme in the […]

JN Wine on Tour: Burgundy & Rhone -Thursday Southern smiles

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Jane Boyce, MW gives us her account of the JN Wine trip to Burgundy and Rhone.  She tells us about the producers visited on Thursday.   Early morning Carpentras, blue skies, crisp frost but none of the snow that greeted us in Beaune. A breakfast of café au lait and croissants in our favourite Patisserie, […]