How to hold a wine-tasting in lockdown

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Whilst we are all expected to #stayhome and #staysafe during the coronavirus pandemic we are all missing our friends and looking for new things to do. Connecting with your friends over wine in a wine bar or restaurant used to be the fun way to stay in touch but, with that not currently possible thanks to Covid-19, video chats with a glass of wine in

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Matching Easter foods with wine

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The long Easter weekend is usually a great time for getting together with family and friends;
this year, 2020, with coronavirus taking hold we will be of course restricted to sharing the day with just those in our households (#StayHome) and to eating whatever our local supermarket has in stock - but that does not mean we shouldn't celebrate. It seems that  there is no

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Dessert wines: Ice wine


You may have heard of ice wine (also known as Eiswein or icewine) but you will be excused if you don't know much about it because ice wine is quite rare and also expensive - but it is also a beautiful wine so if you get chance give it a try. But before you do, read all you need to know about ice wine. This

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How to find the best Australian wines in the 2020s

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It is difficult to generalise about Australian wine - with 65 different wine regions and more than 100 different grape varieties* grown, there is no one style of Australian wine. And yet on the whole the reputation of Australian wine still seems to be very poor - if you type "Australian wine" in the Google UK search bar, one of the Frequent Questions that pops

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Why we celebrate with champagne

Why we celebrate with champagne blogpost by Wines With Attitude

With Valentine's Day around the corner many wine merchants like me will recommend that you open a bottle of bubbly with your loved one. After all, we should celebrate the good things in life. This got me thinking… whether champagne, prosecco, English sparkling wine, crémant or cava is your fizz of choice, why do we celebrate with champagne or sparkling wine? If you are a

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The current state of American wines

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There has been a fashion, originating and much followed in the USA, for “fruit bombs” , BIG, over-ripe wines that were fruity but verging into or well within the realms of jamminess. Oak has also featured highly in many US wines, particularly in Californian Chardonnays to the extent that in blind Chardonnay tastings it was often possible to label a wine as American as soon

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Matching Christmas food & wine - Main Courses

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Tips for matching Christmas food with wine - Part 1

In this blog post I look into the typical Christmas dishes that feature as a main course for Christmas dinner in UK homes and make suggestions about wines that can complement them - and about wines that won't match so well. See my separate blog posts covering a) Christmas desserts and wine and b) wine

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Introduction to the Grenache grape & Grenache wine

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In fact there is not just one Grenache grape but there's a whole family of Grenache grapes and a range of different Grenache wines. What wines are made from Grenache grapes? Grenache can be a full-bodied wine or a lighter style, Grenache can be a dry wine or a sweet wine, a red wine, white wine or rosé and a fortified wine as you will

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How to tell if a wine is a good wine

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As the old and unattributed adage goes, life is too short to drink bad wine - but what makes a wine good or bad? What exactly is a good or quality wine? You may read 'Quality wine' or similar phrases on the label of a wine bottle but does that really mean that a wine is well-made? In this blogpost I share with you the

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Featured winery: Edetària

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One of the things I love most about my job is meeting with winemakers because they talk so passionately about how they craft their wines, from the vineyard to the bottle. I invariably learn something new about winemaking and/ or viticulture each time. Joan Àngel Lliberia from Edetària is certainly no exception; in September 2019 I had the privilege of meeting him and Edetària's marketing

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