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



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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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An 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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Oaked vs. unoaked wine (All you need to know)

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Most wine drinkers have strong feelings about oaked wines & unoaked wines; people either love or hate oaked wines. One thing that has not helped was the trend in the not-too-distant past for over-oaked wines like heavily-oaked Californian Chardonnay and commercial style Rioja. This guide to oaked wines looks at how oak affects wine, why and when oak is used in winemaking and how to

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A guide to the wines of the Rhône region

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An overview of Rhone wines

This blog post on Rhône wines, the first in a series, can only be an overview - the Rhône wine region is huge and the range of Rhône wines so varied that it is impossible to cover it all in one relatively short article. This guide covers Northern Rhone wines, Southern Rhone wines and their differences, Rhone wine labelling, what

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Women and wine

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In celebration of International Women's Day here are a few facts and musings about women and wine. Is it true that women are better tasters than men? Can you generalise about women's taste in wine? Do women spend more on wine than men? How do women buy wine? Do men and women swirl their wine in different directions? These are a few questions I ponder

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