To decant or not to decant? That is the question...

Decanting wines or not by Wines With Attitude Often regarded as an old-fashioned, even somewhat pretentious practice, decanting wine has its fair share of doubters. Is decanting simply done for show or does it serve a useful purpose? If so, which wines should be decanted and how long before serving should wine be decanted? This blogpost looks into the why, which, how and when of decanting wine.


Why decant wine?

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Why champagne tastes like champagne

Champagne flavours by Wines With Attitude

A 'quick and general' guide to the Champagne flavour profile of Champagne and other wines made by the champagne method - with an explanation of some of the terms you will find on Champagne labels. I was asked by one of my newsletter subscribers to write about the differences between various types of sparkling wine including champagne - you may have seen my blogposts on 

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Comparing sparkling wine flavours

Sparkling wine flavours by Wines With Attitude

I have previously written about the differences between various types of sparkling wine including champagne - you may have seen my blogposts on  ways in which various sparkling wines and champagne are produced and on the flavour profile of Champagne and other wines made by the Champagne method such as English Sparkling Wine, Cava, Penedès Classico, Franciacorta, South African Cap Classique, Saumur, Vouvray and Crémants

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Which wines to drink in hot weather

Which wines to drink in a heatwave by Wines With Attitude

Which wines should you drink in hot weather - and which should you avoid? Some prefer a cold beer or a long cocktail with heaps of ice or stick to non-alcoholic drinks because they think there is no wine that will be refreshing enough to enjoy when temperatures rise. But for wine-lovers there are definitely some wines that will taste better than others when a

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Hot weather - its effects on grapes & wine

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Summer - in the Northern hemisphere at least – means, or should mean, beautiful clear skies, sunshine and heat, all elements that you would imagine combine to make the perfect weather for wine grapes. But with climate change average summer temperatures are rising to such an extent that heatwaves are becoming more frequent - 2017, 2018 and 2019 all saw heatwaves affecting much of Europe

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Best BBQ wines

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It’s warming up again; summer is making a comeback and so it’s time to stoke up the barbecue and invite friends round for a long-awaited catch-up. Rather than the relaxed affairs that they should be, barbecues can sometimes be hard work for the hosts especially if you are trying to prepare something a little out of the ordinary and for a large number of guests.

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The best ways to keep wine after opening a bottle


The best ways to keep wine after opening a bottle by Wines With Attitude

If you've been following my blogposts on wine storage , you'll know that too much exposure to air is not good for wine . So what to do when you want just one or two glasses of wine from a bottle? How do you keep wine fresh after you have opened a bottle? After all, with a nod to health advice, we are all keeping

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15 signs that you are a wine connoisseur

How to tell if you are a wine connoisseur by Wines With Attitude

Regular readers of my wine blog will almost certainly have an interest in wine. The very fact that you are here reading this article must mean you too are probably an oenophile. Most of you will consider yourselves wine lovers or wine enthusiasts rather than simply wine drinkers but   how many of you consider yourselves wine buffs, real afficionados, even wine obsessives? In this

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Guide to the Shiraz / Syrah grape & wines

Shiraz Syrah grape and wine


Shiraz used to be very popular here in the UK but Syrah remained, and still remains to some extent, relatively unknown. In fact Shiraz is the same grape as Syrah. This guide to the Shiraz or Syrah grape will reveal more about this wine grape variety and the different styles of Shiraz or Syrah wine. I’ll also be looking into what Shiraz tastes like,

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How to find the best Australian wines in the 2020s

Australian wines by Wines With Attitude

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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