What colour can tell you about wine

When drinking or tasting wine most people focus only on the smell and the taste of it, ignoring what ought to be the first step - looking at the wine's colour and its general appearance . You might think that choosing red, white or rosé is all you need to think about in terms of the colour of wine but in fact the colour can

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A review of three different wine saving systems

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If you've been following my blogs 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 after you have opened a bottle? After all, with a nod to health advice, we are all keeping an eye

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Matching Christmas food & wine - Main Courses

Tips for matching Christmas food with wine - and practical suggestions - 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

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Matching Christmas food & wine - Desserts

Tips for matching Christmas food with wine - and practical suggestions - Part 2


I cover in two separate blog posts a) main courses typically served at Christmas and suggestions for suitable wines and b) guidance on wines to serve with starters, brunch dishes and party food typically eaten at Christmas . There are no hard and fast rules for wine at this time of

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Matching Christmas food & wine - starters

Tips for matching Christmas food with wine - and practical suggestions - Part 3


In this blog post I give some suggestions for wines that will complement seasonal starters and other foods typically served at Christmas. I cover in two separate blog posts a) main courses typically served at Christmas and suggestions for suitable wines and

b) guidance on wines to serve with desserts typically

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PORT - PART 2 - THE TAWNIES

I wrote a blog post about ruby port after taking delivery of my first port, a beautiful Crusted Port from Churchill's Estates. I have now added a lovely tawny port from Quinta do Vallado to the portfolio so what better time to continue our journey on the Douro river to find out more about port and how tawny port (usually) differs from ruby port ?

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Reading Wine Labels: Old Vines

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Chances are you will have seen the term "Old Vine" or one of its foreign equivalent terms such as "Vieilles Vignes", "Alte Reben", "Viñas Viejas", "Vinhas Velhas" or "Antico Vitigno" on some wine labels. There is no requirement under any wine regulations that I know to mention the age of the vines used for wine grape production and yet old vine is a term that

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Albariño - crisp white aromatic wine: what's not to love?

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In honour of one of my best-selling white wines, Ferrum Albariño , let's take a look at the Albariño or Alvarinho grape and why Albariño wines are becoming increasingly popular . I latched on to this grape variety (pronounced phonetically as Alba-reen-yo) several years ago and have been slowly converting people over to its wines; in my opinion, Albariño, especially from the Rías Baixas DO,

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All you need to know about tannins in wine

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Is it just me or do you think that wines generally are becoming less tannic? I don't think my subconscious is pushing me away from more tannic wines when I taste and buy red wine. After all, in the right wine and when in balance with other elements of a wine, tannins are a good thing, providing character, structure, body and longevity ( see

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Wine Ratings; what's the score?

A critique of the wine critics

Woman-tasting-red-wine.jpg There are many people who review and score wine; I am often asked which of these wine critics I rate . So below are those wine critics at the top of my list and why - plus some information on the different ways they rate wine . I include what I think are the minimum scores that you should

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