Featured Winery - Te Whare Ra (TWR)

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I had been stocking TWR Pinot Noir for a few years and it had become - and still is - a firm favourite of many Pinot Noir aficionados with customer reviews like this "OMG! Superb, beautifully subtle" and many accolades for all its vintages. So when someone asked me to source some of TWR's white wines, I did not hesitate to investigate.

As luck would

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Vegan & Vegetarian wine guide

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There is a lot of talk about vegan wine these days. You may wonder what all the fuss is about. After all wine is made from grapes, a plant, so you would think it fits perfectly into a vegetarian's or vegan's approved list of food stuffs, wouldn't you? This vegan wine guide looks at why wine isn’t always vegan, the differences between vegan and non-vegan

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Guide to the Chardonnay grape & Chardonnay wines

Guide to the Chardonnay grape and Chardonnay wines

I'll show my hand upfront - I love a good Chardonnay but I know it is quite a divisive grape with many who don’t like it. Remember the "Anything but Chardonnay" or "ABC" era in the late 1990s? This was almost certainly in part a backlash against "Nothing But Chardonnay" being served. It was just everywhere and then sank almost into oblivion as Sauvignon Blanc

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All about acidity in wine

 

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What acidity in wine means

This Wines With Attitude guide covers everything you need to know about acidity in wine - how you taste acidity in wine, what causes it, which wines have high acidity and which are low in acidity, whether high or low acidity is better plus tips on matching high acid wines with food.

Wine writers use the word "acidity" frequently

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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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Dessert wines: Ice wine

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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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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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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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