Storing wine: which wines will improve with age?

Wine Storage - Part 2 - which wines will keep?

More than 95% of all wine produced is intended to be drunk young , within 1 to 2 years of bottling, so is at its peak when released for sale. If you prefer a fruitier wine style then you can safely stick to younger wines. But for those that appreciate more developed flavours some wine

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Storing wine: how and where?

Wine Storage - Part 1 - storage of unopened bottles

In an ideal wine world we would all live in houses with cellars because cool cellars are the ideal environment for storing wine . But in this slightly less than ideal wine world where most of us aren't lucky enough to have a cellar, how and where should we store our wine?

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A Mother's Day / Easter treat

With Mother's Day approaching and Easter hot on its heels, this tried, tested and much loved recipe for Lemon, Ricotta & Almond cake would be  the perfect treat for a family celebration .

I cannot remember the exact origin of the recipe having torn it out of a newspaper many years ago; you can find may iterations on the internet. This cake/ dessert has been

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Demystifying Rioja - Part 1

Someone once said to me that you can't go wrong with Rioja and I often recommend it as a wine to pour at parties, mainly because it is one of the UK's favourite red wines . Although white Rioja is growing in popularity it is still only a fraction of the red wine produced in the Rioja region so this blog focuses on the reds.

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Cabernet Franc: Time for the bridesmaid to step up to the altar

Despite being in the top 20 most planted grapes in the world, Cabernet Franc  may not necessarily be one of those grapes that you seek out when looking for wine. It tends to keep a low profile - more of a bridesmaid than the bride. But, for years overlooked, Cabernet Franc is reckoned to be on the upward trend .

Ever the bridesmaid?
Black grape variety Cabernet

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2016: what's hot and what's not

On the wane

arrow down black.jpg Alcohol : Hats off to all those undertaking Dry January. There are certainly benefits to our health with lower alcohol consumption although we suspect the UK governent's new weekly limits will be debated for some time.
Our mantra at Wines With Attitude remains 'Drink less but drink better' ; there is a good reason why we focus on wines in the £12 to

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

Often regarded as an old-fashioned, even somewhat pretentious practice, decanting wine has its fair share of doubters. Is it simply done for show or does it serve a useful purpose? If so, which wines should be decanted and how long before serving?

Why would you?
The main reason historically for decanting wine is to remove it from its naturally-occurring sediment which can taste bitter and,

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Everything you need to know about acidity in wine


We use the word "acidity" frequently in our unique Wines With Attitude tasting notes despite the fact that consumers may be wary of the term because of the negative connotations of the word "acid". But acidity is one of the essential components of a good wine - see our previous blog on what makes a wine a good wine - though what is most

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Syrah or Shiraz, so many different styles...

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Syrah / Shiraz
  • Yes, they are the same grape, the Australian name, Shiraz , more widely adopted as it is better known to consumers than the French name, Syrah ; it is also known as Hermitage
  • There is much debate about its origins but it has been proved by DNA profiling to have originated in France , a cross between two lesser-known French

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Judging Day: A day in the life of...

A wine judge for the International Wine & Spirit Competition

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An unlikely setting for a wine competition you might think ... this is Dunsfold Park in Surrey – where the IWSC holds its judging sessions, Top Gear apparently films programmes (though never when I have been there) and aircraft come and go on the private airfield – I am reliably informed that the plane on

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