Wine faults ~ Part 1

The lesser evils - minor flaws in wine


Contrary to popular belief there is only one true wine fault, corked wine or cork taint. There are a number of other faults that fall into a grey area because what is one person's fault in a wine might be considered a "characteristic" of the wine to others . And some things considered "faults" are not

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Reading wine labels: who has actually produced your wine?

Wine provenance: clues to look for on the label

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Geographical indication
You may not pay too much attention to the specific origin of your wine other than looking for a geographical indication or appellation; that is a good starting point but did you know that in some countries regulations allow wine producers to declare a wine is produced in a certain region when only a

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Vintage champagne; is it such a big deal?

Vintage champagne is often talked about in much revered terms and the prices it can sell for suggest a far superior product to non-vintage champagne but is it so much better than non-vintage? First let's look at the differences between the two.

Non-vintage champagne is produced year on year in a consistent house style and to achieve that consistent style champagne houses have to use

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The Cava revolution

What is happening to Cava?

There has been a quiet revolution happening in the Penedès region of Northern Spain . The main reason has to be the success of Prosecco in recent years, positioning itself as the "value" alternative to Champagne in many markets including the UK. Cava has been fighting back on the quiet and is now pushing ahead a little more noisily in

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Storing wine: rough guidelines on Drink By dates

Wine Storage - Part 3 - table of Drink By dates

In the first part of our Storing Wine blog
we covered how and where wine should be stored. Part 2 of the blog gave an insight into which wines are likely to improve with age and clues to the characteristics you can look for to determine if a wine will keep.

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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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