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
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  • 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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Aperol Spritz - the perfect summer cocktail

Popular in Italy as an aperitif, Aperol Spritz is a perfect cocktail for the summer months. You can find Aperol in most UK supermarkets; it is made by Campari and is a similar blend o f herbs, aromatic plants and fruit but it is orange-flavoured,  much less bitter and a perfect complement to  Prosecco .
The   recommended recipe is:

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Barbecues - bane or breeze?

Practical help for a laid back barbecue


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Barbecues can be a lot of work and sometimes a bit tiresome with the same old, sometimes charred, offerings but they needn't be - find some time-saving recipes that allow you to chat with your guests and serve wines that won't be overwhelmed by the smoky food .

To help you chill out at your barbecue this summer

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Australian Wine: where to start?

Advice on getting the best out of Australian wine

Boom to Bust 
In one of the exams I took in 2010 for my WSET Diploma in Wines & Spirits I had to write about "the crisis" in the Australian wine industry in the late 2000s. After what was considered a boom time from the mid 1980s to the mid 2000s when Australia rose from not

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Food and Wine Matching - some guidelines

Dispel the myths and read these top tips on food and wine pairing



Food and wine matching can be a minefield. There is nothing wrong with ignoring the "rules" and just sticking to your preferred wines but sometimes wines can seem flat and lose their fruit flavours when served with certain foods and some meals can be enhanced by serving complementary wines. So it is

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Malbec Miscellanea

17th April is  Malbec World Day ; an excuse to crack open a bottle of Malbec   and ponder the following facts about this grape.

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