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How to make red wine warmer in a hurry

Have you ever had to make red wine warmer? Serving wine at the correct temperature is one of the big challenges in restaurant service, but it’s not something we often think about at home. We tend not to fuss too much about this stuff. Stick the white in the fridge, keep the red on the table, and serve accordingly. (more…)

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How many wine glass types do you really need?

Go to any fancy restaurant or formal wine dinner, and the sheer amount of wine glass types can be overwhelming. In fine wine service where several different wines are served, it’s quite common to have several different glass types, too. White wine and red wine are served in different glasses. Some whites are served in different glasses than others. It’s the same for reds. Then there’s Port glasses and Champagne flutes and everything else besides. (more…)

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What does Premier Cru mean for Sauternes wines?

Sauternes is home to the world’s finest sweet wines. Though it’s part of the Bordeaux region, the wines made here could not be any different from red Bordeaux. The unique wines of Sauternes have their own style, and, appropriately, their own quality ranking. If you’ve ever wondered what a Premier Cru Sauternes is, you’re in the right place. In this guide, we’ll tell you everything you need to know to understand the Premier Cru designations in Sauternes! (more…)

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What does Grand Cru mean in Bordeaux?

Spend enough time around French wine, and you’ll invariably hear the phrase “Grand Cru”. It sounds good, but it’s often misunderstood. It’s easy to see why: The term itself is French for “great growth”, with “growth” in the natural, agricultural sense of the word. Unfortunately, it’s not simply the case that the best vineyards in France are referred to as Grand Cru - many are, though there are outstanding wineries that don’t bear such a title, and the term has different meanings from one wine region to another, and. Grand Cru Champagne is one thing, and Grand Cru Bordeaux quite another. (more…)

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7 Wine Sayings That Will Improve Your Life

There’s a lot of wisdom in a bottle of wine. You know that because as you drink, you find yourself musing on all aspects of life, and conversation becomes so much more interesting. Here, we’ve collected 10 of the best wine sayings. They’re drawn from across the wine drinking world, and over the centuries. What they have to say could completely change your life, or just improve your next dinner. (more…)

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You’ve got to visit Aranda de Duero. Here’s why!

Fans of quality Spanish wine will already know about the Ribera del Duero, and its capital city of Aranda de Duero. Wine lovers partial to wine tourism should really consider a trip to this Spanish wine stronghold for their next trip. Located in the Burgos province, Aranda de Duero has a lot to offer for lovers of fine wine and food. We don’t think you’ll need all that much convincing, but let’s see what they’ve got going on in this wine mecca! (more…)

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Spain’s Answer to Cupcake Wine

You may have heard of Cupcake Wine. It’s a brand with a certain appeal, but if you regularly drink their wine, you may wonder if you can get the same or better flavours elsewhere. You might even find those alluring notes less expensive somewhere else too. Well, Spain is such a diverse wine region that we think we can find you the same taste, and at a more reasonable price. (more…)

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English Wine Week 2017: What’s it all about?

You may have heard of English Wine Week, the annual celebration of English wine. Organised each year by English Wine Producers, the week-long campaign aims to highlight the best of English wine. English Wine Week 2017 will take place between the 27th of May and 4th of June, and will feature a range of events across the country. English sparkling wine is more popular than ever and will surely be a large focal point of the festivities. English wine does not enjoy the levels of fame and critical acclaim of Spanish wine or French wine, but its popularity is growing. Quality levels are constantly rising too. (more…)

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American or French oak: What difference does it make?

Do you know how important French oak is to fine wine? Oak barrel ageing is common practice for all the best red wine in the world - and many whites, sparkling and fortified wines too, for that matter. Using oak barrels to ferment and/or age wine has multiple benefits for the wine itself. Oak flavours in wine can give complexity, nuance and distinct character. Many wine regions have developed their signature wine styles due to oak ageing, with Rioja being a prime example. So, what was that about French oak? (more…)

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Retsina: The Greek wine you need to know about!

Ever had a Retsina wine? Greek wine is growing in popularity, though it’s not likely to enter the mainstream any time soon. The wines of Greece come in a variety of styles, and the white Assyrtiko grape in particular has been turning sommeliers’ heads for a while now. Retsina is a very particular type of Greek wine, made partially from the trendy Assyrtiko grape. The Retsina style is no flash in the pan, though - its historical roots go way back at least 2,000 years! (more…)

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