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Drink this instead of Campo Viejo Rioja, thank us later!

Is Campo Viejo Rioja your go-to Spanish red wine? With sales of around two million cases per year, you're not the only one. Supermarket shelves are full of Campo Viejo wines, from its entry-level Garnacha all the way up through Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva Rioja levels. For many people, Campo Viejo Rioja is their reference point for Spanish wine. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but we think you can do better... (more…)

By INVINIC, ago
White Wines

Why Mar de Frades is Mighty Fabulous Albariño

There are good bottles of wine, and then there are great bottles of wine. Albariño from Galicia tends to produce some really quite lovely lemony white wines, but Mar de Frades deserves a special mention. This award winning wine is a fantastic introduction to the world of Spanish whites. There’s also a sparkling version that’s a much tastier alternative to champagne, so if you’re planning a celebration or about to eat seafood, this is a bottle you need in your life. (more…)

By INVINIC, ago
Vodka

One Man Vs Snow Queen Vodka Cocktails

Snow Queen Vodka is clean and classy. To appreciate that, you need to buy some truly awful vodka from a budget chain of shops, and by comparison, five times distilled, organic Snow Queen Vodka will feel as pure as Siberian snowflakes wafting in on an Arctic breeze. Being so refined, it’s also great for making cocktails. So one day, I set about seeing how a few classic cocktails would taste with Snow Queen Vodka as the base spirit. (more…)

By INVINIC, ago
Red Wines

The Cune Rioja Reserva 2011 cheat sheet: Tasting and food pairing

Cune Rioja Reserva 2011 is a new arrival on the market, and Rioja fans are already starting to snap it up. If you haven't tried it yet, or you want to know a little more before you buy it, stick with us. We've put together this guide to give you the low-down on Cune Rioja Reserva 2011 - everything you need to know from tasting to food pairing, and more besides, all in one place. (more…)

By INVINIC, ago
Sparkling Wines

The beginner’s guide to Piper-Heidsieck Champagne

Piper-Heidsieck is one of the world's most prestigious Champagne houses. It's right up there with Moët & Chandon and Louis Roederer, always in demand. You've seen it on restaurant wine lists, in night clubs and in the finest wine shops. With a bit of luck, you've even had the good fortune to taste a Piper-Heidsieck Champagne or two. With that said, how much do you really know about Piper-Heidsieck? This beginner's guide will te (more…)

By INVINIC, ago
Pairing

The Right Bottle Makes or Breaks a Creamy White Wine Sauce

A creamy white wine sauce made from scratch is a beautiful thing. It beats the pants off the shop bought stuff, and goes with poultry, pasta and even ham dishes. A common ingredient is wine. The joy of adding it in is that you can drink a glass as you cook, and drink it with the meal. So at several points, the wine needs to match what you’re cooking. It makes the difference between a so-so sauce and an outstanding one. (more…)

By INVINIC, ago
Did you know

Ace Your Next Pub Quiz By Learning Champagne Bottle Sizes

You’ll have seen a magnum of champagne. But have you ever heard of a Nebuchadnezzar? There are in fact multiple champagne bottle sizes from the reasonably large to the really quite ridiculous, and their names are the sort of thing that crop up in trivia quizzes. Swatting up now could see your team sail to victory! If nothing else, knowing about champagne bottle sizes will help you order the right bottle for a seriously big event. (more…)

By INVINIC, ago

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