Red Wines

3 French wines that Monte Real Rioja fans will love

Monte Real Rioja is a range of top Rioja wines produced by Bodegas Riojanas. The range covers Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva styles, among others. Along with other well-established names like Baron de Ley Rioja and Ramon Bilbao Rioja, Monte Real is one of Spain’s most popular exports. Though we love Rioja - and Spanish wines generally - the wine world is big and we’re all about expanding horizons. If you’re a fan of Monte Real Rioja, this article is for you: Read on for our handy guide that will present three top French wines that you should seriously try instead! (more…)

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The best red wine gifts for Valentine’s Day

Picture this: It’s Valentine’s Day and love is in the air. You and your significant other have a special evening planned. You’ve got dinner reservations at your favourite restaurant, or maybe you’re cooking something special at home. You’ve picked out the sweetest card you could find, and you’ve inscribed it with a beautiful message that is all sweet nothings and romance. Perfect... (more…)


Great food pairings for Merlot wines

Merlot is one of the world’s most popular red wine grapes. Good (and often great) Merlot is made throughout the world, from France and Spain to the USA, Chile and beyond. At its best it makes fleshy, rounded and supple wines with generous mouth-filling flavours of berries, plum and currants. The grape was famously bashed by the lead character in the popular movie Sideways, though it remains a crucial grape when it comes to many of the world’s finest wines. Bordeaux’s most expensive wines, Petrus and Château Le Pin, to mention just two examples, are made from 100% pure Merlot. (more…)


Gourmet food pairings for the world’s finest wines

Fine wines are not for everybody, but rather for the fortunate few. For many years, the finest wines of Ribera del Duero, Bordeaux and Burgundy have graced the dining tables of kings and queens, presidents and other politicians, and the rich and famous. The premium wines of these top regions are called “fine” for a reason: They come from the purest grapes in the world’s best vineyard sites, they’re made in small quantities by highly-skilled artisanal winemakers and, most importantly, they taste great. (more…)

White Wines

Learn all about Sauvignon Gris

If you’re reading this, let’s assume that you like wine. You buy wine online, and you like to read about wine online. Maybe you’re a serious wine expert already, or maybe you’re learning. No big deal. We’ll assume that you know a thing or two anyway. You’re probably familiar with Sauvignon Blanc, right? Right. Good job. So, what about Sauvignon Gris? (more…)


Sauvignon Blanc: Is it always dry?

Sauvignon Blanc is one of our favourite dry white wines. This popular grape variety originally comes from France, though is planted widely throughout the world. Most wine-producing countries make Sauvignon Blanc wines to at least some extent, with some of the best examples coming from the Loire Valley in France and Marlborough in New Zealand, where the grape is well established as a regional signature. Sauvignon Blanc from different parts of the world tastes different, though generally speaking you can expect a dry wine with high levels of acidity and mouthwatering fruit flavours. However, this is not always the case. Not all wines produced from Sauvignon Blanc fit this description; indeed, not all wines produced from Sauvignon Blanc are dry! (more…)


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