Red Wines

Why El Coto Rosé is the perfect summer wine

El Coto de Rioja is one of the world's favourite Spanish wine brands. From a base in the Rioja Alta region, El Coto produces an astonishing amount of wine, most of it red. If you're looking for a good value Rioja, El Coto will usually fit the bill. They also make the overperforming Coto de Imaz Rioja. We're not interested in red wine right now, though. Summer's in the air, and it's time to pick out a go-to wine for long hot days, BBQs and dining al fresco... Say hello to El Coto Rosé! (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
How to

Ever wonder how a wine corker machine works?

Making wine sounds easy. Grow a few grapes, convert their sugar into alcohol and away you go. All natural. Straightforward. Winemaking is a lot more than that, though, and these days wineries can look more like factories or laboratories given all the machinery on-site. From the wine corker to the optical sorter, there’s a whole industry that provides much-needed technology to wineries. All of a sudden, things sound a little more complicated. (more…)

By INVINIC, ago
Sparkling Wines

The Bollinger Special Cuvée Fact Sheet

Bollinger Special Cuvée is one of our favourite non-vintage Champagnes, and we’re not alone. Any Champagne fan will have tried this at least once, and it’s the go-to Champagne for many. For those of you that haven’t yet had the pleasure of tasting a bottle, or are considering upgrading from Cava, we’ve put together a handy Bollinger Special Cuvée Fact Sheet to tell you everything you need to know! (more…)

By INVINIC, ago
Did you know

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…)

By INVINIC, ago
Did you know

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…)

By INVINIC, ago
Sparkling Wines

Introducing grower Champagne – and why you should care!

Champagne is the world’s finest sparkling wine. Luxury Champagne labels command eye-watering prices, and the big brands are known far and wide. Massive Champagne houses like Moët & Chandon, Louis Roederer and Pommery dominate the market. The big Maisons de Champagne rule the roost, but they’re not the only game in town: Grower Champagne is increasingly popular among sparkling wine lovers. (more…)

By INVINIC, ago

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