Tsinandali - Cradle of Georgian Wine

Tsinandali - Cradle of Georgian Wine

Georgia is widely recognised as the home of winemaking, with a history spanning at least 8000 years. Known for its unique range of over 50 types of wine using over 500 grape varieties, it has a vast range of traditional wines from full and dry to light and sweet, as well as their famed orange wine. Each small region produces its own classic wine, with many family-owned vineyards and wineries still in operation. This blog focuses on the Tsinandali (AOC) microviticulture area, nestled on the right bank of the Alazani River and known as the cradle of Georgian classical winemaking.
March 23, 2020
Tips On Storing Your Wine

Tips On Storing Your Wine

Wine storage is key when it comes to looking after your wine in both short term and long-term situations.  95% of wine is bought to be consumed within the first 48 hours of owning the bottle however if you understand wine or have an investment portfolio – it is a very good idea to invest in reliable and consistent wine storage – whether this is a wine cabinet or the storage is outsourced to companies who manage their own wine cellars, this is up to you.

In this article in collaboration with Elite Wine Refrigeration, we discuss the key factors that need to be maintained in order to keep your wine in pristine condition and allow it to develop as it should over many years.  Not all wines need to be kept for long periods of time but there are many varieties that benefit from being stored correctly.

March 16, 2020
Brazilian Brilliance

Brazilian Brilliance

Even though its first vines were planted in the 16th century, and European immigration brought local success until recently, Brazil has only made its mark on the international market since the millennium. Over 3000 awards for wine belies its relative youth, with a lots more excitement to come from its many regions that are learning to reach their full potential.
March 09, 2020
Quintessentially Cahors

Quintessentially Cahors

We often turn to South America, in particular Argentina, for Malbec. However, from the middle ages to the late 19th century, its adopted European home was the thriving town of Cahors in southwest France. Solid loyalty to this grape combined with a new generation of winemakers complementing centuries of traditional expertise, means it is back on the radar for wine lovers internationally. 
February 24, 2020
Purest Primitivo

Purest Primitivo

The last decade has seen Italian Primitivo gaining international recognition as a varietal wine from southern Italy's Puglia region. A grape with a long history, it is also known as Zinfandel in California, Crljenak Kastelanski in Croatia (where the grape originally came from to Italy), and more recently realised as the Kratosija grape in Macedonia. We take a look at the Italian incarnation of this grape and its full-flavoured wines. 
February 10, 2020
McLaren Vale

McLaren Vale

McLaren Vale is the birthplace of South Australian viticulture. Founded in 1838, its abundance of fertile soils and fresh water alongside an almost Mediterranean climate, inspired John Raynell and Thomas Hardy (still one of the most famous wine names in the world) to plant grapevines immediately. They established the first winery in 1850 with huge success, exporting Shiraz and Grenache to the UK and sating Europe's appetite for bulk, table wines (and later fortified wines) up until the 1950's. 
January 27, 2020
Up and Coming Uruguay

Up and Coming Uruguay

Uruguay may be small in comparison to its neighbours, Brazil and Argentina, but its reputation belies its size. Known internationally as the new home of Tannat (a grape introduced by Basque settlers in the late 19th century), it has a long history of embedded wine culture and a unique, incredibly diverse terroir. 
January 13, 2020
I'm Dreaming Of A Wine Christmas!

I'm Dreaming Of A Wine Christmas!

We're dreaming of a Wine Christmas with a host of excellent wines to enjoy at Christmas dinner, or for that special gift for wine lovers. We have New World excellence, Old World classics, and even magnum-sized bottles perfect to share with friends and family. 
November 25, 2019
A Touch Of Class

A Touch Of Class

We've got stocking fillers and secret santa all wrapped up with our wide range of wine and spirit accessories. Or add a touch of class to your present with these extras and our selection of gift packaging to ensure a very Merry Christmas!
November 25, 2019
A-Grade Spain

A-Grade Spain

We love the variety of wines produced across Spain, and this week look at what is offered by the regions of Alicante and Almansa; areas close to each other yet individually distinctive. Read on to find out what to look out for from their wines.
November 18, 2019