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Oysters  with Muscadet (I wouldn’t have red as it will give a metallic taste in the mouth) It is light with a salty edge and a creamy feel (from lees ageing). Great acidity makes this wine like a squeeze of lemon on your oysters so no…

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Golden Prosecco (Gold Medal!)

  https://www.cantineriondo.com/en/Riconoscimenti/asia-wine-trophy-2019/ https://www.greatgrog.co.uk/site/index.php/browse/champagne/sparkling-wine/our-best-selling-prosecco-detail "Riondo Collezione Prosecco is an Extra Dry Spumante, fresh and velvety with scents of Golden Delicious apple, pear and acacia blossom: perfect as an aperitif and to liven up a party." Couldn't agree more!  

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Harvest Time 2019

  The grape harvest has started in France with a sense of urgency. The very hot July period has brought the harvest forward for most of the regions. There are also some problems associated with the extreme of summer temperature, with some of the grapes…

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Rural Wine Woes

Has the lowering of the drink driving limit in 2014 had an impact? The answer is a definitive yes, but not in the ways the Scottish Government hoped. There is international evidence that reducing the drink driving limit will lead to a reduction in road…

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Varietal Preferences

If you reach for a glass of Sauvignon Blanc tonight you will not be alone. The majority of glasses of wine that will be drunk tonight in the UK will be from that grape variety. We seem to have a love affair with its’ grassy,…

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Spring Wine Fair Top Sellers

Thanks so much to all our amazing Grog customers for braving the rain and coming along to our wine fair last Friday evening. We had a brilliant time with 100 wines supported by loads of producers including Allan Scott who was here all the way…

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Vegan vs Organic

Vegan Wines?There is a real vogue at the moment in the UK for vegetarian, and indeed vegan, products. Restaurants now have to have a vegan option in both beer and wine. One would have thought that surely wines and beers are already vegan being made…

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Wine Rocks

There has historically been a perceived link between soils that vines are grown in and the flavour of the wine that you drink. However, there has been quite a lot of research into the subject in the last few years and there is very little…

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The Prosecco Bubble Bursts?

The Prosecco Bubble Bursts? Prosecco corks have been popping in the UK at a steadily growing rate for a decade and we drank 112.5 million bottles in 2016 (even leading to a dentist claiming that it was affecting the health of the nation’s teeth!! This…

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Do Your Wine Duty

Sadly, I don't think Philip Hammond reads my articles, however, I'm going to have a moan at him anyway. The price of wine is about to go up again. The chancellor kindly delayed the increase in duty until after Christmas, but it is a moot…

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Champagne cynic

Champagne cynic...I started my wine journey many years before I could afford to buy anything that was famous. I think I had one bottle of Champagne my entire life before age 25 (it was Moet, needless to say). Champagne is probably the most famous wine…

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Champagne

Sod’s law that the weather in France was grim when I was there last week. One doesn’t expect the weather in Scotland to be better on departure than arrival if you head off to Champagne in June, but on this occasion it was chucking with…

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Wedding Wines

Seeing as there seems to have been some wedding chat recently, I’m trying to keep my column vaguely topical and give some advice. Everyone and their mother has some advice for you in some form or another when you are getting married. The most exciting…

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