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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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Sunburn

SunburnSunshine is a vital ingredient in making great wine. As you are browsing the summer holiday destination this year seeking out that vital few weeks away, those weeks of trying to avoid being a lobster by slapping horrendously expensive emollients onto your skin, have you…

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Food & Wine Matching

 FOOD AND WINE MATCHING - WHERE TO START  Cooking is a balance of sweet, salty, acid, umami and fat. The trick is to maintain that balance and not choose a wine that will ruin the food (or vice versa). The idea is to increase the…

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Naturally Nonsense?

Natural Nonsense? The current vogue in the consumer world of wine is to be as eco-friendly as possible. This is a laudable aim. However, I am ever the cynic about what actually contrives to be ecological. I was reading a social media feed from a…

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Richard’s Christmas 2018 Ramblings

Champagne Cynic 2018 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…

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Winter Wine fair 2017 – The Top 10

Another year, another festive Grog-laden extravarganza. 180 lovely customers braved the chill and came along to sample over 100 of our tastiest wines. 2.5 hours later, as they wandered away with a slight spring in their step, orders were placed for cases of lovlieness. So,…

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Who wants to live forever?

There is a little bit of a nip in the air in the mornings now. This is the first time in 11 years since Ben Nevis had no snow at the top, but it will be back soon enough. Some of us will switch back…

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Chile

Chile I was lucky enough to be invited on a trip to Chile and Argentina this month by a very nice vendor of South American wines. Having never been I thought it would be polite to accept the offer of an 11 day break in…

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Five Stars!

Always happy when we get and retain a five star rating. We couldn't do it all without you. Thanks    

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