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Does a Teaspoon keep your fizz fizzier longer?

errr, I don't think so mate. I understand that Carbon Dioxide comes out slower when cooler (that is why you chill your fizz to start with.) But,....a spoon cooling it to prevent bubbles coming out? That's not going to happen. Best to just finish the…

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..and the results are in …Christmas Wine Fair 2016 Top 10

Another year brings another Great Grog Christmas Tasting Extravaganza. This year we showed 106 wines from the super thrifty mid week gluggers to our fantastic new range of burgundys. 180 thirsty customers tasted their way through and from the 68 mixed cases sold on the…

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Malta Part 2 (November 2016)

Malta Part 2 You may, or may not, have read an article by myself a few months ago about some Maltese tourists who got stuck in the mud in their VW transporter in Drumguish. The gist of the story was that the kindness of William…

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If you had a vineyard March 2016

 It must be a daydream of many people in the UK to own a vineyard somewhere sunny, particularly when the rain is pelting down outside. The ideal of lounging around on the porch, watching the grapes slowly ripen in the fields around you. The occasional…

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An annual pilgrimage

As we came in to land into Milan Malpensa airport, the lights of the suburbs looked idyllic. The plane glided in nearly on schedule. Sadly the – presumably trainee - pilot forgot to cut the engines & we bounced onto, & then off, the runway.…

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Deadly vine disease kills 90% of European vineyards.

Fortunately, this is a historic headline. It was the lurid title of newspapers all over the world in the late 19th century. The botanists of Kew Gardens in London have quite a lot to answer for. They went across to America and brought back cuttings…

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Is Bag in Box the future?

In the past 11 years bulk shipping of wine to bottling plants in the UK has exploded with an astonishing 50% of all wine sold in the UK now being bottled on British soil. Everyone is at it, even Marks and Spencer does it for…

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The Maltese quest for a distillery

One wonders what goes through the minds of an average tourist coming to Scotland. Like it or lump it we have an international reputation for about 5 things. We can haggle over the order they appear in the mind of a foreigner but we will…

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Burgundy September 2016

  Probably one of the most famous wine production areas of the world stretches along a limestone escaprment running South from Dijon down to the town of Macon in central France. The majority of the area of Burgundy is made up of the region of…

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