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Cheap vs Expensive Nebbiolo

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Cheap vs Expensive Nebbiolo

Is expensive wine always worth it? Northern Italy is the spiritual home of Nebbiolo, the noble red grape used to make some of the world's most exquisite and renowned wines like Barolo and Barbaresco. As with all highly revered grape varieties, there are winemakers from all around who have fallen in love with Nebbiolo and made it their mission to try and replicate the magical wines it is known to produce. In doing so, we now have a variety of Nebbiolo-led wines of different styles, from different regions and at hugely different price points. Today we're comparing two wines, one on the slightly cheaper side from Baja...

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Why not gift wine?

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Why not gift wine?

Can't quite think of the perfect gift to give that friend, loved one or colleague? Well why not give wine. It's like flowers, but you can drink it. Far better! Here are 4 tips to keep you on the right track when gifting wine;  Choose red over white. Unless you know for sure that the person you're giving it to prefers white.  Magnum? Definitely. A magnum is often better value and it will make you look like a pro. Plus there's also a good chance they will want to drink it with you. Don't send a wine gift set. We've all received gift sets with wine...

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BYO: The best way to eat out and enjoy great wine in London

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BYO: The best way to eat out and enjoy great wine in London

Anybody fancy eating out on a Monday or Tuesday and bringing their own bottle of wine? To some this is a very strange proposition, after all this is the beginning of the week and you may still be feeling the effects of Saturday night, but to people in the know, this may just be one of the best nights to go to out for dinner in London. Here’s why; Restaurants that are open on a Monday or Tuesday are much less likely to be busy, so you’ll probably get better service since staff won’t be so stressed. There are no...

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Surrender the Summer and embrace Grenache

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Surrender the Summer and embrace Grenache

If the weather this week is anything to go by, we can safely say that Autumn is well and truly here, which actually excites us because it provides our cue for embracing some other styles of wine. Enter Grenache, the grape behind some of the most legendary wines from the Rhône, Northern Spain and California. Grenache-based wines are ideal for Autumn; forming the perfect bridge between fruitier summer reds and the heavier, supercharged styles that we largely save for winter. And of course, if you are not ready to fully relinquish that Summer feel, then all you have to do is serve the wine slightly chilled.   Here are some of our favourite Grenache-led wines available today from our stores in London....

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September is Natural Wine Month

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September is Natural Wine Month

What is Natural wine? Is it organic, biodynamic or is it about sustainability? Well, it's about all those things really, depending on where you are in the world. As Madeline Puckett from Wine Folly puts it; "think of it as wine unplugged", we like this definition because it encapsulates winemaking without the use of additives, addition of sulphites or any other manipulation which is exactly what Natural wines are.  We have tasted many Natural wines and have had some delicious clean and fresh examples but we've also had some absolute shockers, so there is some navigation needed.  Here are some...

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