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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 California in Mexico (£15), with a classic Barolo from Northern Italy (£55). But is the Barolo really worth the money? Have a look below...

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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 and a bunch of stuff and how many times was the wine actually good? A bottle worth drinking doesn't require anything extra. ...

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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 of our favourite styles; Pétillant Naturel (Pet-Nat) The oldest sparkling wine method in the world where the wine finishes fermenting...

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