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Food and Wine Matching 101

THE ‘ART’ OF FOOD AND WINE MATCHING is actually a relatively recent invention (1980s); before this most people unthinkingly drank local wines with local foods – and lived to tell the tale! But for whatever reason, today, it’s an overly-prescribed area that can even create anxiety for some people. The stressing is unnecessary though, as …

Grape Focus: Chardonnay

IT HAS BEEN SAID OF CHARDONNAY that if it were a celebrity it would be Marilyn Monroe – golden, voluptuous and easy for everyone to appreciate. The original ‘international’ grape, grown just about everywhere where wine is made, Chardonnay is popular with growers as it’s easy to grow and sell, high yielding, disease resistant and …

REGIONAL FOCUS: Rioja

RIOJA LIES IN NORTHERN SPAIN, south of Bilbao and nestled between two sheltering mountain ranges.  It was the first Spanish wine region to achieve DO / appellation status, in 1925, before being promoted to the top DOCa level in 1991. Today Rioja’s grape prices are 200% above the Spanish average, showing the huge strength of …

The Wines of France

FRANCE HAS more land under vine than any other country bar Spain, competes with Italy each year for the title of world’s largest producer, is the world’s top fine wine exporter, its prime source of oak for barrels and its most important exporter of vine nursery material. France is wine. Around 100 varieties are grown …

6 Reasons to Decant Wines

1. Coax mute wines into life: While the science is beyond the scope of this post (i.e. I can’t explain it), exposing a wine to air allows it to open up, blossom and become more expressive, soft and aromatic. This is especially true of too-young reds, which might otherwise be sullen and hard. “It’s the …

Customer Questions #3: Is a big punt a sign of a good wine?

A WINE BOTTLE’S PUNT is that indent at the base of the bottle, the size of which varies across wines. The perception among drinkers is that a bigger punt equals better juice. Is this the case? Well, yes and no. A well-endowed bottle is not automatically better than a slighter fellow, and the punt doesn’t …

Customer questions #2 – Do you have any wines with no acid in them?

No, is the short answer. And if we did the wines wouldn’t have a very long shelf life, and would taste unappetizing, dull and cloying. Acid is naturally present in all grapes, and most wines have a pH between 2.9 and 3.9 (similar to orange or tomato juice). Between 0.6% – 0.7% of a wine’s …

Customer questions #1 – What does ‘Roble’ mean?

Someone asked this after spying the word on two of our floor-stacked wines, La Mano Bierzo Roble and Valtravieso Ribera del Duero Roble. Roble is a commonly-seen but non-standardised Spanish labelling term indicating that the wine has been aged in barrel for a period that is less than that required locally to gain the starter Crianza …