How & Why You Decant Wine

Decanting wine For the majority of the wines we drink at home, serving is simple: gather the correct number of receptacles, crack open the bottle, pour and enjoy. Repeat the pouring and enjoying until the bottle is empty. Job done. However, on occasion you’ll have a special bottle on the menu, and you’ll be advised to decant it before drinking.

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Food & Drink: Chilean Style

September is a month of celebration in Chile. Big vents take place over two days of national holiday 18th and 19th. The reason of course is independence from Spain. You all knew that though right? It became official (sort of) back on the 18th September 1810 when the first governing body was put in place. Sadly the next 10 years and

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Celebrating 10 Years Of Albacore

Here at Virgin Wines, we’re celebrating the 10 year anniversary of Albacore. If you’re a customer of Virgin Wines, we’re pretty sure you know all about Albacore. If you’re not, then put simply, it’s one of the our most popular wines of all time. We love it, the guys in Australia love it, and more importantly, you love it. Keep

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Celebrating Fiestas Patrias & Chilean Wine

Fiestas Patrias The 18th of September is a very important day for the people of Chile. Over the course of two days, the Chilean people celebrate. They celebrate the Fiestas Patrias, which is the celebration of their freedom from Spanish rule.  It’s a two day festival (officially), which usually lasts closer to a week. During the festivities, many Chileans travel

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Germany: More Demand For Modern Movement

We’ve been gathering pace with our German wine sales over the last year. These trends happen from time to time and can catch you by surprise, and it’s always interesting to have a little dig around to find out why… A drinkable drink… There’s a contemporary wave of wine styles coming out of Germany these days. It’s a style that is

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Pairing Food With Grenache

In my previous ramblings about Grenache (or Garnacha as it’s known in Spain) I briefly mentioned a few of my favourite foods to enjoy with this wine but looking back I don’t think I really did it justice. So today I’m going to look a bit more closely at the food I enjoy with a glass of Grenache. So let’s

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Grenache – The Forgotten Hero

International Grenache Day: September 16th Grenache is one of the most widely planted red wine grapes in the world. This very fact sometimes makes people sniffy about it, thinking it’s common and therefore not very good. But Grenache (also known as Garnacha in Spain) is actually a major component in some of the best, most prestigious reds in the world!

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Dave’s Diary: My Trip To South America

The Journey I’m just back from a trip out to South America to visit friends old and new in both Chile and Argentina. If you’ve ever made this trek from the UK you’ll know it involves a quick change in either Madrid or Paris. However other than that mild inconvenience the flight is overnight and lands just in time for

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Best Wines to Enjoy in Autumn

Best Wines for Autumn As the man responsible for putting all the deals and offers together for the Virgin Wines website, I can honestly say that autumn is the toughest season to cater for. I like to offer our customers a really personalised experience online. So I have all these rules and algorithms running in the background to make sure

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Finding The Perfect Gift

Finding gifts that our friends and family are certain to enjoy is quite a tough ask these days, isn’t it? In an age of tech, gadgets, and delivery-by-drones, it can be hard work unearthing a winning gift. Something which will genuinely be appreciated and enjoyed without lots of hassle. And as much as I love receiving another new pair of

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