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#DrinkBetter Pairing Shakshouka with Perez Cruz

At this time of year when most of us our watching our weight as well as our wallets I want to cook something that is healthy, super cheap yet still feels indulgent. It’s also the perfect recipe to match with a wine packed full of class, making a commitment to#Drinkbetter wine and eat better food.  Shakshouka is a north African

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Virgin Wines Live – London Review

How big?? Our London Live Event is our biggest on our calendar, 3, 3 hour sessions over 2 days. 500 people at each and 315 wines for them to try!! Where? This year we were at The Lindley Hall, RHS, a great venue! What happened? On arrival everyone is ticked off our guest list by Andy (from our Preston office/warehouse)

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Virgin Wines Live In Birmingham

We absolutely love our live events around the country. It’s the perfect opportunity to meet our customers, introduce some new wines and just have a great time. However there is a lot of planning and organisation that goes on to ensure these events run smoothly. So today we’re going to take you through a review of the day from start

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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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Partnering Your Wine With A Good Film

One of the great pleasures in life, settling down after a long hard day at work with a good bottle of wine and a cracking film. This naturally got us thinking about the films we watch and if a certain film can partner a certain variety of wine and vice versa. With us being scientifically challenged, we just tried to

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Cork vs Screw Cap: The Fight Is On

The Billing Over the last few years more wines have appeared with screw caps as their method of closure. However we all know that the best wines need to be sealed under a nice cork right? While the screw-top indicates a wine of lesser quality? These are the widely held beliefs of so many, but are they accurate assumptions? Below

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Magical Oporto and the Douro Valley

Seeing a winemaking region in the throes of vintage is a really special experience. Over the years I’ve enjoyed many, although until earlier this year I’d never had the pleasure of being out in Oporto during it. The Douro is famed for its terraced vineyards, fortified wine and treading their grapes by foot in traditional stone treading tanks – lagares.

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Celebrating Malbec World Day

Back at HQ, we’ll be championing one variety in particular today, and that’s Malbec. Why? Because today is Malbec World Day. MWD is a day to celebrate the emergence of Malbec as the Argentinean wine industry’s most successful grape variety. On April 17th 1853, the boss of Argentina, Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, announced his latest mission – to transform Argentina’s wine

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Matching Wine With Spaghetti Carbonara

Spaghetti Carbonara is one of my absolute favourite dishes of all time, as a fan of Italian food and Italian wine, you can’t beat carbonara as a weekday dish. This meal can be as simple or as difficult as you want to make it but not so long ago I was provided with the simplest of recipes. Spaghetti, pancetta, eggs, olive

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