Category: Knowledge

Hambledon – The Jewell of the South Downs

When we speak to customers about English wine, there is still a resistance to believing that what we can produce in the South Downs can ever compete with the more established wines from over the channel. Hambledon is just one of the 133 English/Welsh wineries working to continue the trend of upcoming English tipples competing with the best of the

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Virtual Tour of Château Du Seuil

Get a first-hand view of one of the most stunning wineries in Bordeaux. Travel through the gates, over the vineyard and the castle style architecture. We’ve worked with Château Du Seuil for a number of years now and their wines continue to delight our customers year after year. Encompassing 25 hectares of vines, made up of 65% red and 35%

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10 Things You Want To Know About Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is an interesting little grape. It might be one of the easiest of the red wine varieties to drink. At the same time it’s one of the most difficult to grow. The fact that it’s so hard to grow leads to a devotion not seen with other red grapes from both winemakers and enthusiasts. In doesn’t have to

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Grown in the Rhône

We recently had Alexandre Balland (chatting below with VW Head Buyer, Andrew Baker) of Inter Rhône in the office. He was sharing his vast expertise of the Rhône Valley with every single staff member as part of our Make Time for Wine in-house wine initiative. It was the precursor to our month-long focus on the wines of the Rhône Valley. We love talking

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Celebrating Malbec World Day

Malbec World Day April 17th saw the world celebrate the heart of Argentina. Here in the UK that fell on the Easter bank holiday, and being 4 days in, I’m sure most of us were in a chocolate coma. However, you don’t need to give me a reason to open up a bottle of Argentina’s finest. Malbec is celebrated the world

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Introducing Croatia’s Underwater Winery

We’ve heard of wineries on the top of mountains or wineries miles from real civilisation. However an underwater winery? Well to be exact, the ageing of the wine occurs underwater. In fact, if you’re so inclined…you can don a wetsuit and check it out for yourself. Edivo Vino is situated just north of picturesque Dubrovnik. The winery has opened its doors to deep

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Châteauneuf-du-Pape – A Southern Rhone King

Châteauneuf-du-Pape is one of the most recognisable blend varieties in the world, known for class and excellence. The vineyards cover an area approximately 3,200 hectares with 52% of those being directly in the Châteauneuf commune. In total, around 13 million bottles of Châteauneuf-du-Pape are produced every single year, with 95% of those being of the red variety. It’s The Taste That

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Diving Into The Wonderful World Of Verdelho

The history of Verdelho is firmly buried on the island of Madeira. However, this cheeky little white number has found a new and exciting home in south-east Australia. With the climate very similar, Australia tends to produce varieties of intense flavour with an underlying honeysuckle tone. This is useful for combatting the naturally high acidity of the grape. A Brief History Verdelho was

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Saint-Émilion – Bordeaux

Saint-Émilion, situated in the Bordeaux region of France is one of the finest winemaking regions on the face of the earth. In fact, it’s recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Home to some of the most expensive wines on the market, Saint-Émilion is a haven for wine lovers. Soil & Climate The combination of soil variety and the

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