Introducing The Wine Advent Calendar

This is all totally my fault; I hold my hands up! Guilty as charged. Last December I looked on with total envy (hidden to the best of my ability!) as my daughter sprinted into the kitchen every morning of December, tucking in to numerous chocolates and goodies found within her (numerous!) advent calendars before school. It reminded me of how

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What Is Noble Rot?

It doesn’t look all that appetizing, but trust us, noble rot is vital to making some of the most delicious sweet wines in the world, including Sauternes, Tokaji, Beerenauslese and Trockenbeerenauslese. Noble Rot Noble Rot, also known as Botrytis Cinerea attacks healthy ripe grapes. It weakens the skins of the grape which in turn accelerates the evaporation of the water

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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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Taking A Journey Through The Rhône Valley

We’re shining on the spotlight on the Rhône valley this week. It’s a region that the buyers love to drink and that tends to result in a comprehensive range of listings! It’s a wonder of a region and we love nothing more than promoting it and every given opportunity, so explore the below and click here for a few deals.

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How to survive a wine tasting – A simple 5 step guide

This weekend we’re heading to London for our National wine tasting, three events over two days. So with that in mind, I decided to take a look at how you survive a wine tasting. I heart wine tastings I go to quite a few wine tastings every year. It’s fair to say I love them. It’s not just Virgin Wines’

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International Coffee day

So it’s over to me to cover another ‘International Day’. On the saturated calendar of “days”, sandwiched in between “International paint your armpits orange day” and “Coat a neighbour’s fence in rhubarb day” there lies International Coffee day. How many “days” are there in a year now? It was the morning after “Help a duck find a Volvo day”, so

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Potts & Pans: #1 – A Food Fest Feast

I love late September; it’s a great time of the year. The days are beginning to draw in, the leaves begin turning brown, and the thought of kicking back in front of an open fire with a large glass of something red fills me with major excitement! It’s also a brilliant time of year for food. The shellfish season makes

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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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Mercado Chileno

Mercado Chileno – 13th September 2016 Wines of Chile Annual Trade Tasting and Consumer Event On the 13th September, seven wine tasting enthusiasts from Virgin Wines took the train from warm sunny Norwich, to the even warmer, oppressively humid, London for a well anticipated Trade Tasting. This tasting was held by Wines of Chile close to the trendy Spitalfields Market

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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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