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Buy 6, Save 10% at Selfridges
By Master of Wine, Christopher Burr 12/06/2022 We have recently reviewed the excellent wine selection offered by Selfridges, on their easy-to-use website, but the store is always worth a special trip to visit. These are not the usual selections one might find in most supermarket or grocery stores; this is an interesting and carefully selected range. It is difficult to find something that one wouldn't wish to try. Lots of smaller growers and all pretty up-scale stuff! These are not the least…
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Why the Asda Extra Special Range lives up to it's name!
By Master of Wine, Christopher Burr 27/06/2022 The ASDA wine and spirit range has changed notably over the last year or two, but has always been one of the most sound of the supermarkets. There has been a move by the buying team to find good value well made wines under the "Extra Special" range, which are the most well known in the UK market and the biggest sellers. Previously they had equally good wines, which they had discovered from little known areas and little known grape varieties…
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A tour through the Heel of Italy with Wine52
By Master of Wine, Christopher Burr 20/06/2022 Puglia, the region which forms the "heel" of the "boot"of Italy, is right down in the South on the east coast and the Adriatic Sea, coast opposite Albania and the Greek Island of Corfu. It is a beautiful, unspoilt and historic area, with wines being made there by the Greeks and Romans for thousands of years. Cooled by the coastal breezes, there are also some historic grape varieties, found by winemakers and drinkers over the centuries to make the…
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Wine52 Explores Castilla-La Mancha
By Master of Wine, Christopher Burr 23/05/2022 I have tasted three of the wines from the latest Wine 52 case, from the land of Cevantes's novel Don Quixote, Castilla-La Mancha. A large area of central Spain with the beautiful town of Toledo as its capital. There are some interesting local grape varietals grown there, of 400 different varietals, few of us have heard of. Airen, Verdejo, Godello and Albarino, being the most popular whites, and Tempranillo, Garnacha, Carignan and Bobal some of…
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Is this one of the World's best value White Wines?
By Master of Wine, Christopher Burr 06/05/2022 One of the most wonderful things about Italian wines is the variety, from north to south, coasts to hills, volcanoes to limestone outcrops to river clays, and some 3-400 different authorised grape varietals! I have been involved with Italian wines for over forty years, first as a shipper of Chianti, Soave, and Valpolicella in the 1970's and 80's, then more recent associations with Prosecco and super Tuscans. And what is great about the wine…
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How can Wine Drinkers help the Environment?
By Master of Wine, Christopher Burr 26/04/2022 I wrote recently about the impact the glass bottle has on the environment;- a 400 gram glass bottle creating a 425 grams of C02 footprint, with very heavy bottles up to 900 grams, far more. There are 30 billion bottles produced around the world every year! I saw today that in Finland this issue is taken far more seriously, with over half wine being sold in alternative packaging to glass. The bag in box is the most used but also pouches, PET…
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Celebrating Easter 2022
By Master of Wine, Christopher Burr 07/04/2022 The great traditions of the Easter holiday and celebrations are hot cross buns, Easter eggs and roast lamb. Just writing about it already makes me feel hungry, and thinking about what should we drink this coming holiday? I know I will be helping organise and supervise the kids Easter egg hunt around the garden or if the weather is poor, in the house. Thinking up different clues each year is becoming a bit of a challenge! Fortnum and Mason's have an…
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’All Mums deserve Bolly!’ The perfect Mother’s Day gifts according to Chris Burr
By Master of Wine, Christopher Burr 22/03/2022 This Sunday 27th March is Mother's day, the weather is getting warmer, and let's hope the sun shines. All Mothers deserve to be spoilt, so what better way than to share a bottle of pink fizz with them on the day? All retailers now have a great selection, from good pink Prosecco and other sparklers around £10 a bottle to top Champagne at £60 plus. I have picked a few of my favourites:- La Gioiosa et Amorosa Rosea Spumante NV from the Veneto…
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There's a new kid on the block - welcome to the wine world Wine52
Chris Burr reviews new Wine Club on the block Wine52. To enjoy your first case for FREE, find our exclusive voucher here. By Master of Wine, Christopher Burr 14/03/2022 The latest Wine Club comes from the hugely successful Beer52 Club, and is appropriately called Wine52. I was a brewer, as well as having spent years in the wine business, and was fascinated with the growth in micro-breweries. I am a member of Beer52, and have found the diversity and selection excellent and a chance to discover…
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The Luck of the Irish! Celebrate and Save on the perfect St Paddy's Day Drinks
By Master of Wine, Christopher Burr 03/03/2022 Saint Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland, established his first Christian Church in a small barn at the mouth of the Slaney River, near Wexford. St Patricks Day is celebrated all around the World on 17th March, which marks his death, in the year 461. Ireland has always been famous for its dark malty Stout ales, the most famous being Guinness, a beer exported and drunk all around the World, and probably the most famous ale. Draft Guinness, apart…
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Are Glass Wine Bottles a thing of the past?
By Master of Wine, Christopher Burr 25/02/2022 In the first of a series of articles about how the wine industry can reduce its carbon footprint, Christopher Burr explores current research and thinking. The UK Government has pledged to cut carbon emissions 78% by 2035, and become carbon neutral by 2050, so how can the wine industry play its part? The wine Industry, as much as anyone, is mindful and concerned about the environment. Global warming is affecting many growing areas, and there is a…
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It's time to Taste the Difference!
By Master of Wine, Christopher Burr 16/02/2022 Over the last few months, the Taste the Difference range of wines in Sainsbury's has been extended with some smaller parcels of interesting wines which will change every six months. The aim is to find excellent and interesting parcels, generally not available in the much larger quantities required for regular stocking, and to try to encourage their customers to be more experimental. There are some excellent value Taste the Difference wines, and the…
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