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Is the Tesco's Finest Range some of the best value in the high street?
By Master of Wine, Christopher Burr 25/08/2021 There are some twenty plus “The Finest” range of wines at Tesco’s. A brave claim from them, for what is essentially an own label. You may remember the own labels of old, very plain packaging, very “ordinary” products, and probably the cheapest you could find on the shelves! But I am delighted to say that scenario has very materially changed in recent years. Tesco’s can use it’s very substantial buying power to find some very well made interesting…
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The glories of Greek Wine
By Master of Wine, Christopher Burr 02/08/2021 Many visitors to Greece, the islands, and even Cyprus a few years ago would remember the most served wine was an historic wine, Retsina. A basic white wine infused at the time of fermenting with pine resin, which is a preservative. To be honest the wines were pretty ordinary, although nowadays with modern wine making Retsina still exists and if well chilled and if you happen to be sitting by an Hellenic sea shore, and even with some of the more…
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Why we should be very proud of British Wine
By Master of Wine, Christopher Burr 30/06/2021 I have to admit a vested interest, as I am an immense fan of what is happening to the wine growing industry in this country, and I have planted vineyards and made sparkling wine here. Brexit and politics aside, it is true to say that the growth of English and Welsh Wine production is hugely exciting. I call it British Wine as there are now 176 vineyards in Wales, so whilst there are 600 vineyards in England, it would be wrong to call our countries…
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Why Waitrose own label wines are such good value
By Master of Wine, Christopher Burr 14/06/2021 Waitrose have two Own Label Ranges, ‘No.1’ and ‘Blueprint’. The No. 1 range is a more ‘up market’ selection of sixteen wines, where the wine buyers have collaborated with some good producers to create an exclusive range. The No. 1 range applies in Waitrose to most sections of the store, not just wines. I know most of the producers that Waitrose have partnered with over their No. 1 wine range, indeed I have worked with some of them, Joseph Drouhin in…
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Pale Rose without the hefty price tag
By Master of Wine, Christopher Burr 09/06/2021 The rose fashion seems to have a life of its own, with every wine producing region, every style, still, semi sparkling, sparkling and even fortified Port. Sweet, medium or dry, dark almost red to pale almost white. From being less than 5% of sales in the UK fifteen years ago, rose is now nearly a third of all wine sales. To say it is confusing for the consumer is an understatement! So let me try to provide a simple guide, and some recommendations…
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How to get the best prices on Wine
By Erin Tynan 2nd August 2021 When it comes to buying wine, it doesn’t always come cheap. Especially if you’re buying for a gift or special occasion where you’d like to impress. That’s where we come in. At WinesDirect, we search the market for the best prices available on wine and Champagne (and beer, and spirits, and mixers… need we go on?). Then we present these prices to you in a clear and easy way, allowing you to grab the best deal available. With so many supermarkets and wine retailers…
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Best Restaurant Meal Kits: Voted by you!
During the last 12 months, with more and more time spent in our homes, there were only so many ways to add a bit of excitement to weekends and special occasions held in ‘lock down’. In response to this, and with businesses which were potentially going to be badly affected, the hospitality industry quite literally transformed itself. Restaurants that had never previously operated on a ‘take away’ basis, were suddenly delivering to customers locally. Some took it one step further, teaming up…
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Why you should buy Taittinger Champagne
About Taittinger Taittinger is one of the leading brands of Champagne in the UK; renowned for its elegance and style, it’s seen not only in restaurants and on supermarket shelves, but being poured for A listers at events such as the BAFTAS. Currently the 7th biggest Champagne brand in the UK, it’s house blend is a more delicate style than many, due to the high proportion of the Chardonnay grape in the blend. Background to Taittinger Taittinger is one of the older Champagne houses, one of many…
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The Wonder of Whispering Angel
By Master of Wine, Christopher Burr 25/05/2021 I suppose the best Rosé wines in the World come from the South of France, after all they have been making them there for a couple of thousand years since the Romans started growing grapes around the Mediterranean. But probably the best of the best comes from the Chateau d'Esclan a lovely property in the heart of Provence, up in the hills near Draguinan, just north of Frejus and Saint Tropez. Whilst this Estate produces the World-famous Whispering…
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Springtime Sipping with Fortnum & Mason
By Master of Wine, Christopher Burr 29/04/2021 What could be more stylish than a Fortnum's picnic hamper, and some Fortnum's branded wines to go with it? The same for the first barbecues of the season. Fortnum's wine department is one of the best, with a good range carefully picked, and at all price points from really good wines around £10, then upwards as high and superb as you might want to go! Just to sweeten deal even further, you’ll save 10% on these fantastic bottles when you buy 12 or…
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SOLA Wine Pairing
Top class Californian cooking needs a couple of good Californian wines, for the white we recommend from Waitrose the delicious Chateau Souverain Chardonnay, luscious intense rich Chardonnay and a perfect match for this cooking! Just £9.79 from Waitrose Cellar. The red must again be from Waitrose, the Bonterra Organic Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon is dark and intense with masses of dark berry fruit and a hint of leather and eucalyptus. Available for £12.99 in Waitrose.
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Jose Pizarro Wine Pairing
The wonderful Basque menu with tapas, Jamon, olives, anchovies and typical Basque main dishes also has a good selection of typical northern Spanish wines and some old mature sherries on offer from this Michelin starred restaurant. Try the Pizarro white Rioja or their exclusively Basque Wine, the complex Txakolina. I am surprised they have not offered the one wine that I would expect for this food, a great fino bone dry sherry, or even better a fresh crisp Manzanilla. The salty crispness and…
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