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Great Value Wines From Majestic
What makes a wine expensive is not just quality or cost of production, usually very valuable land costs, but fame, being fashionable and well known, and also scarcity. It is sad that some of the best well known wines are often overpriced as a result. I don’t want to name names, as there are very good, worthy exceptions most of which have helped build the fame and reputation over many years. But there are wines coming from famous regions like Sancerre and Chateauneuf du Pape, to name just two…
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We asked Master of Wine Christopher Burr to review the Naked Wines pre-mixed introductory case and give us his honest opinion on the wines inside. Here we are pleased to present his notes on some of his particular favourites. We hope you enjoy! Castillo Catadau Gran Reserva 2013 from Valencia. This wine has a developed aroma of old oak Wild mushrooms and ripe fruit, from extended barrel ageing. The fruit character is ripe and sweet berry and soft easy tannin making it soft. The Luca Hodgkinson…
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Summer’s here, and with it the arrival of G&T season! Yes, we know the juniper-forward libation is for life and not just for sunshine, but we can’t help but dream of long, refreshing serves out in the garden. Gin is made all around the world, but why not start your gin exploration right here in the UK? We are immersed in all manner of delicious tipples, from small, craft distillers and big names alike. And the tastiness comes in all forms, too: traditional London dry styles, to flavoured gins…
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Did you know there are now more than 30 operational whiskey distilleries in Ireland? It’s a far cry from really very recent history, when the industry was sustained by just four: Cooley, Bushmills, Kilbeggan and Midleton, home of Jameson. Today, with its blend of historic producers and vibrant new players, Irish whiskey looks to be thriving. And the main winners are… us! Whiskey lovers who pursue flavour experiences and all-round deliciousness. But with so many expressions now available, it can…
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We love Single Malt Scotch! But with such an enormous selection, it can be tricky to know where to start. Here are our top 10 single malt whiskies, at all price points, to make it super simple, whether you’re buying a treat for yourself, or a lucky gift recipient. Nothing beats discovering a delicious new dram. But with more than 130 distilleries in Scotland producing whisky, it can be a challenge to know where to start your next flavour adventure. We’ve started by narrowing down whisky type…
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The Ultimate Guide To Wine For Your Wedding
Choosing the right wines for your wedding can be one of the more stressful items on the wedding ‘to do’ list; generally the happy couple have a good idea about venue, food, and theme, but, frequently, the organisation comes to a stuttering halt, when the subject of the wine comes up. I say this with the experience of years of practice, with friends calling to ask advice for the planning of their big day. In fact, this has happened to me very recently; my stepson is marrying, a lovely, highly…
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English Wine
Not that long ago, people used to scoff at the idea of an English Wine Industry but nowadays the vineyards that line the southern counties are going from strength-to-strength and more importantly producing outstanding, globally recognised wines. Yet still to this day, English wine sales only account for roughly 1% of all domestic wine purchases, and with such a great selection of stunning wine to choose from, we think these numbers should and could be much higher. Let’s start by looking at the…
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French Wine Survey Results
We wanted to learn a little bit more about the perception of French Wine in the UK market. To do this, back in 2014 we conducted a consumer survey, which we the repeated earlier this year (2019) to around 2,000 customers. We asked them about their buying habits, thoughts and opinions on French Wine. The results were very interesting and we’ve picked out some of the key highlights here: In summary, it looks like there is definitely a growing appreciation for French Wine – this is demonstrated by…
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Craft Beer Revolution
With their quirky names and vibrant packaging, you’d be hard pushed not to notice the explosion in Craft beers on our supermarket shelves and in our pubs. In fact, more than 300 breweries launched in the UK in 2016 alone*. So what exactly is causing this upward trend? Well it’s partly due to the fact that we, as consumers, are always demanding better quality, better flavours and more choice. We are spoiled and we want to keep it that way. Which is why we can’t see this momentum slowing down any…
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Why we love Prosecco
Prosecco. The reasonably priced fizz we all know and love. It’s light, refreshing and looks just as glamorous as champagne in a flute. What’s not to like? Nothing it seems! Prosecco has surged in Popularity since the 2000’s and it doesn’t seem to have peaked yet. In fact, it is the best selling sparkling wine across many major UK supermarkets and sales are still increasing year on year. There are several reasons Prosecco is so well loved, such as: And for the health conscious out there: So there…
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Our Favourites from the 2016 Laithwaite's LIVE Tasting
On 4th and 5th November, Londoners had a chance to take part in Laithwaite’s Wine Live 2016, one of numerous wine related events organised by this merchant every year. Those lucky enough to be at The Lindley Hall in Westminster could revive their taste buds with over 90 Old and New World wines, bubbly and fortified, plus some spirits and food delicacies. Anyone who has been there would probably agree that the abundance of choice and the presence of huge crowds could make one feel dizzy without a…
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Recipe: Baked Salmon & Risotto with Bordeaux Sauvignon
Wine enthusiast and TV presenter, Phillip Schofield, created this delicious salmon recipe to enjoy with the amazing Roquefortissime Sauvignon from Waitrose Cellar. Plus, discover four other fabulous white wines at the end of this article, to celebrate Easter in style. Chateau Roquefort Roquefortissime Sauvignon | Bordeaux, France, 2014, 12% ABV Now just £13.99 I adore crisp Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire and the really green Sauvignons from New Zealand. Bordeaux Sauvignon is another wonderful…
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