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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…
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…
Ever wondered why a Champagne Bottle looks the way it does? It isn’t just because the major Champagne Houses deemed it attractive, but rather out of necessity. It uses thicker glass and typically has a deep punt (the indentation underneath) to help withstand the pressure inside the bottle. The pressure which is typically 2-3 times that of an average car tyre! As well as the standard 750ml bottle size, Champagne (and other wine) comes in various different sizes, from the miniscule, to the…
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…
Top Offers on Prosecco
Make great savings on Prosecco this week at Waitrose Fizz Festival with all bubbles discounted at least 25%! The Festival must end on Tuesday 10th July. All your favourite brands are there so don't miss it! This week try excellent Proseccos up to 33% off at Majestic Wine, from just £6.49 a bottle for Rivamonte Frizzante. Browse through a whole range of Proseccos up to 27% off. Bottles available from just £6.40 each. Don't miss out! Make incredible savings on bubbles from Veneto at ASDA. Right…
Pink Gin
Pink Gin. It's everywhere, and it's delicious. The popularity of Pink Gin has risen, thanks in the most part to millenials. Yep, they're always looking to try out new fads, and if these just so happen to look attractive on Instagram - then even better! Whether or not pink gin is a fad, remains to be seen. where Gin has previously been regarded as bitter, the addition of red fruits does open this drink to a new audience who were previously put off. To those who haven't yet tried it, it is a…
Gin is the drink of the moment, and we believe it's here to stay. Find the best deals on your favourite brands right here with our latest and best Gin Offers - enjoy!
Summer Reds Guide
Summer. It’s here and it’s hot. Now, I don’t know about you, but there’s nothing better in the summer than a delicious glass of something chilled – al fresco of course. You’ve conjured up and image in your head already, haven’t you? Is it a glass of white wine, drips of condensation running down the side? Perhaps it’s a gin and tonic, loaded with ice cubes and a perfect wedge of lime nestled on the top. Well, what if I were to throw something else in the mix? Namely, a delicious, thirst…
About Gin
Seeing a massive surge in popularity over recent years, Gin is suddenly much more than just a staple behind the bar. It is a foundation on which some bars are born! Though it once lost its popularity to whisky and vodka, Gin has had a rebirth thanks to the changing laws around Distillery size. This has meant the rise in craft gins and in turn the varieties we have on offer now are vast. Not forgetting the emergence of new and improved tonic waters and other mixers which have been crafted…
This Week's Best Wine Offers
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Prosecco
The delicious Italian sparkling has soared in popularity over recent years and it’s easy to see why. With its light, refreshing taste and pocket friendly price, Prosecco is the perfect tipple to enjoy any time! Whether you’re enjoying a mid-week treat, a get together with friends or simply a refreshing accompaniment to your evening email, Prosecco is the perfect partner! Now all this sipping doesn’t come for free, which is why we’re determined to bring you the best value for your money. With our…
You don't need to overpay to enjoy the grandest fizz in the world! Wines Direct works with top wine merchants and supermarkets to find the best cheap Champagne currently on sale in the UK. Have a look at the most spectacular Champagne discounts available this week in the UK. Cheap Champagne Usually Discount Now Louvel Fontaine Brut NV £18.00 33% OFF £12.00 Charles Lecouvey Brut NV £25.99 35% OFF £16.99 Nicolas Courtin Brut NV £19.99 20% OFF £15.99 Louis Vertay Brut NV £20.00 25% OFF…
Champagne Offers of the Week
Make great savings on Champagne this week at Waitrose Cellar Fizz Festival with all bubbles discounted at least 25%! The Festival must end on Tuesday 10th July. Check out lovely bubbles included in up to 50% off Clearance on wine and fizz this week at Marks & Spencer! Catch these prices now, when they're so unbelievably low, and fill your wine rack with fantastic wines. Save up to 33% off Champagne at Majestic Wine, with prices starting from only £16.99 a bottle. Fantastic deals await you if…
Father's Day Gifts
Find the perfect gift for the Father’s Day with Winesdirect.com! We have carefully selected the nicest Wine, Whisky and Beer gifts from our partners to help you choose the best present for Dad. Find your inspiration among our top picks and offers to celebrate this special day. Now £6.00 for 4 bottles at Asda Groceries A selection of top quality, bestselling Beers, Ales and Ciders: such as Guinness, Stella Artois, Tsingtao, Crabbies, Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Kopparberg, San Miguel, St Austell and…
Blonde Ales [aka Golden Ales] originated in North America, as a product of the craft-brewery movement. It was mostly intended to attract mass market consumers of traditionally widespread beers such as pilsners, and persuade them to try something different. Inspired by both pale ales and German Kölsch, modern blonde ales are also now brewed in Belgium, France and Brazil. Blonde ales resemble lagers in many ways. Their colour profile ranges from pale straw to deep gold. They are moderately bitter…
Newcastle Brown Ale, aka. ‘Newkie Brown’ or ‘The Dog’, used to be made exclusively in Newcastle upon Tyne. It was created in 1927 by Colonel Jim Porter. Not a year passed since the production started, and the beer won a prestigious gold medal at the International Brewers' Exhibition in London. Soon after that, the bottle was labelled with the characteristic blue star. After World War II, the Newcastle brewery was transformed and merged with other breweries, which raised profits and facilitated…
Bière de Garde (in French: "beer for keeping") is a strong ale brewed in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region in France. Originally, they were produced in farmhouses around winter and early spring, to prevent uncontrollable fermentation. Today, Biere de Garde is brewed commercially, but most of its production belongs to small companies. Today, Bière de Garde is generally a warm fermented strong pale ale, medium-bodied, brune, blonde or ambrée in colour. It has some resemblance to modern Belgian ales…
Originally, Burton ale was a rich, strong (up to 11% ABV), undoubtedly brown ale, common among 18th century brewers in England. It preceded pale ales and IPAs, which were also traditionally – and famously - brewed in Burton–on-Trent. The success of Burton ales has a long history. First traces were found in the 13th century Burton monasteries, and after their dissolution in 16th century it continued to be made by small town brewers. It was here that the famous India Pale Ale was first produced…
Brown ale, as one might easily guess, is a style of beer with a dark amber or brown colour. The term was first used by London brewers in the late 17th century to describe their usually very mild ales, intended for domestic consumption – before the use of pale malts became widespread. Sources from the 18th-century indicate that brown ales at that time were delicately hopped and brewed from 100% brown malt. The term "brown ale" was revived at the end of the 19th century by the famous London…
The history and development of stout and porter are intertwined. Porter was born 300 years ago, and the name is believed to be inspired by its popularity among London street and river porters. The name ‘Porter’ was first used in 1721 to describe a dark brown beer that had been made with roasted malts. Porters quickly became hugely popular and brewers started making them in a variety of strengths. The strongest among them were called "stout porters", later shortened to just ‘Stout’. This resulted…
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