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Michael Anderson

About Michael Anderson

My name is Michael. I’m your ‘wine-guy’ and have been tasked with the role of cutting straight to the point and taking you to our best wine deals around… I am a wine nerd of sorts. When I’m not writing tasting notes, I’m tasting hundreds of wines to bring you the truly great ones. Wine is my life and over the years I have mastered the art of choosing not just a good bottle, but rather a GREAT bottle that I know you, our loyal Virgin Wines customers, will LOVE! It’s not my first week at Virgin Wines; it’s not even my second. I have been here since day 1, choosing, tasting and writing about the wines we sell. I call our winemakers and buyers friends and spend a great deal of time on the phone (and on the road) with them, heckling for the tastiest juice for the lowest prices.

Argentina… beautiful big reds and awesome aromatic whites!

Like Chile, Argentina is another country on the up in the wine world at the current time. Boasting a fantastic range of great value wines, as well as the country’s two home-grown secrets – Malbec and Torrontes – Argentina is the place to look if you want something a little different and that won’t break […]

What is a ‘Wine Show’?

Each year, judges from around the world converge on convention centres, town halls and historic buildings to critique wines of all shapes and sizes. Each judge spends hours deliberating over what’s in front of them to arrive at a score, a score that often determines how that wine will sit in its market place. Whether […]

By |May 30th, 2016|Categories: Grape Zone, Tasting Notes, Wine For Beginners|Tags: , , , |

All you need to know about Sparkling wine!

The most famous sparkling wine that you will come across is Champagne. However, sparkling wines are also made in a number of other regions outside of Champagne, and these make tasty affordable alternatives if you don’t want to pay for the Champagne price tag. Join us for a tour around the sparkling wine world to […]

Get to know your Italian grapes!

Italy is home to over 1000 grape varieties so it would be impossible to profile them all here. Sangiovese, Nebbiolo and Primitivo make some of Italy’s best-loved tipples, and if you are unfamiliar with the wines of this lovely country, then these are a good place to start.

Sangiovese –

This beautiful grape makes medium bodied high […]

By |February 16th, 2016|Categories: Countries of the world, Food and wine, Grape Zone|Tags: , , , , , , |

Germany – unlike anything else in wine…

Ask someone to name a German wine and most people will give you the names of cheap bland sugary brands, which unfortunately Germany has now become associated with. German wine is more than Blue Nun, Liebfraumilch or Hock however. There is a wealth of very good quality delicious wine waiting to be discovered.

Colder Grapes

Winters in […]