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A wine’s staying power

How long can you keep a wine?
Lately we’ve been fielding quite a few queries from customers on how long you can keep a wine – so let me share some views on that matter.

Tannins and acidity
Firstly, there are two reasons why the ageing ability of a red and a white wine differs. It’s the tannin, […]

Tasty Tempranillo – Spain’s famous grape

Most people will have drunk Tempranillo at one time or another, probably without knowing. It’s the highest quality red grape in Spain, and arguably makes the best quality wines.

Tasty Tempranillo

Tempranillo is a gentle grape with soft tannins and low acid. It’s pale coloured and full of ripe strawberry flavours and a little leather. Because it’s […]

By |February 18th, 2015|Categories: Countries of the world, Grape Zone|Tags: , , , , , , |

New Zealand… More than just Sauvignon!

We might bully our neighbours across the ditch, but there is simply no denying the quality of wine coming out of New Zealand. The country’s ultra talented winemakers have formed a reputation for making world-class Sauvignon Blanc that rivals the best from the Old World. However, there is plenty more to New Zealand wine, with Chardonnay […]

By |February 12th, 2015|Categories: Countries of the world|Tags: , , , , , , |

Grape Zone – Gorgeous Grenache

Gorgeous Grenache produces soft, velvety, high alcohol red wines with sweet blackberry flavours and soft tannins. When it’s on its own it makes fruity soft wines, but these need drinking up quickly as they don’t mature well. That shouldn’t be a problem however; these wines are very easy to drink! Grenache needs hot conditions to […]

Chile – a pure winemaking Mecca!

If there’s a country that’s on the up in the wine world at the moment it has to be Chile. In the last few years, Chilean wine production has gone through the roof and everyone is getting excited, including the winemakers. Boasting unrivalled wines from up and coming wine regions, quality that can’t be beaten […]