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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: , , , |

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: , , , , , , |

Take yourself on a tour round Planet Chenin!

Humble Chenin Blanc is one of the most versatile grapes in the wine world. It’s relatively easy to grow, productive, and has high acidity making it suitable for use in many different styles of wine. It produces friendly easy-drinking dry white table wines, rounded and palatable, lively sparklers, and some of the finest sweet wine […]

By |August 11th, 2015|Categories: Grape Zone|Tags: , , , , , , , |

There’s something about MERLOT!

Thanks to one little Hollywood movie (Sideways… just so you know), Merlot has garnered a bum rap amongst wine enthusiasts. But why? It’s fruity, plush, layered and when produced in Right-Bank Bordeaux can demand eye-watering price tags. Merlot is most well known as one of the key red grapes used to make Bordeaux but it’s […]

By |June 2nd, 2015|Categories: Countries of the world, Grape Zone|Tags: , , , , , , , |