Wine Tips: Sancerre or Menetou-Salon anyone?


If you're a lover of Sauvignon Blanc you will probably already have your favourites, New Zealand or Chile branded or labelled by the grape ….. or maybe Sancerre from France which immediately tells you something about the terroir and culture behind the wine. The problem is that Sauvignon lovers are often hit in the pocket … Continue reading Wine Tips: Sancerre or Menetou-Salon anyone?

Wine Wednesday #2: How to spend less on wine …. and more!


WINE WEDNESDAY #2 Interested in wine and want to understand more but don’t know how or where to look? Fed up of professional AND amateur’s tasting notes with a "fruit salad bingo" description? Frustrated by internet articles recommending wines in a UK supermarket when you live in the US, or wines in an Italian wine … Continue reading Wine Wednesday #2: How to spend less on wine …. and more!

Simplify wine tasting notes without the salad bingo!


I am constantly baffled by wine tasting notes I come across written either by professional wine tasters or by well meaning bloggers who write a post about a wine they have just drunk! Both types of writer seem to want to indulge themselves in a kind of Fruit Salad Bingo where you get to win … Continue reading Simplify wine tasting notes without the salad bingo!

Wine Wednesday: It’s Rose Time!


Summer is knocking on our doors, time to clean off the barbecue and stock up with …… plenty of Rose wine for the season! The range of Rose from different grapes and parts of the world has grown tremendously in the last couple of years, and whether you merely want to be “on trend” or finding some great bargains, it can help if you know a little more about how Rose is made and the scale of variety available to you. Sweet, savoury, or dry and fruity are the three styles you’ll come across so you need to experiment and shop around to find what suits you; then there’s the light Rose of Provence and the dark to deep red Rose of Tavel, both from France. In each case it’s also a question of grape variety, Cinsault, Syrah, Pinot Noir, Mourvèdre, Malbec, Grenache ……! But the whole world is making Rose so plenty to choose from so why not have a Rose party/barbecue with bottles of differing style and from different parts of the world? This reblogged post from San Antonio Vino tells you all you need to know ….

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Rose’ is super trendy right now and for good reason! Not only does it come in various festive shades of pink that signals the coming of summer, but it also comes in a variety of styles. From delicate and thirst quenchingly crisp, sweet and fruity patio pounders, to rich and savory sippers perfect for pairing with BBQ. But was is rose’, exactly? Read on to find out everything you ever wanted to know followed by some recommendations for classic examples of each style and/or region.

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