What You Should Know About Balsamic Vinegar


It seems that in the last 10 years or so, balsamic vinegar has become more of a ‘thing’ on the culinary stage. I’ve noticed this because we are getting more queries about it in our shop. Questions like, what is the difference between balsamic vinegar and other wine vinegars? Are there different types of balsamic […]

Dry January, Wine Trends and Weight Loss.


I wonder did people bother with ‘dry January this year? I mean haven’t we enough on our plates to be worried about? In a year that had a pandemic, unusual USA elections, and Brexit, you would forgive me for wondering where to start, when looking back at 2020? I suppose the main disruption to all […]

Winter Drinks for Festive Nights


Seriously, I cannot believe it is 12 months since I wrote a blog post about mulled wine – All You Ever Wanted to Know About Mulled Wine. So, this year I’m going to expand my topic a little and provide you with some recipes for winter drinks. Whether you need a Christmas drink to serve […]

What Do Wine Tasting Terms Mean?


When we hear sommeliers, wine enthusiasts, or retailers using wine tasting terms it can sound superfluous, snobbish and perhaps a little silly sometimes. Even if you are interested in understanding them, it can be a confusing and daunting task. Take my word for it though, it isn’t a secret language the wine pros use. We […]

In Defence of Drinking Alone During a Coronavirus


Many of you are aware that during the recent lockdown and current COVID19 restrictions, the sale of off-trade alcohol grew – a lot. Particularly wine sales. So, we wondered was this, as a result of more families drinking together, more single people drinking alone or just because pubs, restaurants and shops were shut. This led […]

Your Questions on Orange Wine Answered


The main question I want to answer in this post is what the hell is orange wine? First of all, let me assure you that orange wine is not made from oranges but from grapes! I want to get a little technical first and talk about maceration. You’ll understand why as you read on. Then […]