what makes pinot noir special
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What Makes Pinot Noir Special?

Pinot Noir is one of the most beloved red wine grapes on the planet. Curious to know what makes Pinot Noir special ? Check out this quick video guide to learn about Pinot Noir, what it tastes like, where…

How long does an open bottle of wine last
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How Long Does an Open Bottle of Wine Last?

How long does an open bottle of wine last? You want to drink moderately, but you don’t want your leftover wine going bad too quickly! So how do you go about keeping wine fresh and how long does wine last…

What is natural wine
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WHAT IS NATURAL WINE?

If you have been into a wine bar or trendy wine-focused restaurant in recent years, you have likely come across natural wine. Perhaps you were surprised by the colour or the flavours. Maybe you loved it, potentially you hated…

Wine Mentors
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A GLASS RAISED TO WINE MENTORS LOST

The recent passing of one of the wine world’s legends, Gerard Basset, has been on my mind a lot recently. Not because I knew him personally, though I wish that I had had that privilege. It was the remarks…

house wines
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7 HOUSE WINE STYLES TO ALWAYS KEEP IN STOCK

The ultimate wine lover’s dream is a large wine cellar – with perfect temperature and humidity conditions – laden with treasures from around the wine producing globe. Unfortunately, not all of us have the space or the budget to…

wine headaches
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WHY WINE IS GIVING YOU HEADACHES

One of the main questions I get asked when I mention my profession is: why do I get headaches from drinking white or red wine? Before I have a chance to answer, the asker generally presents me with a…

skip dry january
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5 GREAT REASONS TO SKIP DRY JANUARY!

It’s an age-old scenario…we overindulge in December and then spend all of January repenting. Whether it be to atone for our excessive behaviour or simply to detox the body, Dry January has become a highly popular New Year’s Resolution…

premium sparkling wines
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PREMIUM SPARKLING WINES: BEST IN SHOW 2018

New Year’s Eve is around the corner. It’s time to loosen our purse strings (and belt buckles…) and indulge in the finer things in life. And everybody knows that premium sparkling wines help to make the season bright! Premium…

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SPARKLING WINES: THRIFTY SHOPPER’S GUIDE 2018

Back by popular demand, my thrifty shopper’s guide to sparkling wines! I bring you 10 great value recommendations to help you glide merrily through the holiday season without breaking the bank. Last year, I covered the basic styles of…

alcohol in wine
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HOW ALCOHOL IN WINE SHAPES FLAVOUR

Alcohol in wine…you may think that its only redeeming quality is the mellowing effect it has on us after a hard day’s work. While this is important (in moderation, of course), alcohol actually plays a far more important role…