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SPOTLIGHT ON … RIESLING

2022-03-09T13:15:13+00:00March 9th, 2022|Categories: Blog, The Wine Shed, Uncategorised, Wine|Tags: , , , |

To follow up on my blogs about Pinot Noir and Merlot, here’s another International Wine Day – this time the spotlight is on Riesling. March 13th is International Riesling Day so let’s look at a brief profile of the birthday grape. You say to-mar-to, I say to-may-to …. First of all, let’s get the ...

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Where in the World: How Geography Affects the Style of a Wine

2022-03-09T12:58:35+00:00March 9th, 2022|Categories: Blog, The Wine Shed, Uncategorised, Wine|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Different plants grow in different places. A bit of an obvious statement really. I’m just casting my eye over the landscape near where I live in the north of England and it’s apparent that the plants that are growing here will be quite different from those growing in the south of France, say. There’s ...

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What determines the colour of wine?

2022-01-17T14:58:40+00:00January 17th, 2022|Categories: Blog, The Wine Shed, Wine|Tags: , , , , |

The simple answer is – the skin of the grape. But surely it’s a little more complex than that? Yes, it is! Let’s start with a quick look at the beginning of the process of turning those luscious grapes into wine because this has a bearing on what colour the wine will be. To ...

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Wines for Christmas Dinner

2021-12-10T16:06:01+00:00December 10th, 2021|Categories: Blog, The Wine Shed|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Hands up – how many of you will have turkey for Christmas dinner? A good few methinks. And what wine will you serve with it? Not sure? Let me give you a few hints as to what might go well with turkey – and a host of other Christmas food. By the way, all ...

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Wine of the Month: ‘My Merlot is not the Answer. It just makes you forget the Question’.

2021-11-17T16:57:40+00:00November 17th, 2021|Categories: Blog, The Wine Shed, Wine|Tags: , , , , |

  Merlot = Bordeaux, right? Not necessarily! The classic Bordeaux blend does include Merlot, but you can find Merlot in plenty of other places – the USA, Chile, Australia, Italy, New Zealand. But Germany? Nah – or so I thought! According to figures published by the German Wine Institute (drawing on information from the ...

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Spotlight on ………. Merlot

2021-11-17T16:09:09+00:00November 17th, 2021|Categories: Blog, The Wine Shed, Wine|Tags: , , , , |

Spotlight on … Merlot To follow up on my blog a couple of months ago about Pinot Noir, here’s another International Wine Day – this time the spotlight is on Merlot. The 7th November is not only International Merlot Day, it’s also International Hug a Bear Day! Yes! I kid you not. So, as ...

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Wine of the Month – Craft Farm Rosehip

2021-10-12T15:05:52+01:00October 12th, 2021|Categories: Blog, The Wine Shed, Uncategorised, Wine|Tags: , , , |

To link in with this month’s blog post about orange wines, we have chosen Craft Farm Rosehip from Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand as our Wine of the Month. The first thing to say is, don’t panic, it’s not made from rosehips! In fact, it’s a wonderfully balanced combination of Albarino, Gewürztraminer, Muscat Petit Grain ...

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The Future’s Bright – The Future’s Orange

2021-10-11T18:40:45+01:00October 11th, 2021|Categories: Blog, The Wine Shed, Wine|Tags: , , |

(apologies to a certain phone provider) Orange wine? What? Wine made out of oranges? No. In a nutshell, orange (or amber or ramato as it is sometimes described) wine is a type of white wine made by leaving the grape skins and seeds in contact with the juice, creating an orange-hued liquid. Or, as ...

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WINE OF THE MONTH: Bodegas Piqueras Wild Fermented Verdejo

2021-09-10T12:09:45+01:00September 10th, 2021|Categories: Blog, The Wine Shed, Wine|Tags: , , , , , , , |

To link in with this month’s blog about natural wines, we have chosen Bodegas Piqueras Wild Fermented Verdejo from Spain as our Wine of the Month. Think of Spain - eastern Spain - but leave the sun, sea, and swimming of the Costas behind for a while. Venture about 100km inland from Alicante and ...

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Natural Wines: The Marmite of the Wine World?

2021-09-07T12:47:20+01:00September 7th, 2021|Categories: Blog, The Wine Shed, Wine|Tags: , , , , , |

Natural Wines: The Marmite of the Wine World?   In previous blogs, I’ve written about organic and bio-dynamic wine. There’s another category that has made its way into the wine lexicon – ‘natural’ – and so this blog will, hopefully, shed some light on what ‘natural’ wine means. The first thing to say is ...

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