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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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Wine of the Month – Gem Pinot Noir

2021-08-11T11:22:47+01:00August 11th, 2021|Categories: Blog, The Wine Shed, Wine|Tags: , , , , |

If you like a Pinot Noir that has a bit of dynamism to it, look no further. This Gem Pinot Noir from Martinborough in New Zealand is just the ticket. Based at the southern end of the North Island, Martinborough is one of the three main sub-regions of the larger Wairarapa region. It’s a ...

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Spotlight on … Pinot Noir

2021-08-06T15:40:55+01:00August 6th, 2021|Categories: Blog, The Wine Shed, Wine|Tags: , , |

Do you know what’s special about 18th August? Apart from it being someone’s birthday, anniversary, or such like? Or it being National Fajita Day (yes, really) or Bad Poetry Day (I’m not making it up)? It’s (trumpet fanfare) International Pinot Noir Day! So before we get to the serious stuff about the wine, here’s ...

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WINE OF THE MONTH – Reyneke Cornerstone Bio-dynamic

2021-07-09T18:59:15+01:00July 9th, 2021|Categories: Blog, The Wine Shed, Wine|Tags: , , , |

To link in with this month’s blog about bio-dynamic wines, we’ve chosen Reyneke Cornerstone Bio-dynamic 2016 from Stellenbosch, South Africa, as our Wine of the Month. If you were ever lucky enough to visit the Reyneke Estate, you might be surprised to find not only vineyards but also a farm, complete with cows and ...

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Bio-dynamic Wine

2021-07-09T18:22:54+01:00July 9th, 2021|Categories: Blog, The Wine Shed, Wine|Tags: , , , |

I wrote recently about what the term organic means with regard to wine. Now it’s the turn of bio-dynamic. I suppose you could say this is organic – and beyond. Bio-dynamics is a system of agriculture and horticulture introduced in the 1920s by Rudolph Steiner, an Austrian philosopher. (By the way, his areas of ...

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