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DEBUNKING WINE MYTHS

2022-08-30T11:24:00+01:00August 30th, 2022|Categories: Blog, The Wine Shed, Wine|Tags: , , , |

Have you ever been told you should never chill red wine? Or that corks are better than screwcaps? Yes? Thought so. Let’s have a look at ten common wine myths now and see whether we’ve been led up the garden path, or should it be row of vines ….   Myth 1: Red wine ...

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Days of Wine, and (especially) Rosés!

2022-07-22T17:05:37+01:00July 22nd, 2022|Categories: Blog, The Wine Shed, Uncategorised, Wine|Tags: , , , , |

Summer’s here, embracing the days of wine and roses – and rosés. Actually, I have just imbibed a glass of rosé whilst sat next to my prized rose bush, listening to birds singing and insects buzzing. Delightful taste, beautiful scent, breathtaking view, calming sounds. All the senses satisfied - the best of all possible ...

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SPOTLIGHT ON … CHARDONNAY

2022-05-26T10:54:26+01:00May 26th, 2022|Categories: Blog, The Wine Shed, Uncategorised, Wine|Tags: , , , , |

To follow up on my previous blogs about particular grapes, here’s another International Wine Day – this time the spotlight is on Chardonnay. May 26th is International Chardonnay Day so let’s look at a brief profile of the birthday grape. What’s in a name? Chardonnay takes its name from the village of Chardonnay in ...

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Wine Aromas and Flavours

2022-05-25T15:52:31+01:00May 25th, 2022|Categories: Blog, The Wine Shed, Wine|Tags: , , , , , , |

“I’m getting a hint of green apple – and cut grass – no, wait, there’s a touch of fennel too.” No, that isn’t someone wandering around at a garden open day sniffing the air, it’s more likely to be someone being put through their paces at a wine tasting session. So can you really ...

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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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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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