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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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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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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 – 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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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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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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Wine of the Month – Château La Mascaronne Rosé.

2021-05-16T12:26:21+01:00May 16th, 2021|Categories: Blog, The Wine Shed, Wine|Tags: , , , , |

Stop and Smell the Rosés! Actually, I should say stop and smell the rosé, singular, because although The Wine Shed has a wonderful selection of more than twenty mouth-watering rosés, I want to concentrate on just one - Château La Mascaronne Rosé. Before we look at the wine itself, let me whisk you off ...

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