Not your usual European wines!

There is so much more to European wines to discover.... Wines from countries that many drinkers have forgotten about or countries rarely thought about as offerring high quality wines, or just some country’s wines now becoming available in the UK..... Prepare to be...

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Why you should be drinking more Penedès wine!

Penedès wines have been on the wine trade radars for some time as ‘one to watch’. Particularly over the past 10 years. Undoubtedly, the continued rise in popularity in Spanish wine has meant that winelovers expect more variety from the country. Certainly more than...

Xarel-lo : The grape with the X factor & why we love it!

Xarel-lo is a white wine grape from Catalunya, Spain. Particularly from Penedes. By Lisa Johnston (thewinemuse)

Tahbilk – A bottled history in Marsanne

  The Tahbilk range of marsanne tells a rich story steeped in the pioneering spirit of Australian winemaking and the Purbrick family. Nowhere else in Australia, to my knowledge, has the breadth of choice of straight marsanne wine on offer. The first vines The...

What are low alcohol wines? Are they any good?

What are low alcohol or zero alcohol wines? Find out more and what to look for. Wine review by Lisa Johnston (thewinemuse)

Payten & Jones VV Chardonnay

Payten & Jones VV Chardonnay

Who makes it? Payten & Jones is a partnership between two school friends, Behn Payten and Troy Jones. They make a wide range of wines, including some wines from Priorat, just the south of Spain. Those wines offer something a little different too. Some of those use...

Tahbilk – A bottled history in Marsanne

Tahbilk – A bottled history in Marsanne

  The Tahbilk range of marsanne tells a rich story steeped in the pioneering spirit of Australian winemaking and the Purbrick family. Nowhere else in Australia, to my knowledge, has the breadth of choice of straight marsanne wine on offer. The first vines The...

Chateau du Cedre Cahors Extra Libre 

Chateau du Cedre Cahors Extra Libre 

Who makes it? Chateau du Cedre is a family wine estate in Cahors, France. Their first vineyards were planted in 1958, with the first wine made by the family being the 1973 vintage. The family at the time were also lavender farmers and distilled their own lavender oil....

What are low alcohol wines? Are they any good?

What are low alcohol wines? Are they any good?

For a few years now, the market for zero alcohol wine has been growing. The selection in the wine aisles of supermarkets is booming and off licenses now have a selection as well. Not just in the UK, but all across the world. I saw a good sized selection in both France...

Tolpuddle Vineyard Chardonnay

Tolpuddle Vineyard Chardonnay

Who makes it? Tolpuddle is the Tasmanian vineyard owned by Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith MW. The dynamic duo behind the outstanding Shaw + Smith label from Australia’s Adelaide Hills launched this label in 2013. The story behind the Tolpuddle label started with a...

Freixenet Elyssia Pinot Noir Cava

Freixenet Elyssia Pinot Noir Cava

Who makes it? Freixenet Elyssia is one of the wines in that range of cavas, a style of wine that Freixenet is very well known for. There is a more traditional white sparking wine which contains some Chardonnay and Pinot noir with the native Spanish white grapes. This...

Boekenhootskloof The Chocolate Block

Boekenhootskloof The Chocolate Block

Who makes it? The Chocolate Block is one of the wines that Boekenhoutskloof produces. Incidentally, Boekenhoutskloof is itself a very well known wine brand from Franschhoek, South Africa. It was established in 1993 by a group of partners, one of which was...

Two Alcohol Free from French Bloom

Two Alcohol Free from French Bloom

French Bloom is an organic ‘alcohol free’ wine based producer. Like Oddbird, French Bloom was created by women who have created the brand only producing alcohol free drink based on wine. Although Oddbird wines are purely grape products. French Bloom is not.  To read...

Llopart Clos del Fòssils

Llopart Clos del Fòssils

Who makes it? Llopart Clos del Fòssils is one of the numerous unquestionably interesting finds amongst the Llopart family wines. The family have a very long history in making sparkling wines in Penedés region, dating from 1887. Solidifying their passion...

El Coto Rosado

El Coto Rosado

Who makes it? El Coto Rosado is one of the wines offered by this brand which is part of the Baron de Ley portfolio. The range is ever growing and also includes an organic wine and a semidulce white made from Viura and Chardonnay. How do they make it? A rosado such as...

Perrier Jouet Grand Brut NV Champagne AOC

Perrier Jouet Grand Brut NV Champagne AOC

Who makes it? Perrier Jouet Grand Brut is the typical access wine for this fine Champagne house. It is a Champagne House that most fizz lovers will recognise from the Belle Epoque wine. The iconic Champagne in the ‘flower’ bottle. The design with Japanese anemone...

Is all wine Vegan?

Is all wine Vegan?

Vegan wine? Surely all wine is vegan? Vegetarian? It is a question that is not as obvious as you would expect. What about organic wine? Is it vegan? Simply put, a vegan wine is one made without the use of animal products in the winemaking process. There are some...

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Summer wines – rosé edition!

Summer wines – rosé edition!

Let the rosé pour.... Rosé from around the world to get you in the mood for summer! Whether it is a rosé, rosado, or rosato. From the palest salmon to the deepest pink, almost red. This is where we explore the fresh bunch of pinks. What are you waiting for? Here are a...

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Albarino! Alvarinho! Why we love it!

Albarino! Alvarinho! Why we love it!

Albarino or Alvarinho? Well, it depends on where you come from really it does. Same grape, different accent! Albarino in Spain and when it crosses the border into neighbouring Portugal, it likes to be called Alvarinho.  It is the star white wine grape of Rais...

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Galata Meyhouse – a firm Twickenham favourite

Galata Meyhouse – a firm Twickenham favourite

Galata Meyhouse  - is an evocative name. Galata is, of course, an area in Istanbul. And Meyhouse, according to their website, is a place serving meze style food and alcohol . Twickenham has a sense of excitement around this new arrival. Galata...

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Albarino! Alvarinho! Why we love it!

Why you should be drinking Vermentino di Gallura

Vermentino di Gallura has very much its unique sense of place. It is as evocative of the crystalline waters, pale sand beaches and its colourful towns, such as nearby Castelsardo. Winelovers might know this Mediterranean gem of a grape as Rolle from Provence...

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Winery Spotlight: Getting to know Chiesa del Carmine Estate

Winery Spotlight: Getting to know Chiesa del Carmine Estate

Is there anything more evocative than enjoying the best of local Italian produce while taking in the view of vineyards and olives? I certainly find it hard to resist the allure at the best of times. It is even harder at Chiesa del Carmine. I can see why the Sinclair...

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Gavin Monery making wines in the heart of London!

Gavin Monery making wines in the heart of London!

Just released on WinemusingTV... The latest in the WinemusingTV Winemaker Series: Gavin Monery from Vagabond Wines - Part one and two. Gavin Monery is an Australian winemaker who has who honed his skills with Cullen Wines. He has also done vintages with the likes of...

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Women in Wine:

Jane Eyre Wines Chenas

Jane Eyre Wines Chenas

Jane Eyre is one of the Australian winemakers who makes a range of wines that cross international borders. She now makes wines in Burgundy after vintages making wine at Cullen in Margaret River, Felton Road, Central Otago and Ata Rangi in Martinborough. This Jane Eyre...

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Cullen Mangan Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

Cullen Mangan Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

Cullen Mangan Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Semillon from Margaret River is one of my favourite SBSs. The combination is as popular in Australia as it is in Bordeaux.  The Mangan Vineyard is a dry farmed, biodynamic vineyard by one of Australia’s great winemakers Vanya...

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