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Organic, vegetarian and biodynamic wines
October 18, 2017
Interest is increasing in organic products. We have explored how organic, and other environmental, trends now affect the production of wine. This leaflet sets out to answer those questions that our customers ask us most frequently. What Is Organic Wine?The legal definition for wines made within the European Community is “wine made from organically grown […]
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Wine faults
October 18, 2017
Wine is a “living” product involving the use of oxygen, bacteria and yeast in its production. If the levels of these are not managed correctly by the Winemaker, faults may occur in the finished wine. Here is a brief guide: What Are The Main Wine Faults?Oxidation, High Sulphur Dioxide, Reductive Odours, Volatile Acidity, Corkiness and […]
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Real cork, plastic or screw cap?
October 18, 2017
Many wines are now sealed with closures other than cork. Various forms of plastic cork have been around for some time, and the screw-cap is also very popular. In response to your questions we have put together a few facts. Why Use Plastic Corks?Plastic corks eliminate the problem of “corked” wine and exclude oxygen from […]
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Buying wine in France
October 18, 2017
Encouraged by successive chancellors of varied political hue, many consumers have taken their wine business to the Channel ports. Not surprisingly disappointments are frequent; it is not unusual to hear customers bemoaning that an apparent bargain on a French shelf turns into drain-cleaner in a glass back home. No sympathy from us, I'm afraid. We […]
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Natural Wine & Sustainability
May 7, 2017
Two concepts have entered the world of wine in recent years which we feel we should update you on; “Natural Wine” and “Sustainability”.  Here, therefore, is our take on them with a quick reminder of a couple of other related terms: Let’s address the concept of Sustainable Wine first, which we should consider alongside Organic […]
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Value Your Independents...
April 3, 2017
Here is a tale of woe; a tale of frustration and ineptitude.  My wife really ought to know better than to present me with a DIY job on a Sunday but, despite past experiences, she occasionally still tries to disrupt the usual Sunday routine by expecting me to turn into a jobbing builder for a […]
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Doing The Right Thing
March 12, 2017
Some things are just instinctive, like chasing that shoplifter the other day who burst into the shop just before we closed and helped himself to a six pack of someone else’s wine, boxed up earlier that day and awaiting collection.  There was no thinking required, it was just obvious.  It was simply the right thing […]
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Food & Drink Faux Pas
February 8, 2017
Years ago I was told a tale about a young wife cooking a joint of ham.  It was something she did from time to time because her husband was particularly fond of ham.  Every time she did this she cut a piece off the corner of the joint and cooked it separately.  One day curiosity […]
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What Is It With Gravy Granules...?
February 3, 2017
Several years ago I read an excellent article by one of my favourite TV chefs, Nigel Slater.  It was about gravy with an understandable focus on the Sunday roast.  He recounted tales from his childhood of his mother making “proper” gravy, starting with the meat juices, maybe cooking off a bit of veg in them […]
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We Don't Sell Mead...
December 12, 2016
My local Chinese Take-Away sells Chinese food.  This may seem rather an obvious thing to say, but my point is that they know their market and they stick to what they are good at doing.  You wouldn’t dream of going in there and asking whether they sell pizzas.  Based on our experience I bet someone […]
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The Bathroom Wine Rack
December 1, 2016
Shower time for the short sighted needs to run on rails.  Once my specs are off I regard myself as virtually blind – especially at that time of the morning – and the stuff I need has to be in predictable places.  Sponge, shower gel, towel... This morning I found myself, wet and blind, with […]
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Jeremie Mourat
November 9, 2016
Some of you may remember the wines of a producer called Mourat who has his vineyards in the Vendée in western France.  We have stocked them twice before and each time they have met with universal approval.  They were dumpy bottles with a stylised picture of an owl on the label and showed liveliness and […]
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