“…and like the finest French Champagnes, it is vintage dated.” – Orson Welles, Paul Masson Commercial (1979) Vintage champagne carries a kind of cachet that’s hard to ignore. Its very existence is unusual in a region where the tradition is to produce a non-vintage wine that is consistent from year to year. But that’s why […]
Waipara Valley is a special place to make wine. Three hours drive to the south of famous Marlborough, it has a decidedly cooler climate – in fact, it should be too cool to make quality wine at all! The secret is the towering Southern Alps range. These do for Waipara what the Vosges do for […]
If you love beer, there’s never been a better time to visit your local Majestic. There’s a reason people talk about the ‘Craft Beer Revolution. It’s more than just hoppy, punchy and refreshingly flavoursome beer. It’s a revolution against the idea that beer comes in two styles – mass-produced keg bitters, or light and bland […]
When you think of Spain, you think sunshine. You think hot and dry. Holidays, tapas, and red wine. Flamenco. Matadors standing in the dirt and dust. Blood and sand. Spain has a secret, though. It’s cool and wet, it’s green, mountainous and rugged; in fact, it’s more akin to Scotland than it is to the […]
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If you thought that wine came in a bottle and that was the end of it, you’d be wrong. There are times when a single bottle of wine just isn’t enough. But why open an extra bottle when you could have a bigger bottle to begin with? Wine bottles range in size from the humble […]
Mendoza is the new home of Malbec. Well, we say new, Argentina have had plantings of Malbec in Mendoza since 1868. It was introduced by French ampelographer Michel Pouget, along with several other varieties, in a bid to improve viticulture in the South American country. Malbec is a native of France. Once, it was planted widely […]
Do you really know what wine you like? More to the point, how can you be sure? To answer that question, we created our first own label range: Definition. I caught up with the man with the plan, Jamie Patterson. What is Definition? Definition is our first ever own label range of wine, made up of […]