Category: Food & Wine

Tuesday 28 June 2016

Animal, Vegetable, or… Minerality?

3 / 5 ( 1 vote ) There is a phrase much bandied about the wine industry at the moment. It crops up in magazines, tasting notes and from the mouths of critics online and in print: Minerality.  It seems to be the flavour du jour, but what exactly do people mean by that? It tends to be used as a positive descriptor in wines, implying […]

Friday 3 June 2016

Top BBQ Tips for Summer

How to host the perfect BBQ? It’s easier than you think. Hosting a party or a BBQ over summer can seem like a wonderful idea (and it is), but then you have to organise it.  And what if it rains? This is Britain. It’s probably going to rain. Take a breath.  You’ve got this. Know your guests – make sure you check for any dietary […]

Thursday 5 May 2016

Interview: Hawthorn Brewing

4.8 / 5 ( 5 votes ) If you thought that Australians couldn’t give a XXXX about real beers, you could probably be forgiven. Relentless advertising from a small number of big brewers over the years has cemented brands like Fosters as market-leaders, virtually ubiquitous.  Those in the know would tell you real Australians know how to make awesome beer, and like us, they like […]

Friday 22 January 2016

Wines and whiskies to drink on Burns Night

3.5 / 5 ( 2 votes ) “Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face, Great chieftain o’ the pudding-race! Aboon them a’ yet tak your place, Painch, tripe, or thairm: Weel are ye wordy o’a grace As lang’s my arm.” – Robert Burns, Address To A Haggis Haggis and Burns Night are like Champagne and Hogmanay (or New Year’s Eve for those sassenachs out there).  The […]

Thursday 30 July 2015

Buyer’s Choice: Villa Nueva Torrontés 2014, Argentina

This week we present to you a delicious aromatic Torrontés.  It’s a grape variety unique to Argentina. Our Buyer Holly truffled deep to find a great value example to introduce this aromatic and refreshing variety. The grape is likely a crossing of Uva Negra with Muscat of Alexandria. It was often planted among other varieties, so it was a while before it winemakers identified it. Torrontés is interesting and […]

Thursday 23 July 2015

Ivan’s Food and Wine Pairing Secrets

5 / 5 ( 2 votes ) The rules and guidelines for wine and food pairing are subjective and often contradictory. Over the years a lot of rules, basic and not, have been developed. We forgot the golden rule: personal preference is what makes wine work its magic. There is no need to remember pairings between sophisticated dishes and sophisticated wines. Instead, don’t fall for […]

Tuesday 21 July 2015

The Best BBQ – Wine Fundamentals

Choosing the best wines for your BBQ isn’t as hard as you might think.  There are some great tricks you can use to make sure you and your friends enjoy great wine with your delicious chargrilled barbecued food. Tip 1: Keep it simple There are a lot of flavours to think about in your average BBQ.  Burgers? Check. Fish? Check. Sausages? Check. Chicken? Check. Vegetable skewers? Check. […]

Thursday 25 June 2015

Pink Flamencos

5 / 5 ( 1 vote ) Summer continues. The weather is almost playing ball. In honour of the almost-sunny spell we’re almost having, we’ve picked a white and a rosé as our wines of the week for you to enjoy. Free to taste in store, as always. The first of these delights is a white wine we’ve mentioned before: Hacienda Lopez de Haro Rioja […]