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If you watched The Wine Show this week you might have found yourself craving a bottle of Pinot Noir - the grape made famous by cult film ‘Sideways’, filmed against the stunning backdrop of Santa Barbara. Thanks to Rex Pickett, the original author, and his two unlikely protagonists, Jack and Miles, Pinot Noir became so popular after the film’s 2004 release that sales rose by 16% and tourism in the Santa Ynez valley boomed. You can read about... read more

Harvest season: a time for picking grapes, cultivating the vines and... taking nude photos? Ok, so taking nude pictures amongst the vines isn’t a typical occurrence during the Harvest (that we’re aware of!), but it seems like this is one winery’s approach to the season. Domaine Marcel Lapierre in the heart of Beaujolais (Burgundy) has decided that sex sells, and, to test out this theory, has designed a pin-up calendar for the wine world... read more

When it comes to the flavour of a wine, it’s a group effort. Most notes on the tongue are a result of a whole host of different types of compounds working together, and there are hardly any individual compounds that are solely responsible for a particular aroma or flavour. But we live in an age of answers and that is exactly what the science-loving section of the wine community has been seeking out over the past few decades.... read more

An introduction to wine tasting etiquette. Whether you are a wine newbie or an experienced taster, wine tasting events are a fun way to learn about what you like and don’t like. It’s the perfect opportunity to try new wines without having to invest in a bottle if you don’t like it. To help you out at your next event, we’ve compiled a list of our top dos and don’ts,... read more

The world is full of fantastic wine regions to discover, which sometimes makes choosing the right one difficult. Our quiz will pair your tastes with the best wine destination for you!   read more

THANKSGIVING HISTORY Thanksgiving is a traditional American holiday which is celebrated every year on the 4th Thursday of November. Nowadays, the word evokes image of football, family reunions, roasted turkey and pumpkin pies. We take a look at the holiday and its history to give you a bit of background on the food and wine which makes Thanksgiving that extra bit special! Wampanoag, the native American tribe, dedicated part of their daily life giving thanks for the Creator’s... read more

We're not claiming to be psychic, but we do know a thing or two about tastes and palates. This is meant to be an educated guess based on what flavours you enjoy and your sensory profile. Fruits, herbs and spices are typical aromas found in wine and by matching your taste to those aromas in wine, we can at least provide a wine recommendation to suit your palate. Go on, give it a go... see if we can guess... read more

The Buchon family's winemaking story began in 1887 when Emile Bouchon settled in Chile having moved over from his native Saint Emilion in Bordeaux, but it was in 2015 that Viña Bouchon rebranded as Bouchon Family Wines, highlighting the Bouchon family’s heritage combined with a forward thinking attitude that aims to bridge past and future generations in both wine style and design. Above all else the Bouchon family values tradition and wine identity as paramount in their continued... read more

Discover more about Rioja wines & its traditional food Located in the north of Spain, La Rioja is well known because of its wines, but how well do we really know them? For instance, did you know that while Tempranillo is the most common variety, there are more red grapes used for blends or varietal wines? And on top of that you also a range of white grapes which can’t be forgotten.  And La Rioja is not... read more