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As its World Malbec Day, we thought we'd revist the Malbec grape in its original home: Cahors in South West France... The red wines of the Lot Valley vineyards have such a deep colour that they are commonly known as the Black Wines of Cahors. Loved by Roman Emperors, who authorised the vines to be planted some 2000 years ago, Cahors wine was on the tables at the marriage of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry Plantagenet in 1152. Popes (especially Jean XXII,... read more

Bob Bob Ricard With a ‘Press for Champagne’ button glittering temptingly on every table, it’s no surprise that this place serves more bubbly than any other restaurant in the UK. Relax into a luxurious booth in the decadent dining area, enjoy wonderful Anglo-Russian food and fantastic service, and simply press the button whenever your glass runs dry! Champagne by the glass starts at £13.751 Upper James St, Soho, London, W1F 9DF Champagne + Fromage With a... read more

There are several times of the year that instantly mean chocolate to us: Christmas, birthdays, Mother’s Day and obviously, Easter! But doesn’t chocolate kill wine, you may ask? Wine educator Jennifer Franich gives us her top tips for matching wine with chocolate... There are few things in the world as enjoyable as a good glass of wine, and chocolate is one of them, so imagine if we could expertly match your glass of wine with your... read more

As you plan the festivities for the big day, don’t forget to pick up the perfect wines to pair with all that delicious Easter food… The main event: which wines pair best with roast lamb? You’ve got the menu covered, but how about the wine list? Keep your guests happy with a wine pairing that will stand up to the big, meaty flavours of a traditional roast lamb. Earthy red wines that aren’t... read more

A London Winery Take a left out of Bethnal Green Tube Station, walk under the railway bridge, make a sharp left down a narrow alleyway, scoot past a furniture store, and you’ll find yourself face to face with the new kid on the London wine scene. Renegade Urban Winery - the brainchild of owner Warwick Smith - is already making waves with its unique approach to the production and enjoyment of wine, and has been wildly popular with... read more

It’s English Tourism Week this week, and as there’s nothing we like more than a glass of English wine in a sunny vineyard (or just a vineyard, this is England after all…), we thought we’d take the opportunity to celebrate some of our favourite UK spots. If you’re a wine lover looking for a weekend escape, here’s everything you need to plan the perfect trip... The Black Swan Somewhere... read more

Is red wine good for your heart?Just in case you needed another reason to drink red wine, there have been countless studies over the last decade suggesting that just one glass per day could help to prevent blood clots, lower cholesterol and dramatically improve the health of your heart. Sadly, there are many who doubt these claims, and it has even been suggested that you would have to drink as many as 60 glasses per day in order to feel... read more

In the glass this week, we've got Mumm 6: a new cuvée which is 'redefining traditional perspectives' on ageing Champagne. Here's the story... Shaking up the Champagne industry, Maison Mumm, one of the world’s largest Champagne producers, launched its exciting new development in mature Champagne this week.‘Mumm 6’ spends six years in the cellars, before being rejuvenated with a special dosage liqueur from wine aged in oak barrels. The result is a rich, mature champagne... read more

With just four days to go before Mother’s Day here in the UK, we’ve put together our pick of the very best ways to celebrate the big day with your Mum. Whether you want to treat her to a bit of luxury, enjoy a good catch up over a few glasses of wine, or discover something new together, this weekend is the perfect time to do it! Afternoon Tea at Cutter and Squidge Serving up &lsquo... read more

You should never judge a book by its cover, but can you judge a wine by its label? We get through quite a bit of wine here at Winerist HQ (it’s a hard job, but someone’s got to do it…) and there’s nothing we love more than a clever, unexpected or downright cheeky label. We’re sharing a few of our favourites, and we are always on the lookout for more of... read more