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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

You know about Bordeaux, Champagne and the Napa Valley - 2018 is the year to step off the beaten track and discover some unlikely wine destinations producing the world’s most exciting new wines… what are you waiting for? United Kingdom Although it doesn’t get as much attention as its European cousins, the UK is quickly becoming one of the world’s most exciting wine destinations. While Sparkling Wine is at the forefront of British wine... read more

If you caught The Wine Show on Friday night, you were probably quite jealous to see Matt and James heading off to beautiful Cotignac in search of the perfect wine for the first course of a Provencal feast. We know we were! But wait, there’s good news: we’ve managed to snag the recipe for legendary chef Stéphane Raynaud’s enticing amuse bouche, and now you too can get involved in the action. Each... read more

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

Catalonia, an autonomous community of Spain, is well known for its vibrant cities, sandy beaches and relaxed, mediterranean way of life. From fresh Paella on the beach in Costa Brava to the distinctive ‘pinchos’ tapas dishes served on the Carrer de Blai in Barcelona, the cuisine is varied and flavoursome. Drawing inspiration from ingredients found in abundance along the Mediterranean coast, aubergine, garlic, tomatoes and other fresh vegetables feature heavily alongside many types of fish like tuna, anchovies... read more

Spotlight on... Villa Dianella A Rare Find Villa Dianella is a charming Bed and Breakfast nestled in the Tuscan hills just outside the town of Vinci, the birthplace of Leonardo di Vinci. The small property is a beautiful 16th Century hunting lodge, surrounded by gardens, vineyards and olive groves. Each of the rooms has been prepared with the greatest care to provide a comfortable, luxurious space for guests to relax and enjoy the beautiful views. Just a few kilometers from... read more

Burgundy, in central France, has long been celebrated as one of the world’s most iconic wine regions. It is famous for its unique terroir, which allows Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes to flourish, and although the region is small in size, it is hugely influential in the world of wine. This picturesque haven for wine lovers also produces some of the world’s most expensive wines (alongside plenty of more affordable options), and there are over 80 recognised... read more

Spotlight on Clos Figueras An introduction to the region In the 1980s, a group of wine enthusiasts led by René Barbier and Alvaro Palacios recognised the potential for producing world class wines in the Priorat - a wine region within Catalonia. They began to make their own wine in an abandoned chicken farm outside the village of Gratallops, eventually catching the attention of the international wine press and putting Priorat back on the map as one of the great... 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

Food and Wine Spotlight on… Argentina Argentina has always been a fascinating destination for travellers, and as their wine industry continues to flourish, it is becoming a hot spot for wine-lovers and foodies to enjoy its bold and distinctive flavours. Argentina’s rolling hills and valleys produce the country’s famed Malbec, as well as an increasingly big variety of other grapes, with more vineyards being established each year. An increased international interest in Argentinian wine (we... read more