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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

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

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