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Tea Sommelier?…How wine is being shunned for the good old Cuppa!!

I have read something recently that I wanted to share with you because well it made the wino in me a little sad. There is a bit of a health craze going on at the moment, which has meant a decrease in the amount of people drinking alcohol generally but more importantly wine!! Recent research […]

It’s all about the Riesling…A guide to styles & food pairing tips! of my all time favourite white grapes; I’m sure I have banged on about this fact a few times so apologies for that, but I really could never get bored of what it has to offer. It’s wildly different depending on the region it comes from, however it always has a similar trait in […]

Wine Review Round Up!!

Its wine review time, here is our round up of fav’s over the past couple of weeks…Enjoy!! Yalumba Y Series Viognier 2016 – South Australia from Majestic for £10.99 From the beautiful Barossa Valley this full bodied aromatic Viognier is crisp, refreshing and floral with a lovely creaminess on the palate. Peaches & cream come […]

6 Common Mistakes When Ordering Wine!!

Ordering wine can be a daunting task for some so hopefully my run down of some of the pitfalls will help in building a bit more confidence next time you’re ordering a bottle! Bee line for the wine list Don’t dive straight into the wine list at least have an idea of what you are […]

Wine Review Round Up!!

Its’s wine review time again! Here is a run down of our fav’s over the past couple of weeks…Enjoy! AM Adega de Monção Vinho Verde 2016 – Portugal from Laithwaites @ £9.49 Light, Fresh & Zesty is what comes to mind when you think about Vinho Verde and that was exactly what you get with […]

5 people not to be at a wine tasting!

Mr “I could murder a beer” • Mr Beer doesn’t really like wine. He’s not sure why he’s at the wine tasting. Maybe his boss sent him at short notice to help improve the wine list. Or maybe his friends have dragged him out for a sophisticated afternoon. Either way, we’re not really sure why […]

Wine Review Round Up!

So what wine have we been drinking over the past couple of weeks? Even though it’s been hot hot hot in London we still have a couple of hearty reds to showcase this week on our wine review, as well as one of the best Muscadet’s we have ever tasted…no lie it was special! Willy […]

Wine Review Round Up!

Sooo what have The Grapevine Social been drinking? We thought it was a nice idea to do a fortnightly round up of some of our fav’s and where you can grab yourself a bottle. They are all mid range wines in terms of price and we have popped in a handy link so you can […]

Wine on Tap? Yes Please!!

More Wine created by wine buyer and sommelier Rich Hamblin is a selection of wines sold in eco-friendly formats, from Bag in Boxes (Bagnums) to Pouches and the one and only Quello, a semi sparkling Italian white wine in a can…yes that’s right a can! I can hear wine swigging festival goers whooping right now. […]

10 Worst Mistakes Wine Drinkers Make!!

We all make the odd faux pas when it comes to wine, even experienced wine drinkers. How many out of the list would you admit to and please don’t say No.8! 1. Filling your glass to the brim The wine can’t breathe, you’re at risk of spillage and it just looks a bit silly. 2. […]

Would You Pay A Premium For English Fizz?

English wine is flying right now, did you know that we are now a premium wine producing region? Yep that’s right, premium. We have tasted a few different styles both still and sparkling and we are totally in agreement its pretty good stuff. Its getting so popular that a new bill to make British embassies […]

RAW Wine Week London

If you’re not sure what RAW wine week is, let me fill you in. It’s a wine festival dedicated to showcasing growers whose wines are of low intervention, organic, biodynamic & natural, it didn’t disappoint. Artisan growers got to show off their fine organic/biodynamic wines and we got to taste them all, well not all […]

A Taste Of Austria!!

Austrian wine is rapidly gaining international exposure and becoming increasingly popular among wine lovers. I recently read on the huffington post site that it was awarded best wine travel destination in Europe by the Travvy Awards 2016 (like the academy awards for the American travel industry) beating Bordeaux and Tuscany. Impressive I’m sure you’ll agree. […]

Wine Holidays in Tuscany

If you are looking for the perfect wine tourism holiday, Tuscany it is. Florence in Tuscany is a beautiful Renaissance city, on the river Arno, with historical monuments and museums along with cool shopping, bars and restaurants. Florence is also close to some of the most important Tuscan wine regions: Chianti Classico, Montalcino, Montepulciano and Vernaccia di San Gimignano. There […]

Grape of the week – Viognier

Let’s start off with the pronunciation (Vee-on-e-yay) The reason we have chosen this great variety as ‘grape of the week’ is twofold. Firstly, it is not particularly easy to grow, and then secondly, it is easy to ruin the flavours during the wine making process, but why is it so difficult? Growing the Viognier grape […]

White Wines from the Rhône!!

The famous Rhône Valley in southern France is generally associated with red wine. Cote-du-Rhône and its better looking brother Châteauneuf-du-Pape are famous names that make us think of mouth-watering reds. However, the Rhône Valley doesn’t just produce red wine, in fact there are white Cote-du-Rhône wines and Châteauneuf-du-Pape classifications too and the whites are starting […]