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The Best Wines for Christmas Meals

What are the general rules for wine-pairing at Christmas? Rule number one: there are no rules. There are so many flavours on the table, meaning there are loads of pairing options. Wines should complement not only the food, but the familial, celebratory feeling of togetherness. Red Wines When branching out in the red department, keep in mind why Beaujolais Nouveau pairs infamously well with the traditional faire: it’s light, juicy, and palette-cleansing without competing with the meal. Light- or medium-bodied reds are the way to go. Pinot Noir is a great alternative, as are earthy, herbally reds with lower tannins,...

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Spotlight Nyetimber 1086 Prestige Cuvée

When it comes to choosing a bottle of something special, a prestige cuvée makes a great choice to add to your collection. While we tend to think of English wine as a new and emerging category, the history of wine production in England goes back to Roman times. There were more than 40 vineyards listed in the Great Survey of 1086, otherwise known as the Domesday Book. It was in the Domesday Book that Nyetimber was first mentioned. Although the property wasn’t a vineyard at that time, it is the estate’s longstanding history that inspired the name for Nyetimber’s new...

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What’s the Difference between New World and Old World Wine?

Old World Wine Old world wines are from countries or regions where winemaking (with Vitis vinifera grapes) first originated. Old world wine countries include: France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Austria, Hungary, and Germany. Also, based on the definition, countries like Turkey, Georgia, Armenia, and Moldova are also able to be considered old world wine regions too! New World Wine New world wines are from countries or regions where winemaking (and Vitis vinifera grapes) were imported during (and after) the age of exploration. New world wine countries include: the United States, Australia, South Africa, Chile, Argentina, and New Zealand are New World wine regions. Also,...

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UK Wine Benefits from Hottest Ever Summer

On the back of Met Office stats which show that England saw the hottest summer on record, hopes are high for a vintage year for English and Welsh wine, meaning this could be the perfect time to invest in any UK based wine makers you may have been coveting. The Wine and Spirit Trade Association says the unusually warm weather led to ideal conditions for growing grapes in the UK, which it hopes will lead to more and better-quality wine from the country. English vineyards are reaping the benefits of a record heatwave of 2018. The knock-on effect of near...

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Spotlight on: Jacques Selosse

Spotlight on:  Jacques Selosse Every decade or two, a winemaker comes along whom through the force of his ideas, and the brilliance of his work, has the power to change the course of wine history. Anselme Selosse, the current owner of Jacques Selosse, is one of these, let’s find out why. The Young Pretender The estate was founded by Jacques Selosse and his family in the 1950s, with the first vintage being bottled in 1960. The current proprietor of this estate is Anselme Selosse who took over from his father Jacques in 1980. Anselme studied at the Lycée viticole de Beaune and was one of the...

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