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Age at the same time as beauty….

Sunday, January 18th, 2015

Cune Reserva 2009


As Helen Mirren becomes the new face of L’Oréal aged 69 hot on the heals of 80 year old Joan Didion’s stint as the face of the Spring/Summer collection at Céline it is clear that age and beauty are finally starting to weigh in with the same equity. As in wine the general belief that history and years of experience will reap better [read more expensive] wines often rings true which is why it’s equally refreshing to come across a winery with 135 years of heritage, like Cune from Rioja, whose wines are not only on the high street, but affordable and drinkable too.

Their Rioja Reserva 2009, all smoky nose, cherry lips and voluptuous body tastes younger than it’s years and is available for much less than most anti wrinkle creams: £14.99 from Waitrose, Majestic, Wine Rack and Richard Dawes Fine Wine.

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White temptation….

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

marananga-damAnyone in the wine trade will tell you that the last thing they want to drink after a trade wine tasting is a glass of wine. So it’s customary for the hosts to serve beer at the after party. If your festive season was anything like mine then Christmas is like one long wine tasting, but come January it’s not beer I’m craving or a detox for that matter, instead I embrace the reality that my January will involve some wine and turn my attention to which will make giving into temptation all the more worth while. 

If you only drink one white wine this month make it:
Marananga Dam Roussanne, Viognier, Marsanne 2013, Barossa Valley, Australia, M&S, £14.99


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From Vine to Glass episode 4….

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

 Last in our video edit of Neil McGuigan and John Torode’s wine making journey which sees John taste his wine for the first time, admit it’s an achievement of a lifetime then serves it with a roast chicken sandwich…! Only an Aussie could do that with style and get away with it! Cheers guys!

*This is a sponsored video*

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Cracking Christmas wine presents…

Sunday, December 14th, 2014


Christmas wine gifts tend to fall into one of three categories: novelty, naff and unsociably expensive. Luckily this year that’s changed and I can now relieve you of the worries of what to get the wine drinker in your life. Good bye Santa Claus wine bottle jackets and snowman shaped corkscrews here are two last minute wine gifts that will guarantee you a Thank You card. One in the post, not just a text message, cos that is naff. ………

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From Vine to Glass episode 3….

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

The one where Neil McGuigan and John Torode try to describe a wines’ flavour and reveal one mans yuzu is another mans lime rind… not so easy is it boys!! 

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Champagne or Bublés…?

Sunday, December 7th, 2014

not all that sparkles is champagne
In the season of good cheer and all things bubbly it’s unfortunate timing to learn that the Champenoise are ploughing forward with a particularly uncheerful law suit. Wine critic, presenter and educator Champagne Jayne stands accused of misleading and deceiving the public by using the name Champagne Jayne whilst also promoting other sparkling wines, and according to is being taken to court over the matter for trademark infringement by France’s Champagne trade body.


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